Topped by a Street Cry filly, Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in Newmarket, England concluded Oct. 8 with record gross receipts for the three-day auction.
Tattersalls reported 372 horses sold during Book 1 for a total 82,744,500 guineas (about US$132,887,667), up 4% from 2014, an average price of 222,431 guineas ($357,335), and a median price of 150,000 guineas ($240,9750).
The third-day's topper was a Street Cry filly purchased for 800,000 guineas ($1,285,200) by Charlie Gordon-Watson from the Newsells Park Stud consignment. Produced from the Danehill mare Shastye, the filly is a full sister to group II winner and classic-placed Secret Gesture.
"She is a beautiful filly, out of an incredible mare," said Gordon-Watson, who outbid John Ferguson for the filly.
The day's second-highest price of 775,000 guineas ($1,245,037) was paid by the China Horse Club for the only War Front yearling in the catalog, a colt consigned by Hugo Lascelles' Lofts Hall Stud. Gordon-Watson, Ferguson, and Ed Sackville were among the group bidding on the colt who is a half brother to the group/listed winners Strathnaver and Siyaadah.
"From start to finish, we have witnessed fierce global demand and for the fourth year in a row, Book 1 has produced the highest-priced auction yearling in the world," Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said in reference to a Dubawi filly purchased Oct. 7 by Coolmore Stud's John Magnier for 2.1 million guineas ($3,373,650). "In addition to the massive influence of so many of the world's leading racehorse owners, it has been encouraging to see the number of British and Irish trainers her throughout the week."
Book 2 of the October yearling sale begins Oct. 12.