Escayola, a 3-year-old gelded son of Revoque, topped day one of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket Monday after bringing 105,000 guineas from Terry Williamson on behalf of owner Margaret Findlay, whose son Harry is a well-known professional gambler.
"Harry has jumpers with Paul Nicholls but I don't think he's decided what will happen with this horse," Williamson said. "He will talk to (current trainer) William Haggas and there's a chance he could go back to him."
The day's other six-figure lot, Middlemarch, a son of Grand Lodge, finished ninth behind Rakti in the group I Champion Stakes at Newmarket for owner Robert Sangster and trainer Aidan O'Brien before winning a minor event at the Curragh on Saturday.
He will join Scottish handler Jim Goldie and race for owner Richard Johnstone, who recently headed the consortium that bought Ayr racecourse, and his son William.
"I won't say I'll improve him but hopefully he might improve himself with age and as he has been bought by the Johnstones I'm sure the Scottish Derby at Ayr will be a target next year," said Goldie.
American trainers, including Tattersalls regulars Wally Dollase, Darrell Vienna and Jim Cassidy were much in evidence, with Californian owner Ron Charles heading the US-bound purchases when giving 47,000gns for the Gulch filly Tamweel.
The sale continues today, beginning at 10am.
YR CAT OFF SOLD TOTAL AVG MED
2003 262 188 156 2,325,200 14,905 10,000
2002 364 249 199 2,628,600 13,209 8,000