The first crop of high-class sprinter TASLEET has been well received at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in Newmarket.
Sixteen lots by the well-bred son of SHOWCASING changed hands, achieving an average price just shy of 20,000gns – a fine advance on his opening covering fee of £6,000.
TASLEET‘S best-priced foal of the week was a half-brother to Listed-placed RECKONING, the dam of Group 1 winners SIR RON PRIESTLEY and SUBJECTIVIST, sold by Petches Farm to Chris Armstrong for 60,000gns.
Another good result was enjoyed by Mickley Stud when it sold the half-brother to Listed-winning and Group 2-placed sprinter MAJOR JUMBO to Mags O’Toole for 58,000gns.
Just as eye-catching as the prices of the TASLEET foals at Park Paddocks in the last five days was the identity of their buyers.
Renowned talent scouts such as Peter and Ross Doyle, Michael Fitzpatrick, Larry Stratton, Timmy Hillman, Charlie Oakshott, Philippa Mains and Michael Tallon all helped themselves to his stock.
TASLEET was a smart two-year-old, winning the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes and DBS Premier Yearling Stakes and finishing second in the Richmond Stakes and Somerville Tattersall Stakes.
He developed into one of the leading sprinters of his generation, taking the Duke of York Stakes by two and a half lengths and running second in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Haydock Sprint Cup and British Champions Sprint.
TASLEET also has persuasive pedigree claims, being a full-brother to Listed-placed LADY LIGHT out of a CADEAUX GENEREUX half-sister to Champagne Stakes winner ETLAALA and to the dam of none other than Shadwell’s own record-breaking world champion sprinter BATTAASH.