A colt by first-season sire sensation Kingman topped proceedings on the opening day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when selling for 750,000 guineas (US $1,035,795), the second highest price ever achieved at this fixture.
Turnover on the opening day fell slightly short of last year's record-breaking figures with the clearance rate nudging 90 percent and small declines in average and median. Fourteen lots sold for 200,000 guineas ($276,218) or more whilst 45 realized six figure sales.
The Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Kingman has made an exciting start to his stallion career at Juddmonte Farms. His first crop of 2-year-olds have produced five group/listed winners to date including the 2,000 Guineas prospects Persian King and Sangarius and the Group 2 Coventry Stakes winner Calyx.
Given his start, yearlings by Kingman have naturally been in high demand at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and the colt out of the group-placed Galileo mare Reem proved no exception, selling to the bid of John Gosden for 750,000 guineas ($1,035,795). The vanquished included David Redvers, who was standing with Sheikh Fahad, Charlie Gordon-Watson with Saeed Suhail, and Alastair Donald.
The colt, who hails from the family of champion 2- and 3-year-old Rodrigo De Triano, was consigned to the sale from Adrian and Philippa O'Brien's Hazelwood Bloodstock and is the second highest price ever achieved at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
“That was unbelievable,” said Adrian O'Brien, manager of the young operation based at Exning, just outside of Newmarket, adding: “It is the first year we are selling stock whom we have been involved with since conception so it is very pleasing.
“We liked Kingman and you do need the stars to align, especially when you are using young stallions who have their first two-year-olds running.
“I was not sure what he would make, we decided to let the market find his value. He has been very popular in the run-up to today, and a lot of the main players were interested – it was just a matter of whether they followed him into the ring – which thank god they did!”
Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continues at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16th.
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