The Tattersalls Guineas breeze up sale suffered downturns from the previous year of 23.8% in gross revenue, 32% in average price, and 20% in median price April 30 in England.
Two juvenile colts by Invincible Spirit topped the auction, bringing 220,000 guineas ($352,328) and 100,000 guineas ($160,149). Dick O’Gorman Bloodstock purchased them both.
The 220,000-guinea colt is out of the winning Seeking the Gold mare Mangaree Mary, who finished third in the 1996 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine in Canada. He is a full brother to Stevie Gee, who captured the 2006 Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy in England.
William Slattery’s Meadowview Stables of Ireland consigned the 220,000 guinea colt. Slattery had purchased him for $69,946 as a yearling at Goffs in Ireland.
The 100,000 guinea colt is out of the Silver Hawk mare Virgin Hawk and is a half brother to Metaphoric (by Montjeu), who scored in the 2008 Sis Live Fenwolf Stakes in England.
John Fleming purchased the colt for $67,188 at Goffs last September. He was consigned to the Tattersalls Guineas sale by Tom Whitehead’s Powerstown Stud of Ireland.
The final figures for the Guineas sale included a gross of 2,149,500 guineas ($3,442,410) for the 83 horses that sold. The average was 25,898 guineas ($41,476), and the median was 20,000 guineas ($32,030). The buy-back rate was 38.8%, up from 34.9% in 2009.
“We were delighted to be able to accommodate the Invincible Spirit colt from Meadowview Stables that was originally scheduled to sell at our Craven breeze up (sale) two weeks ago,” said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony. “He was always a colt of real quality and it was great to see his vendor rewarded with the top price of 220,000 guineas, which exceeded the 170,000 guineas sale topper at last year’s Guineas breeze up.”