Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale came to a close with three lots selling for 1 million guineas (US$1,306,070) or more, taking the number of seven-figure yearlings to ten. Heading the way was the Galileo filly from Barronstown Stud who realized 2,100,000 guineas ($2,742,934), the top-priced filly at the sale.
It was early in the evening when the highest price of the final session was achieved when Barronstown Stud's Galileo filly out of the Grade 2 winner Quiet Oasis was knocked down to M.V. Magnier and George von Opel's Westerberg for 2,100,000 guineas ($2,742,934). The sister to the recent Listed winner Lancaster House also caught the attention of underbidder Roger Varian before being secured by Magnier, stood alongside Von Opel's racing manager Jamie McCalmont.
“She is a lovely filly and her full-brother Lancaster House is a good horse,” said M.V. Magnier.
Lancaster House, a 3-year-old of this year, is now the winner of three races, including the listed Listowel Stakes.
“Her dam Quiet Oasis raced for Reddam Racing so I know her well,” added Jamie McCalmont, a former racing manager for Paul Reddam.
Adrian & Philippa O'Brien's Hazelwood Bloodstock continued a remarkable sale with their second seven figure horse for the week when selling the Kingman colt out of One Last Dance to M.V. Magnier for 1,800,000 guineas ($2,350,857). The colt was bred by John Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds, the breeder of the superstar racemare Winx and Group 1 winner Vancouver.
“It is very special to be here and sell here,” said Camilleri. “I have a small band of broodmares in Europe – around 12 – and they are in Ireland at Norelands and in the U.K. at Hazelwood. It is a mix of both European and southern hemisphere bloodlines.
“I sent up some mares from Australia – they were not in-foal on Southern Hemisphere time but I thought their bloodlines were good enough to come to the northern hemisphere.
“I love racing and horse sales and traveling for both, and it is a pleasure to be here, but the stallions whom I would call 'elite' are currently in Europe – Dubawi, Kingman, Galileo and Frankel.”
The underbidder on the quality colt was Godolphin's Anthony Stroud whilst others to get a bid in included Gold medal winning Olympic eventer Mark Todd.
Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has been a memorable one for the O'Briens with their three sold lots realizing 5,875,000 guineas ($7,672,352) in total.
“It is unbelievable,” said O'Brien. “This colt has oozed class since day one, he is just full of quality. I am so grateful to my clients for this opportunity to work with such horses.
“I wish the best of luck to M.V. Magnier and Ballydoyle, but this colt does look as though he will be the proper racehorse.”
Another vendor enjoying a fantastic sale was Eugene Daly's Longview Stud whose two lots catalogued for October Book 1 realized a total of 1,975,000 guineas ($2,579,312).
The first of these was the Sea The Stars colt out of Lopera who was purchased by Godolphin for 875,000 guineas ($1,142,733), which represented a profitable pinhook success, having been purchased for 400,000 guineas ($522,458) at the December Foal Sale. An hour later, the stud struck again, this time with their homebred Dubawi colt out of the Group 3-winning mare Miss Marjurie who was knocked down to the same purchaser for 1,100,000 guineas ($1,436,710).
“This colt has a great temperament,” said farm manager Diego Romeo. “He is all class – he really did tick all the boxes.”
At the conclusion of Book 1 of the 2019 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“There have been some spectacular highlights at Book 1 of the 2019 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale including two outstanding colts breaking the 3 million guineas ($3,918,300) mark with the Dubawi colt out of Alina achieving the highest price for a yearling colt in the world this year. In total we have had ten yearlings make 1 million guineas ($1,306,070) or more reflecting the extraordinary quality of the yearlings assembled for Book 1 and we have welcomed buyers from throughout the world, all of whom are drawn to the sale by its unrivaled reputation as Europe's premier yearling sale.
“After eight consecutive years of growth with turnover rising from 51 million guineas ($66,621,936) in 2011 to last year's massive 106 million guineas ($138,493,380), the aggregate has fallen a little short this year, but the sale has still produced turnover in excess of 100 million guineas ($130,654,132) which is the second highest in the sale's history and yet again a huge tribute to the vendors who have brought the cream of the European yearling crop to Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. We are fortunate to have so many of the world's top stallions currently standing in Europe with five of them, Dubawi, Frankel, Galileo, Kingman and Siyouni all producing yearlings which have sold for a million guineas or more this week and there is no doubt that the global achievements of these stallions play a big role in attracting so many overseas buyers.
“As ever, we should acknowledge the fantastic support we have received from Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum as well as the Coolmore team. They have all enjoyed amazing success with their Book 1 horses over the years and we look forward to seeing this week's purchases bringing further success in due course. They have all made a major contribution to the very top of the market which has been highly competitive from start to finish, but a new dimension has been added by a particularly strong contingent of American buyers. Their presence has been a growing feature in recent years, and we have worked consistently hard promoting the sale throughout America, so it has been genuinely rewarding to see so many new American buyers here this week. They have made a real impact and it looks as if around 50 yearlings will be heading across the Atlantic from this week's sale.
“The influence of the £25,000 ($31,119) October Book 1 Bonus understandably continues to be felt at the sale and with more than 180 winners and over £4,500,000 ($5,601,458) in bonuses already distributed it is little wonder that the beneficiaries are so keen to return to Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale year after year. It is a uniquely rewarding scheme and to see so many syndicates and smaller owners active this week is a clear endorsement of its enduring popularity.”
“We now turn our attention to Books 2, 3 and 4 of the October Yearling Sale starting on Monday and we have catalogs of real quality which will appeal to a wide cross – section of buyers at all levels of the market.”
Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale starts on Monday, Oct. 14.
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