Demi O'Byrne bought the top four lots at yesterday's penultimate foal session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale with his purchases headed by a 470,000gns ($990,546) half brother to group I St. Leger second-place finisher The Last Drop, by Galileo.
Goffs November Foal sale ended Nov. 22 with increases in the average and median but a decline in the percentage of horses sold.
Danehill, the top English/Irish stallion the last two years, picked up another sire title this year.
Allegretto produced a powerful late run under Ryan Moore to capture her first group I victory in the Prix Royal-Oak-Principaute de Monaco (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 28.
The world-record price for a yearling filly was shattered by a Sadler's Wells filly Oct. 12 during book one of the Tattersalls October yearling sale.
Coolmore's John Magnier bought the top lot in Newmarket on day three of part one of the marathon Tattersalls October yearling sale, spending 750,000 guineas on a son of Galileo (Ire) Oct. 11.
The Sept. 30 opening session of the Goffs Million yearling sale in Ireland saw a solid trade, but figures fell short of their 2006 equivalents.
Makybe Diva, who was going to be sent to superstar Encosta de Lago this year, was instead covered by Fusaichi Pegasus on September 17th.
New Approach justified his heavy favoritism with an authoritative front-running performance in the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) National Stakes (Ire-I) for 2-year-olds at the Curragh Sept. 16.
Trainer Jim Bolger appears to have another budding star in his stable as his juvenile New Approach remained undefeated when winning the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes (Ire-II) at the Curragh Aug. 25.
A Galileo colt brought 1.4 million euros ($1.88 million) Aug. 17 during the first day of Arqana's Deauville Sale, the initial European yearling auction of the year.
Makybe Diva, the two-time Australian Horse of the Year, has given birth to her first foal, a colt by Galileo.
Teofilo, last year's champion 2-year-old in Europe who has not raced this year, has been retired from racing. No stud plans have been announced but it is likely he will stand at Darley.
Live Oak Plantation's My Typhoon reached the end of her long quest for a grade I victory when she captured the $520,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) Saturday at Saratoga.
Another group I race, another sweep for trainer Aidan O'Brien as Soldier of Fortune led fellow Ballydoyle trainees Alexander of Hales and Eagle Mountain home in a rain-soaked Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) Sunday at the Curragh.
J. Paul Reddam's Red Rocks, who is expected to conclude his 4-year-old season with a defense of his John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) title, got his 2007 European campaign off to a promising start with a two-length victory in the Betfred Gordon Richards Stakes (Eng-III) at Sandown Friday.
Tattersalls' December Foal Sale concluded in Newmarket Saturday evening with record figures. The 28.8 million guineas turnover was up 24% on 2005, the 38,688gns average rose by 34% while the 22,000gns median was up by 25%.
Red Rocks, rated far off an honest pace, rallied boldly in the stretch under Frankie Dettori to win the $2,748,000 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) over fast-closing Better Talk Now.
Despite some notable absentees, Tattersalls' Autumn Horses In Training in Newmarket, England, between Oct. 23-26 saw a strong trade that resulted in a record turnover of almost 24 million guineas, up 22% on 2005.
Teofilo prevailed again in an epic duel with his adversary Holy Roman Emperor in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket on Saturday.
Day two of Goffs Million yearling sale in Ireland turned over 18,118,000 euros for an average of 105,953 euros and a median of 70,000 euros.
Sixties Icon, under a cool ride by Frankie Dettori, scored an emphatic 2½ length victory in the Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes (Eng-I) at York on Saturday.
Nightime gave trainer Dermot Weld and his mother, Marguerite, the thrill of a lifetime when she stormed home a six-length winner of the Boylesports Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at The Curragh on Sunday.
A record-breaking 625,000 guineas Green Desert colt out of Park Hill Stakes (Eng-III) winner Alexander Three D (Ire) (Pennekamp) provided the icing on the cake in Newmarket Thursday night at the concluding installment of a fantastic renewal of Tattersalls' Breeze-Up Sale.
The two-day Inglis Classic yearling sale, conducted in Sydney, Australia, ended Monday with its highest-ever average and median prices.
The only Sadler's Wells catalogued topped a furious day's trading at Tattersalls' December Foal Sale in Newmarket Friday when selling for 470,000 guineas to Demi O'Byrne on behalf of the Coolmore team.
Galileo, an English and Irish champion, was represented by his first winner when son Heliostatic won July 17 at the Curragh.
