The Book 1 portion of Tattersalls’ October yearling sale in England saw trade broadly on a par with last year during its first session. With this year’s sale reduced from four days to three, Tattersalls did not issue comparative figures, but the 114,227-guinea average price Oct. 7 was down just 1% from the comparable figure on last year’s opening day with a larger catalogue. The 80,000-guinea median price fell 7.5% and the 15,078,000-guinea turnover rose 3.5%.
Sheikh Mohammed, who bought 17 lots for 3,085,000 guineas through John Ferguson, dominated the day.
An Oasis Dream half-brother to English and Irish One Thousand Guineas winner Finsceal Beo (by Mr. Greeley) topped session with a 500,000-guinea bid from Ferguson. The colt, out of Musical Treat, was offered by his breeder, Liam Cashman’s Rathbarry Stud.
A Swettenham Stud-bred Dynaformer-- Secret Garden colt, which had cost Glenvale Stud’s Flash Conroy 165,000 guineas last December, rocketed in price when reselling for 460,000 guineas to Ferguson. Trainer Paul Cole was the immediate underbidder.
Sheikh Mohammed’s team had struck earlier to buy a 480,000-guinea Pivotal half-sister to smart 3-year-old Centennial (by Dalakhani). The yearling filly, out of Lurina, was bred by the late Shirley Taylor’s W Lazy T and consigned by Brian Grassick’s Newtown Stud.
Agent Oliver St. Lawrence outbid Faisal Salman to get a 480,000-guinea full-sister to group III Queen’s Vase winner Mahler (by Galileo) offered from Kirtlington Stud. The filly is out of Rainbow Goddess.
Owner Thomas Barr, represented by the late Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum’s former racing manager Michael Goodbody, bought two expensive lots - a 400,000-guinea Pivotal colt and 380,000-guinea Montjeu colt bred by Grangecon Stud and consigned from Watership Down Stud.
Trainer Charles Egerton, who doubles up as a bloodstock agent, outbid John Magnier for a well-related Galileo filly offered from Eugene McDermott’s Kennycourt Stud. She cost 230,000 guineas as a foal but brought 360,000 guineas the second time around.