Strong Trade Continues On Second Day Of Tattersalls October Book 2

by | 10.15.2019 | 5:28pm
Lot 817, a Night of Thunder filly, brings 425,000 guineas ($570,328) at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

A colt and a filly by Archipenko and Night of Thunder respectively shared top billing at 425,000 guineas ($570,328) during the second session of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale as trade continued in robust style.

A total of 207 lots sold for an aggregate of 17,230,500 guineas ($23,126,287) with significant increases in all key indicators. The median increased 13 percent from 55,000 guineas ($73,819) to 65,000 guineas ($87,241) and the average rose 6 percent from 78,592 guineas ($105,487) to 83,239 guineas ($111,724). The clearance rate was an impressive 86 percent.

It did not take long for the second day of Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale to kick into action as the first lot into the ring, Longview Stud's Night of Thunder filly out of Blanche Neige, realized 425,000 guineas ($570,328) when selling to Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock.

The eye-catching chestnut filly is out of a full sister to Group 2 winner Harland and is a great-granddaughter of the multiple U.S. Grade 1 winner White Star Line.

“She is for a new project,” said Gordon-Watson. “She is lovely, the stallion has been doing well and she has a great page.”

The sale was a great result for her owners who purchased her for just 77,000 Euros ($84,945) as a foal.

The 2,000 Guineas winner Night of Thunder has made a great start to his stud career with his first runners in 2019 including the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner Under the Stars, the listed winners Thunderous and Molatham and a further three group/listed placed horses.

The joint session topper on the second day of Book 2 was the Archipenko colt out of the Green Desert mare Desert Berry who made 425,000 guineas ($570,328) to the bid of Mick Kinane, on behalf of the Hong Kong Jockey Club after he saw off the attempts of the underbidder Jamie Piggott.

Bred and consigned by Gary Robinson's Strawberry Fields Stud, the bay colt is a full brother to the Hong Kong Group 3 winner Flying Thunder who has earned nearly £400,000 ($511,367) in prize money.

After the sale Kinane commented;

“The sire has done well in Hong Kong. He is a gorgeous horse, with a great walk and he has a good international page throughout – there was a lot of competition for him. I wish I could ride him!”

The sale signified Strawberry Fields Stud's biggest result in the sale ring and Stud Manager, Stuart Millar said;

“We would have been delighted with anything over 300,000 guineas, so we are thrilled with this.

“Due to his brother, there has been a lot of interest in him – he has had a lot of vettings and a lot of views in the repository – and we knew we had the right people on him.”

The ill-fated Archipenko has also been represented by the Group 1 winners Time Warp and Glorious Forever in Hong Kong.

Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continues Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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