October 9 -11, 2018
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World’s Highest Yearling Price in 2018 on Opening Day of Tattersalls October Book 1
Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale started on a remarkably strong note with a colt by GALILEO becoming the highest priced yearling to be sold anywhere in the world this year when purchased by MV Magnier for 3.4 million guineas. Stellar trade on the opening day saw five lots top a million guineas and 20 lots realise 500,000 guineas or more with a robust clearance rate of 85%.
Galileo Colt Becomes the Highest Priced Yearling Sold in the World this Year
Hitting the headlines on the opening day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was the GALILEO colt out of SHASTYE who became the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in the world this year when knocked down to MV Magnier for 3,400,000 guineas.
An international cast of potential purchasers raised their hand for the sale topper including Jocelyn de Moubray, Ballylinch Stud’s John O’Connor alongside Mick Flanigan, Simon Crisford and Japanese trainer Mitsu Nakauchida who was the eventual underbidder.
Consigned by Newsells Park Stud, the regally bred son of GALILEO is a full brother to Group winners SECRET GESTURE, SIR ISAAC NEWTON and most recently the Group 2 Beresford Stakes winner JAPAN who was purchased at Book 1 last year for 1,300,000 guineas.
Julian Dollar of Newsells Park Stud said:
“She is a wonderful mare and the pedigree says it all, but timing is everything and Japan’s Beresford win just revitalised everything and brought back some interest and vibrancy to the pedigree.
“This is a lovely colt, and has always been a lovely horse, though maybe not as pretty as Sir Isaac Newton. I think that Aidan believes he did not get it quite right with Sir Isaac, so Coolmore was happy to come back again – I also know that Ballydoyle holds Japan in high regard.
“I have to thank everyone at home – yearling manager Gerry [Meehan] and his team have done a fabulous job, the whole draft looks superb and this horse was in top order. They have all been a really happy team to work with this autumn.”
The sale of the GALILEO colt out of SHASTYE represented the equal second highest price for a colt at auction in Europe, only behind his full brother SIR ISAAC NEWTON who realised 3.6 million guineas in this sale ring in 2013.
October Yearling Sale Day 1 Comparative Figures:
Half Sister to Garswood Sells for 1.2 Million Guineas
The GALILEO filly out of the KYLLACHY mare PENCHANT set the bid board alight early on in proceedings when selling to Emmanuel de Seroux of US based Narvick International for 1,200,000 guineas.
‘Flash’ Conroy’s Glenvale Stud consigned the well related filly, a half-sister to the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest winner GARSWOOD and an own sister to the Group race performing two year old ZAGITOVA who was purchased at this sale last year for 1.6 million guineas and who ran fourth in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes on her latest start.
De Seroux commented:
“She is gorgeous, she is by Galileo and as a half-sister to a Group 1 winner, she has been bought as a breeding prospect. There are no plans as yet, but there is a chance she could stay to race in Europe.”
Dubawi Colt Makes 1.1 Million Guineas
On a day that was dominated by GALILEO, DUBAWI also had his time in the spotlight when the Meon Valley Stud consigned son of the super sire was purchased by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for 1.1 million guineas with trainer Roger Varian the underbidder.
Catalogued as lot 113, the eye-catching colt is out of the two time Classic runner up SHIROCCO STAR who was second in the 2012 renewals of both the Group 1 Epsom and Irish Oaks and who hails from a Meon Valley Stud family that includes the Irish 2,000 Guineas runner-up FRANCE.
Stroud Coleman Purchase Galileo Colt for 1.1 Million Guineas
Leading consignor Newsells Park Stud sold two of the five lots to top a million including the GALILEO colt out of the OASIS DREAM mare POSSET, an own sister to six time Group 1 winner MIDDAY, who was knocked down to Simon Crisford and signed for by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for 1.1 million guineas.
The February born colt was part owned by John Gunther, the breeder of US Triple Crown winner JUSTIFY, who purchased POSSET from the Juddmonte Draft at the Tattersalls December Sale in 2014 for 625,000 guineas.
Gunther’s daughter Tanya said:
“The mare has a Frankel colt foal and is in-foal to him. We used Galileo because he is the best stallion in the world – we probably should go to Dubawi next! It has all worked out well today.”
Kingman Colt Tops Million Guineas
The Coolmore team, headed by MV Magnier signed for three of the five million guinea lots including the son of KINGMAN purchased from Michael Fitzpatrick’s Kilminfoyle House Stud for 1,050,000 guineas.
The sale of the son of the winning DANSILI mare SHEMYA represented an impressive pinhooking success for his owners who bought the colt at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale for 135,000 guineas.
An emotional Fitzpatrick recalled:
“As a foal he had a really good walk, he was a good physical and I bought him from Giles Wates of Langton Stud.
