Rip Van Winkle continues to impress at Tatts

A first-crop son of Rip Van Winkle headed the second day’s trading in Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket on Tuesday when selling for 230,000gns to owner Paul Smith.

Out of the two-year-old winner Shanghai Lily and offered by Cheveley Park Stud, the colt will be racing for somebody who has a particular affection for Rip Van Winkle – Smith’s father Derrick jointly-raced the brilliant son of Galileo.

Smith told TDN: “I’m delighted to have bought him. He’s by a stallion we know well and who seems to be very popular at this early stage of his second career. Fingers crossed he can go on to make as successful a start with his runners as Mastercraftsman has done.

“I’m only just starting to get involved on the sales and breeding side. We’ve been really fortunate to have been involved with some wonderful horses and seeing how they progress as a stallion is a really interesting part of it.”

Smith later paid 150,000gns for a Rip Van Winkle grandson of G1 Oaks heroine Lady Carla offered from Kellsgrange Stud.

Smith owns Saturday’s G3 Autumn Stakes winner Kingston Hill (2c Mastercraftsman-Audacieuse, by Rainbow Quest), a possible Guineas contender for next year from Mastercraftsman’s first crop and the young sire’s second generation have also been in demand.

On Tuesday at Tattersalls, a Mastercraftsman colt realised 200,000gns when sold from Eddie O’Leary’s Lynn Lodge Stud to David Elsworth. Out of the G2-placed Peintre Celebre mare Splash Mountain, the colt was bought for Hong Kong owner Ben Wong and will join James Fanshawe.

“He’s a proper horse, he’s too good for me,” quipped Elsworth. “Ben Wong has horses in training with James and with me and I tend to buy most of his horses for him.”

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