Tattersalls officials were cautiously optimistic ahead of select book 1 of the October yearling sale, which starts Oct. 7 at Newmarket in England. There are 611 lots cataloged, 122 less than last year, and Tattersalls marketing director Jimmy George is hoping that the global economy will not have too great an impact.
“None of us are immune from what’s going on in the wider world but on the positive side we’ve got a very good catalog, consignors have been busy over the last two or three days, and the buyers looking have said that this is a smart bunch of yearlings,” said George Oct. 6. “The demand for quality has always been robust, and the feedback we're getting is that there's some quality out there."
Consignor Jamie Railton, who has 17 cataloged, was satisfied with the numbers of viewers Oct. 6.
“I think we've got an even group of horses,” he said, “and I would be pretty positive, although it might be different story next week (for books 2 and 3).”
Well-bred fillies with residual value look sure to be in demand and standout pages include lot 400, a half-sister to recent group I Fillies’ Mile second and 2009 classic hopeful Fantasia, bred by Ronchalon Racing and offered through Highclere Stud.
Lot 271, consigned by Railton, is a Montjeu half-sister sister to Time Control, who made 1.2 million guineas at last year’s sale.
Lot 219 is a Gone Westfilly out of 1997 group I One Thousand Guineas winner Sleepytime, while lot 530 is a Rock of Gibraltar half-sister to 2007 group I Derby winner Authorized.
Lot 347 is a first-crop Dubawi filly from the outstanding Alruccaba family bred by Kirsten Rausing and Sonia Rogers.
Rausing offers lot 353, a Selkirk half-brother to group I winners Albanova and Alborada, while lot 570 is a full-brother to this season’s group I Coral-Eclipse winner Mount Nelson consigned from Watership Down Stud for Philip Freedman's Cliveden Stud.
Lot 500, a Galileo colt, made 470,000 guineas when knocked down to Demi O'Byrne as a foal in December although he is offered again from Brian Grassick’s Newtown Stud, as he was on the previous occasion.
Lot 79, a Galileo filly consigned from Eurgene McDermott’s Kennycourt Stud, is another with an expensive foal price tag, having made 230,000 guineas last year.
Lot 505, a Dubawi half-brother to grade I Beverly D Stakes winner Gorella was bought for 900,000 guineas “in utero” when Breeding Capital partnership purchased his dam, Exciting Times.
The book 1 portion of the October sale runs through Oct. 9.