“It was a lot of money to give for a foal, and it was our last bid, but it has worked out and I am so pleased for my staff, Pamela and Santos – I have to thank them.
“I have had pinhooks sell for 475,000gns, but not had one top half a million – and then this guy sells for over a million!”
The Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 continues at 11am on Wednesday, October 10th.
Book 2 of Europe’s Largest Yearling Sale
October 15 – 17, 2018
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Catalogues for Books 2, 3 and 4 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Now Online
The catalogues for Books 2, 3 and 4 of the 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale are online now and can be viewed at www.tattersalls.com. Book 2 features 804 yearlings and will take place October 15 – 17, Book 3 has 652 lots catalogued and will take place October 18 – 19, while Book 4 has a further 122 yearlings selling on the morning of October 20th.
This year’s October Book 2 Group 1 winners BATTAASH and POET’S WORD, as well as hugely impressive two year old Group 2 winner DARK VISION, have all provided the best possible advertisements for Europe’s largest yearling sale and the 2018 catalogue features own or half-brothers and sisters to an impressive 176 Group and Listed winners including 2017 and 2018 Group 1 winners BEST SOLUTION, BLUE POINT, DUE DILIGENCE, UNFORTUNATELY and URBAN FOX. In addition there are 108 sons and daughters of Group and Listed winning mares catalogued.
The sires index makes equally impressive reading with 36 of the current top 40 active British and Irish sires all well represented including ACCLAMATION, DANSILI, DARK ANGEL, DUTCH ART, EXCEED AND EXCEL, FASTNET ROCK, IFFRAAJ, INVINCIBLE SPRIT, KODIAC, LOPE DE VEGA, MASTERCRAFTSMAN, NATHANIEL, NEW APPROACH, OASIS DREAM, PIVOTAL, SEA THE STARS, SHAMARDAL and ZOFFANY.
Ballylinch Stud’s proven Group 1 sire LOPE DE VEGA leads the way numerically with 43 yearlings catalogued. KODIAC has 37, SHOWCASING has 25 and IFFRAAJ has 24, while DARK ANGEL and ZOFFANY both have 23 to represent them. Juddmonte’s evergreen OASIS DREAM, sire of Europe’s highest rated 2-year-old filly PRETTY POLLYANNA, is also well represented with 19 catalogued.
Classic and Group 1 winning first crop sires also feature prominently with 14 yearlings by both the regally bred Champion miler GLENEAGLES and also the outstanding Champion sprinter MUHAARAR, nine by Derby and Arc winner GOLDEN HORN, 20 by 2000 Guineas winner NIGHT OF THUNDER , 13 to represent French 2000 Guineas winner MAKE BELIEVE and a further 10 by Australian Champion BRAZEN BEAU.
Overseas-based sires have always added an extra dimension to Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale and proven French-based sires DABIRSIM, KENDARGENT, LE HAVRE, SIYOUNI and WOOTTON BASSETT have 31 catalogued between them. In addition proven top class USA based sires ELUSIVE QUALITY, HARD SPUN, KITTEN’S JOY, MORE THAN READY, SPEIGHTSTOWN and THE FACTOR are all well represented. Sires with their first crop of two year olds are also well to the fore with 12 yearlings by current leader NO NAY NEVER, 11 by KINGMAN, 19 by AUSTRALIA and seven by CHARM SPIRIT.
Book 3 of the 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale will revert to its usual two day format this year, following immediately after Book 2 on Thursday 18th October and Friday 19th October. Book 3 numbers 652 yearlings and is followed by an additional 122 in Book 4 of the October Yearling Sale which takes place the morning of Saturday 20th October. Current top 10 sires DARK ANGEL, IFFRAAJ, KODIAC, MASTERCRAFTSMAN, PIVOTAL and SEA THE STARS all have yearlings catalogued as do AUSTRALIA, BUNGLEINTHEJUNGLE, KINGMAN and NO NAY NEVER all of whom have already sired Group winners in their first crops. All of the yearlings in Book 3 and 4 of the October Yearling Sale are eligible for the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes and the largest consignment numbering 43 yearlings comes from Houghton Bloodstock, followed closely by the team of 42 from The Castlebridge Consignment.
Commenting on Books 2, 3 and 4 of the 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said;
“The highest rated horse in Europe, POET’S WORD and the World’s highest rated sprinter, BATTAASH, were both purchased at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and Book 3 has also enjoyed a banner year with the likes of Group 1 winner URBAN FOX and top two year old SIGNORA CABELLO. The demand for places in the 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has ensured genuine quality from start to finish and there is no doubt that plenty more champions will emerge from the second week of Europe’s premier yearling sale”.
Catalogues for Books 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale are online now and will be available from Tattersalls and Tattersalls representatives from the end of this week.