The offspring of Coolmore Stud stallion Galileo continued to be popular on the second day of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in England. His daughter out of the unraced Darshaan mare Gwynn topped the session Oct. 6, bringing 900,000 guineas ($1,499,642 in U.S. funds) from Coolmore Stud’s John Magnier.
Tim Hyde’s Ireland-based Camas Park Stud consigned the bay yearling. Bred by Lynch Bages Ltd., the filly is a half sister to Gagnoa (by Galileo’s sire, Sadler's Wells), who captured the 2007 Prix des Reservoirs (Fr-III) and the 2008 Prix Penelope (Fr-III). Gagnoa also finished second in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks, Fr-I) and Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary and third in the Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) in 2008.
During the Oct. 5 opening session for the fancy Book 1 portion of the Tattersalls auction, a Galileo– Alluring Park filly led the way, selling for 1.2 million guineas ($1,993,173) to Coolmore agent Demi O’Byrne. It was the highest price for a yearling at Tattersalls since 2007.
A Galileo–Intrigued colt was the second session’s second-most-expensive yearling, commanding 550,000 guineas ($916,446). Charlie Gordon-Watson purchased the colt from Prince Faisal Salman’s Denford Stud.
The second day results included a gross of 18,038,000 guineas ($30,056,145) for the 206 horses that sold. The average price was 112,738 guineas ($187,851), and the median price was 71,000 guineas ($118,305).
Compared to 2009, when 170 yearlings were sold, the gross fell 5.9% from 19,172,000 guineas. The average was nearly the same, declining less than 1% from 112,776 guineas. And the median was down 1.4% from 72,000 guineas.
The clearance rate fell to 77.7% from 82.9% last year.