Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale came to a conclusion with colts by leading first-season sires No Nay Never and Kingman, and the established Dark Angel, leading the way. The sale turnover was a record, whilst the average and median were both on a par with last year's wide-margin record-breaking sale. The clearance rate came in at an impressive 86 percent and a record-breaking 45 lots sold for 200,000 guineas (US $275,358) or more.
The husband and wife team of Paul and Marie McCartan, of Ballyphilip Stud, enjoyed a red-letter day when selling their No Nay Never colt for 450,000 guineas ($618,917) on the third and final day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. The colt is out of the Fayruz mare Jacquelin Jag, a half-sister to the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Fayr Jag, and was bought by agent Alex Elliott on behalf of football agent and racehorse owner Kia Joorabchian.
“This horse is a perfect physical, he is hard to fault,” said Elliott, “and, of course, No Nay Never has carried all before him this year. We probably stretched a little, but we are looking for horses for Royal Ascot.
“We bought three in Book 1 and I am delighted we have secured this colt – he was on the 'must have' list.”
It was a superb pinhook result for Ballyphilip Stud as the colt was bought as a foal for 40,000 euros ($46,005). The farm's Paul McCartan said: “He is a fabulous horse, the nicest horse I have had on the farm since Battaash, but a lot is to do with the amazing year that No Nay Never has had too.
“It was my wife Marie who found him at the sales and she told me then 'I know the man I am going home with today, and it's not you!'”
At the conclusion of Book 2 of the 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“In 2011, the combined turnover of Books 1 and 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was a little under 77 million guineas ($105,883,823). Seven years later the combined turnover at Books 1 and 2 has risen to a new record well in excess of 150 million guineas ($206,261,193). These are pretty staggering numbers, especially following on from the extraordinarily strong 2017 October Yearling Sales which we felt would be so hard to match.
“The key to the huge advances in recent years is the quality of the stock. The leading British and Irish breeders, as well as a number of their French and German counterparts, consistently place enormous faith in the October Yearling Sale and top quality yearlings combined with racecourse success bring the buyers to the sale. Year after year, horses purchased at the October Yearling Sale achieve superstar status, not only in Europe, but on the global stage and the strong international demand has been a real feature of the past three days of Book 2.
“The top of the market has been particularly robust with over 40 yearlings selling for 200,000 guineas ($275,358) or more and the 750,000 guineas ($1,031,863) top price for Hazelwood Bloodstock's outstanding Kingman colt bettered only once at this fixture. Buyers from throughout the Gulf region have been prolific this week and their consistent support and patronage is hugely appreciated. British and Irish trainers continue to regard Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale as the key date in the European sales calendar and buyers, some of them new to Europe, from South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand have all made notable contributions to a successful October Book 2 which has returned an impressive clearance rate of 86 percent.
“Tomorrow we move on to Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale which has enjoyed a stellar year on the racecourse and as ever, all the yearlings offered are eligible for the £150,000 ($196,579) Tattersalls October Auction Stakes.”
Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale starts Thursday, Oct. 18.
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