A Marju – What a Picture colt topped the second session of Book 2 of Tattersalls October yearling sale in Newmarket, England, Oct. 14, bringing 170,000 guineas from Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager, Angus Gold. Agent Larry Stratton was the immediate underbidder on the colt, which was consigned by Willie Browne’s Meadowlands Stud.
Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell operation; Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock manager, John Ferguson; and Maktoum family offshoots accounted for 24.2% of the session’s gross of 6,218,500 guineas with combined expenditures of 1,507,500 guineas.
Ferguson’s dearest purchase was a 160,000-guinea Refuse to Bend half-brother to this season’s group II winner Art Connoisseur (by Lucky Story) consigned from Denis McDonnell’s Co. Cork-based Parkway Farm. The colt is out of Withorwithoutyou.
The 178 yearlings that sold (from 241 offered) on Book 2’s second day brought an average price of 34,935 guineas. The median was 28,000 guineas.
Book 2 concludes Oct. 15 with its third and final session. Book 3 taking place Oct. 16 and 17.