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Mares in foal to Canford Cliffs in demand.

Mares in foal to Canford Cliffs in demand.

At the recently completed 2012 Tattersalls December Mare Sale in Newmarket England, mares in foal to the five time Group One winner Canford Cliffs were certainly in high demand.

Dubbed 'The Worlds Most International Thoroughbred Sale,' the level of acceptance for Canford Cliffs as a first season sire was very plain to see. Standing his first Northern Hemisphere season at Coolmore Stud Ireland this year, the prices mares carrying his first pregnancies realised stacked up extremely well against his Euro17,500 fee.

Topping the list at 175,000 Gns was The Shrew (GB), a multiple stakes placed daughter of Dansili and the Ascot stakes winner Whazzat. Whazzat is a half sister to the Group winner Whazzis. Carrying her first foal and due to foal in February, The Shrew was purchased by Emerald Bloodstock.

Another to attract plenty of interest was Queen Of Carthage (USA), an unraced daughter of Cape Cross and the Group One winning mare Satwa Queen. Also carrying her first foal and due to foal in March, bidding finally stopped on her at 160,000 Gns at which price McKeever Bloodstock were in control.

The BBA Ireland snapped up two mares in foal to Canford Cliffs. Winged Valkyrie (Ire) was the first and she realised 130,000 Gns. Carrying her first foal and due in January, Winged Valkyrie is a winning Hawk Wing half sister to Group winners Above Average and Sent From Heaven.

Soon after that purchase BBA Ireland won out again for another mare in foal to Canford Cliffs. This time it was for Bright Sapphire (Ire), a Galileo daughter of the Group Two winner Jewel In The Sand. Once again carrying a first foal and due in January, Bright Sapphire changed hands for 75,000 Gns.

Canford Cliffs is currently putting the finishing touches on his first season here at Blue Gum Farm. He heads back to Ireland next week. As he did there, he has proven wonderfully fertile here and the many positive comments about his libido and fertility from the many walk on farms that have used him have been a pleasure to hear. We look forward very much to seeing his first northern hemisphere foals before welcoming his first foals here in Australia next Spring.