Cracksman Breeding Right tops Tattersalls Online October Sale at 105,000 guineas

The Tattersalls Online October Sale was headlined by a breeding right to CRACKSMAN which realised 105,000gns to Philip von Ullmann of Gestüt Schlenderhan. The Dalham Hall Stud resident has made huge strides with his first crop of three-year olds this year, headlined by Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner ACE IMPACT, who also landed the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club. 


When asked what appealed about CRACKSMAN von Ullmann said: “We believe that Cracksman is the perfect stallion for Schlenderhan’s philosophy because he fits perfectly with our ADLERFLUG mares, especially those out of MONSUN dams. What more can you ask of a stallion who in his first crop has bred an Arc winner? We have a couple of ADLERFLUG mares who could visit him next year. We will wait until we do our proper planning but he's definitely going to get a very strong mare from us.” 


After using the Tattersalls Online Platform for the first time von Ullman added: “Our stud manager told me that there was a breeding right being auctioned and we were quickly convinced that we would go for it. This is the first time that I had used the online platform and it was good. Once I was approved to bid, I did one click and I got him so I can’t complain!”


Topping the horses in training section of the sale was high-class two-year-old colt BLUE PRINCE who sold to G and A Racing for 52,000gns from Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank Stables.

The son of leading first season sire BLUE POINT appealed to many potential purchasers, having won impressively at York in the summer before matching that form when finishing third in a higher grade at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival.


The aforementioned G and A Racing were revealed to be Gary Hignett and Angela Turner who joined forces to purchase the colt and will be sending him to trainer David Evans in Wales. Angela commented afterwards:


“We were driving but I could watch the sale on my mobile and we’re really pleased. Gary and myself had horses separately before but now we’re living together and we’ve made G & A Racing. Gary found the horse online and we’ve just retired one of our horses so we were looking for a replacement. We might see if there’s some all-weather stuff for him but mainly we’ll get him sparked up for the next turf season.”


After using the Tattersalls Online platform for the first time, Angela added: “It was brilliant. I emailed Marie (Sullivan) and she said what to do. It was very easy. If you’re not going to see the horse in person, the videos are really helpful.”


Recent National Hunt form also proved popular for buyers with last month’s Sligo chase winner FIGHTER ALLEN, fetching 21,000gns when purchased by PH Bloodstock and FINAL ESCAPE, a runner-up on her bumper debut last month, realising 40,000gns to Dan Astbury and Stockton Hall. The Canterbrook Stud-consigned four-year old filly was previously trained by Margaret Mullins in Ireland and is bred to improve for this initial outing being a half-sister to the Grade 1 placed hurdler LAST ENCOUNTER. 


Astbury also signed the docket for French filly LOVE TRUE at 35,000gns. Consigned by trainer Bruno de Montzey, the three-year old by ECTOT could well be seen over obstacles herself this winter having shown winning form over 1m 5f in soft ground during the summer.


The 18 yearlings in the catalogue attracted plenty of interest with the highest price of 12,000gns coming from a son of leading National Hunt sire FALCO consigned by Guy Bloodstock Ltd. Bred from the Grade 2 placed hurdler DOUBLY GUEST, the chesnut filly is a half-sister to four winners and hails from the family of CHARLIE FARNSBARNS. 

Other yearlings to find favour were an EXPERT EYE filly who is half-sister to a pair of black-type performers and sold for 8,000gns to Alan Dean whilst a son of Group 1 Commonwealth Cup winner EQTIDAAR consigned by Colbert Stud who realised 5,500gns to Ed Stapleton Bloodstock.


The Tattersalls Online September Sale realised a turnover of 411,200 guineas for the sale of 45 lots, at an average of 9,138 guineas. Almost 200 bidders registered for the sale from across Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Switzerland and the Gulf region.

Unsold lots remain available and offers can be made through the Make An Offer facility on the Tattersalls Online website. Enquiries on unsold lots are also welcome via email and phone to the Tattersalls Online team at

The next sale to take place on the Tattersalls Online platform will be the November Online Sale on 22 - 23 November. Entries for the November Online Sale will be accepted until Friday 10 November and can be made through the Tattersalls Online website. Enquiries regarding the Tattersalls Online monthly sales are welcome by email to or by contacting us on +44 1638 665931.