Sheikh Mohammed’s adviser, John Ferguson, and Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estates Co. dominated the top end trade in Newmarket, England, Oct. 13 during the opening session of Book 2 of Tattersalls’ October yearling sale.
A 190,000-guinea Oasis Dream half-brother to group I Prix Morny runner-up Gallagher (by Bahamian Bounty) was the most expensive horse sold, with Ferguson outbidding locally-based agent Grant Pritchard-Gordon. Produced from the Rudimentary mare Roo, the colt had cost 98,000 guineas as a foal at Tattersalls and was consigned by Denis and Joan Brosnan’s Co. Limerick-based Croom House Stud.
Sheikh Hamdan was at the sale in person, and he spent 150,000 guineas on a Forest Camp – Look for Good colt that had brought $90,000 at the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale as a weanling and was reoffered by Gay O’Callaghan’s Yeomanstown Stud.
The 160 yearlings sold (from 240 offered) grossed 6,039,700 guineas and averaged 37,748 guineas. The median price was 30,000 guineas.
The sale continues Oct. 14.