The two select sessions of the revamped Tattersalls October (part one) yearling sale at Newmarket, England, saw less fireworks than its predecessor, the Houghton sale.
In a scenario reminiscent of the horse industry's heyday of the early 1980s, Japanese trainer Hideyuki Mori won a bidding duel with Irish agent Demi O'Byrne Tuesday to acquire a Storm Cat colt for $8 million at Keeneland's September yearling sale.
The Goffs November foal sale ended its four-day run in Ireland Friday with major increases from a year ago.
Rock of Gibraltar, a record breaker on Europe's racecourses before entering stud this year at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, will be calling Coolmore's Australian branch near Jerry Plains home for the next several months.
Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier's Black Sam Bellamy is beginning to show the form everyone expected from the full brother of Galileo after winning Sunday's Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) at The Curragh.
By Christy Grassick -- It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to have been involved with Sadler's Wells. He is without doubt the best sire Europe has ever seen. The fact he has sired 200 stakes winners is proof enough of that.
Based on pure chances, Aidan O'Brien has the best shot at winning the Vodafone Derby, with eight horses still eligible
Coolmore's Galileo, who won last year's group I English and Irish Derbys and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, will shuttle to Coolmore Australia for the Southern Hemisphere season.
Two races before stablemate Johannesburg's second-place run in the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh Sunday, Galileo's full brother Black Sam Bellamy won a 1 1/4-mile maiden race, according to Racing Post.
A full sister to classic winner Galileo sold for 1.1 million guineas ($1,648,300) to John Magnier Friday at Tattersalls December foal sale.
Breeders' Cup Turf winner Fantastic Light was honored Wednesday night with the Cartier "Horse of the Year" award during a ceremony at London's Four Seasons Hotel. Fantastic Light was also honored with the Older Horse Award, beating out his Godolphin stablemate Sakhee, runner-up in the Breeders Cup Classic.
Dual classic winner Galileo will begin his stallion career next year for IRE£50,000 (about US$56,878) at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
The long-awaited appearance of the Coolmore horses finally took place just before 9:30 Friday morning, and there were a few interesting moments. Galileo schooled fine in the gate, but did get wet under his saddlecloth, despite the cold temperatures and brisk winds. Coolmore's other Classic hopeful Black Minnaloushe was stubborn getting in the gate, and it took quite a while to load him.
All eyes will be on Michael Kinane when he rides the 3-year-old Galileo in the Breeders' Cup Classic on World Thoroughbred Championships Day. But Kinane will have six other bullets in his holster on Saturday, and he's pretty confident about the quality of his mounts. Kinane has had 12 previous mounts on Cup Day.
On Tuesday night, most people were convinced Godolphin would run Fantastic Light in the Breeders' Cup Classic and Sakhee in the Turf. On Wednesday morning, those people were proven wrong when the Godolphin braintrust pulled a switcheroo that sent a shockwave of disbelief rippling through the backstretch.
Dual classic winner Galileo, who is set to arrive Oct. 23 in New York for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will enter stud next year at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
Aidan O'Brien said on a national teleconference Wednesday afternoon that plans to ship to Belmont Park early next week are still on go. O'Brien will be arriving next Tuesday with one of the most powerful European contingents in Breeders' Cup history. The Ballydoyle trainer has Galileo and Black Minnaloushe for the Classic, Milan for the Turf, Bach for the Mile, Mozart for the Sprint, Johannesburg for the Juvenile, and Sophisticat for the Juvenile Fillies.
English and Irish Derby winner Galileo had a solid mile work over the all-weather track at Southwell Race Course Wednesday morning in preparation for his dirt debut in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Godolphin's Fantastic Light, who edged Galileo in the recent Irish Champion Stakes, also worked Wednesday morning over the stable's all-weather track.
Compiled by Steve Haskin
A handful of runners trained by Aidan O'Brien, including last year's most expensive public auction yearling and a full brother to Galileo, have been withdrawn from Friday's racing at Newbury
Coolmore principal John Magnier and fellow Thoroughbred owner Michael Tabor are following the lead of fellow owner Tracy Farmer with a pledge to contribute a percentage of any of their horses' winnings from the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at New York's Belmont Park to the NTRA Charities -- New York Heroes Fund. The fund will assist the spouses and children of the New York City firefighters, police, emergency service personnel, and other victims of the World Trade Center disaster on Sept. 11.
Galileo's full brother and Tasmanian Tiger, the latter a $6.8-million yearling purchase at the 2000 Keeneland September sale, are among the 21 horses entered to run in Friday's Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury.
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