By James Thomas, The Racing Post

On a day beset by increasingly heavy snow showers, the second session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale was topped by a son of Kodiac (Danehill) who went the way of Sun Stud for 210,000 guineas.

It was another day of strong trade, with 216 lots changing hands for turnover of 9,258,500 guineas for a ten per cent year-on-year gain, an average of 42,865 guineas for a seven per cent increase and a median of 33,500 guineas – up from 30,000 guineas.

The session-topping son of Tally-Ho Stud’s record-breaking sire Kodiac was the first foal this week to break the 200,000 guineas barrier, as the Australian-based Sun Stud team saw off Hubert Honore for the Meadowlands Stud- consigned colt, who was catalogued as Lot 646.

He’s really well bred, obviously Kodiac is a high-class stallion and he’s a full-relation to a stakes winner,” said the stud’s bloodstock adviser David O’Callaghan of the brother to Grade Three winner Spirit Of Xian.

“He’s a lovely balanced, attractive colt and will be raced by Sun Bloodstock. It would have been a lot of money for a pinhook, and it was a lot of money to race too, but when you’re buying to race you can afford to spend a little more. If he can run he won’t look expensive.”

The Kodiac colt bought by Sun Bloodstock for 210,000gns from Meadowlands Stud at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale (pic-Laura Green)

Sun Stud have been active as sellers as well as buyers this week, having bred the Kodiac half-sister to Barney Roy (Excelebration) who topped Monday’s December Yearling Sale at 400,000 guineas.

The transaction also provided Meadowlands’ Brian Kennedy, who bred the colt out of the Touch Gold (Deputy Minister) mare Gold Again, with his best ever result at Tattersalls.

“I bought the mare here as a maiden at the December Sale in 2009 for 6,200 guineas, explained Kennedy.

“I liked her because of the Miswaki in her pedigree. Her second covering was by Kodiac and she produced Spirit Of Xian. I like working with Tally-Ho and we have been lucky together. I always sell my stock as foals, then I can concentrate on the mares in the spring.”

Kodiac, who has supplied a staggering 54 two-year-old winners in Europe in 2017, has had seven lots sell this week for an aggregate of 702,000 guineas and an average of 100,285 guineas for foals bred at a covering fee of €45,000.

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