Sottsass Walking

Tattersalls Ireland Host First Yearlings By World Champion Sottsass

Following high demand for his stock at Arqana, the first yearlings by Sottsass are set to star at this week’s Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero is represented by seven yearlings over the two days, beginning with Kellsgrange Stud’s three-parts brother to Group 2 performer Mango Tango (Lot 9). The Castlebridge Consignment follow with a colt (Lot 24) out of a half-sister to four Stakes winners led by Group 2 Flying Childers’ Stakes winner Ubettabelieveit.

Black-type mare Bellajeu, who had Group 1 performer Wedding Vow behind her in the Oaks Trial, was among Sottsass’ quality first book of mares. Her resulting filly will be offered by Taroka Stud as Lot 41 on Tuesday.

Stakes performer Roystonea was another one of many black-type mares sent to Sottsass in his first season and subsequently produced a half-sister to Group 2 scorer Foundation. The well-bred bay (Lot 407) is one of two Sottsass fillies consigned by Whitehall Stud, the other a granddaughter of Grade 1 heroine Sense Of Style (Lot 183).

Continuing the theme of envious pedigrees, Baroda Stud offer a Sottsass filly out of a full-sister to Group 1 filly Rimth as Lot 191, while Manister House Stud’s Sottsass colt (Lot 309) hails from the family of Archarcharch.

Sottsass’s own pedigree has improved since Oceanic Bloodstock went to €340,000 for the son of Siyouni as a yearling. His half-sister Mysistercharlie was twice placed at Grade 1 level then, but soon broke her Grade 1 duck and would go on to win another six Grade 1 races in a row.

Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for Peter Brandt, Sottsass first showed his true potential when winning the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club; often dubbed a stallion-making race due to the success of past winners such as Lope De Vega, Le Havre, Shamardal, et all. He followed up in the Group 2 Prix Niel, before finishing a gallant third to Waldgeist and Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Crowned World Champion Three-Year-Old, Sottsass returned the following season to win the Group 1 Prix Ganay and ended his career on a high when winning the ‘Arc’.