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Under the hammer 06/09/08

As the yearling sales season progresses, another 17 yearlings from the first crop of Zafeen are set to pass through the ring in September and October.

The St Leger Festival Sale (10-11 September) includes the first foal from the Victory Note mare Sambarina (lot 89), whose family has received a massive boost since the catalogue was printed courtesy of the G2 July Stakes victory of Classic Blade. His dam Queen Bodicea is a half-sister to Sambarina, as is the Listed winner Meanya.

Lot 223 in the Goffs Million Sale (29 September – 1 October) is a Zafeen half-sister to Confuchias, a Group 3 winner by Cape Cross. Their dam, Schust Madame (Second Set), has a clean sheet of four winners from four runners to date.

Two colts are catalogued in the Goffs Sportsman’s Sale on 2 October. The first, lot 844, is from the Alzao mare Azolia, a half-sister to ten winners. Lot 871 is the first foal of Chase The Lady (Atticus), a half-sister to Group 3 winner Nunatall.

The marathon four-book October sale at Tattersalls kicks off on 7 October with lot 555 in the first part of the sale being reserved for a chestnut colt out of Hiwaayati, whose winning daughter Sweet Emotion is the dam of G1 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Winged Cupid. Like so many of Zafeen’s first book, this is a family which boasts plenty of speed, Hiwaayati’s dam Alathea having produced the Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Lead On Time and Champion sprinter Great Commotion.

Another four Zafeen yearlings appear in Book 2 of the sale. Lindfield Belle’s colt is lot 645 and she is a proven matron with two of her previous offspring, the full-brothers Baltic King and Domingues both being Stakes winners. In total, she has produced seven winners from nine runners.

Signor Peltro’s recent Goodwood win over Bunbury Cup hero Little White Lie has provided a timely update for his Zafeen half-brother which sells as lot 772. His dam Pewter Lass has three multiple winners to her name and a two- and three-year-old brother to Signor Peltro, who is by former Overbury resident Bertolini, in training.

Ceremonial Jade has been running well all season for young trainer Marco Botti and has now won six times and been Listed-placed. His half-brother is scheduled to appear on the Tuesday of Book 2 as lot 958. Beacon Silver, by Belmez, has already produced a two-year-old dual winner, Gramm, and her Zafeen colt is part of Ireland’s Kilminfoyle House Stud consignment (lot 1132).

Mild Deception, a half-sister to Irish Oaks winner Margarula, has bred seven winners from her eight runners. Her colt is lot 1490 in Tattersalls October Book 3, which features six Zafeen yearlings in total. Among them is the first foal from Force In The Wings, an unraced half-sister to Listed winner Nights Cross (lot 1718).

Magical Veil (Majestic Light) has been a consistent producer with seven winners from nine runners to date. Her February-foaled Zafeen colt features in Book 4 (31 October), consigned by Witney Stud.