(Edited Tattersalls press release)
A Galileo filly topped the one-day yearling portion of the Tattersalls December sale in England, bringing 275,000 guineas ($480,000) Nov. 23. She was one of the 153 horses that sold for a gross of 3,486,700 guineas ($6,077,000), which represented an increase of 75% from last year. The average price of 22,789 guineas ($39,700) and the median price of 11,000 guineas ($19,170) were up 18% and 29%, respectively.
Produced from the 8-year-old winning Mark of Esteem mare Lady Karr, the filly is a full sister to Irish added-money winner Mikhail Glinka, who finished second in this year’s Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I).
The Duke of Bedford purchased the bay yearling from Bill and Tara Dwan’s The Castlebridge consignment. The filly will be trained by John Hammond, who is based at Chantilly in France. Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff and London Thoroughbred Services’ James Wigan also tried to buy the yearling.
Three yearlings from the final crop of the great Sadler's Wells went through the sale ring. The most expensive of the trio was a colt out of the stakes-winning Darshaan filly L’Ancresse that was knocked down to Blandford’s Goff for 160,000 guineas. L’Ancresse, a 9-year-old, finished second in the Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) and the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) in 2003.