Tattersalls' December Foal Sale finished Saturday with a record aggregate of 23,295,600 guineas, up 27% on 2004, and a record median of 18,000 guineas, a 24% increase.
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.
English champion Oasis Dream's first crop of foals includes a colt out of Soviet Moon born at Khalid Abdullah's Banstead Manor Farm in England.
The Aga Khan's Dalakhani, winner of the Grand Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and French Derby (Fr-I), was named Europe's Horse of the Year when the Cartier Awards were presented in London on Wednesday. The ceremony was held at London's Four Seasons Hotel.
Khalid Abdullah's homebred English champion Oasis Dream, the first horse to break the 1:10 mark for six furlongs over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket, will enter stud at his owner's nearby Banstead Manor Stud.
Juddmonte Farm's Oasis Dream, a contender for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), took to the Santa Anita turf well Thursday morning, breezing a half-mile in :47 under jockey Richard Hughes.
The English bookmaking operations were busy updating their odds Wednesday morning after the post-position draw was held for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita.
Only a few of the European runners in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships left the quarantine area Tuesday morning, but among them were some big names.
"It's a lovely day for a walk," trainer John Gosden said. He and his jockey, Richard Hughes, were walking the Santa Anita turf course Monday morning following training hours.
The first European horses scheduled to race in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were released from quarantine Monday morning at Santa Anita.
Khalid Abdullah's champion homebred Oasis Dream is scheduled to be retired to his owner's Banstead Manor Stud in England for stallion duty.
Somnus, nearly last on the inside with a furlong to go, switched out for the run to the wire for jockey Ted Durcan and caught the hot favorite Oasis Dream to win the $353,000 Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (Eng-I) at rainy Haydock Park.
An attempt by Australian-bred Choisir for three straight group wins in England ran into a brick wall by the name of Oasis Dream at Newmarket Racecourse Thursday, with the Juddmonte homebred winning the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) by 1 1/2 lengths.
Under jockey Johnny Murtagh, Australian invader Choisir sprang a 25-1 upset in the Kings Stand Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot. Acclamation was a length behind in second, with Oasis Dream 1 1/2 lengths back in third. Choisir completed the five-furlong distance in :59.68.
Khalid Abdullah's homebred Oasis Dream, sent off at 6-1, pulled away to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) Thursday afternoon at Newmarket.
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