Hanky Panky, a half sister to Druk-My-Niet Stud’s resident sire Tiger Dance, topped the 2015 Tattersalls December Mare Sale.
The sale, which concluded on Thursday, ended with a turnover of 46,513,500 –just shy of 2014’s total of 48,290, 695.
The top lot sold, Hanky Panky, was knocked down to John Ferguson for 2,700,000 guineas. A daughter of Epsom Derby winner and champion sire Galile, she sold in foal to leading sire Dubawi, the latter being represented by no fewer than 11 individual G1 winners in 2015.
Hanky Panky, who won and placed third in the G3 Ballyogan Stakes, was consigned to the sale by Highclere Stud on behalf of John Sikura.
Highclere’s Lady Carolyn Warren was understandably overjoyed with the result. ““It is a huge privilege to sell a mare such as this,” said Lady Carolyn Warren, “and we thank John Sikura for entrusting us with her. She is a beautiful mare and ticked every box.
“There were a lot of different parties interested, and a lot of different people bidding. We are very pleased that Sheikh Mohammed bought her, he is such a huge supporter of the industry.”
The beautifully bred Hanky Panky always looked likely to prove a standout –a daughter of the world’s leading sire, she is out of the top class mare Mariah’s Storm (by Rahy), whose ten wins included the G2 Arlington Washington Lassie S, and the G2 Turfway Park BC Hcp.
Mariah’s Storm, however, is best known as the dam of Horse Of The Year and three times champion US sire Giant’s Causeway. The latter’s full brother, Tiger Dance, currently stands at stud in the Western Cape, while G2 Cherry Hinton winner You’resothrilling (an own sister to Giant’s Causeway and Tiger Dance), is the dam of G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous and this year’s G1 2000 Guineas hero Gleneagles, who has since been retired to Coolmore Stud.