Part two of Tattersalls’ October yearling sale began in Newmarket Oct. 16 with lively trade producing figures well up on the equivalent day in 2006.
The 31 six-figure lots--compared with 20 a year ago--were led by a 300,000 guineas daughter of Oasis Dream who looks set to join trainer David Wachman’s stable.
Wachman, standing with his father-in-law, Coolmore head John Magnier, outbid Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing manager, Angus Gold, for the filly, who was a successful pinhook for consignor Ger Hourigan’s Whitehall Stud. The youngster had been bought for 72,000 guineas as a foal at Tattersalls’ December sale last year.
Overall, 285 horses sold for 12,376,500 guineas, compared with 274 sold for 10,252,500 guineas for the same session last year. The average was 53,578 guineas compared with 46,361 guineas last year. The median was 38,000 guineas; last year, the figure was 36,500 guineas.
Sheikh Hamdan was at the sale, and Gold made nine purchases headed by a 210,000 guineas Cape Cross half-brother to Indian Haven bred by Cliveden Stud and offered through Watership Down Stud.
A Rahy half-brother to grade I Kentucky Oaks third-place finisher Sneaky Quiet (Seeking The Gold) will race for Dubai-based Britons Steven and Gillian Lamprell-- owners of group I Prix de l’Opera winner Satwa Queen--after attracting 210,00 guineas when knocked down to Bedfordshire agent David Metcalfe.
Trainer Mark Johnston was another of the day’s bigger spenders, and he was stretched to 210,000 guineas to outbid Cheveley Park Stud’s managing director, Chris Richardson, to net a Selkirk colt consigned from John and Lady Carolyn Warren’s Berkshire-based Highclere Stud.