Twyla Tharp tops Tattersalls December Sales

04 December 2012

TWYLA Tharp was always expected to cause fireworks when she entered the sale ring at Tattersalls in December and that she did, making the top price of the week at 1.7million guineas. The winning bid was secured by French-based agent Nicolas de Watrigant, after he had seen off the interests of America’s David Ingordo and Japan’s Tomoyuki Nakamura.

Twyla Tharp has already proven herself to be a broodmare of the highest quality, producing this year’s champion three-year-old filly, The Fugue. Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber’s Dansili filly was an unlucky third in the Oaks before proving she was the best of her generation with a scintillating win in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. After a narrow defeat on unsuitably rain-softened ground in the Yorkshire Oaks, she then travelled to the USA where again she will go down an unlucky loser when finishing a close-up third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Twyla Tharp,who was in foal to top-stallion Oasis Dream, was also a decent race filly for the Lloyd Webbers. Trained by John Gosden, she won her maiden at Goodwood before going down by just a short head in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot at York.

She was bred at the Lloyd Webber’s Kiltinan Castle Stud in Ireland, out of Sumoto, a daughter of Mtoto, who was purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 920,000gns in 2000. Sumoto is also the dam of Group 1 winners Summoner and Compton Admiral.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud, said: “It is always sad to see such a special mare sell but we are delighted with the price she made. We also have her daughter Susan Stoman at the stud and she will be joined by The Fugue after she has finished racing so hopefully they will continue the legacy.”

De Watrigant said: "She is a beautiful mare, the dam of a champion and with the best pedigree in this catalogue."