Elusive Quality Colt Stands Out

A half-brother to Yes It's True brought 55,000 guineas at the Tattersalls July sale.

An American-bred 2-year-old Elusive Qualitycolt, which had failed to go under the hammer at Tattersalls’ Guineas breeze-up auction in May, topped the second day of the company’s July mixed sale in Newmarket, England, July 9 when making 55,000 guineas.

The half-brother to grade I winner Yes It’s True had cost $90,000 as a yearling and was consigned by Jim McCartan’s Gaybrook Lodge Stud. He was sold to French agent Christophe Nouvellet.

Meanwhile, a juvenile Cherokee Runcolt out of a half-sister to 2008 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner New Approach (by Galileo), which had failed to make the Craven breeze-up sale, changed hands for 52,000 guineas when offered by Sherbourne Lodge. BBA Ireland agent Eamonn Reilly signed for the colt.

The 154 horses sold grossed 1,788,200 guineas and averaged 11,612 guineas. The median price was 7,250 guineas. During last year’s comparable session, the 163 horses sold grossed 3,165,900 guineas and averaged 19,423 guineas. The median was 13,000 guineas. This year, 162 horses were offered.