Great Britain’s premier yearling auction, part one of Tattersalls’ October sale, got off to a solid start in Newmarket Oct. 9 when Coolmore principal John Magnier paid the top price of 500,000 guineas (about $1,067,000) for the very last lot offered.
The session-topper, a full-sister to Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) second-place finisher Dash to the Top (by Montjeu), was consigned by the Weinfeld family’s Meon Valley Stud.
Overall, 126 horses sold for a gross of 14,548,000 guineas (about $30.9 million), up from 107 horses sold for a gross of 13,129,000 guineas (about $28 million) in 2006. The average was 115,460 guineas (about $246.000), down from 122,701 guineas ($249,000) last year. the median was 86,000 guineas (about $183,000), up from 80,000 guineas (about $170,000) in 2006.
Andrew Black, who co-founded the betting exchange and sale’s sponsor Betfair, bought the day’s highest-priced filly, a 480,000-guineas (about $1,024,000) Kyllachy half-sister to dual group I-winning juvenile Dutch Art (by Medicean). Black is in the process of establishing a new breeding operation at Cobham in Surrey.
Agent John Warren paid 450,000 guineas (about $960,000) on behalf of Robert Ogden for a Galileo colt consigned by Sussex-based Lavington Stud.
John Ferguson’s three purchases on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed were topped by a 375,000-guineas (about $770,000) Cape Crosscolt out of 2002 Moyglare Stakes (Ire-I ) second-place finisher Luminata (by Indian Ridge) offered from Ballylinch Stud.
Sheikh Mohammed’s son, Sheikh Rashid, buying through Yorkshire-based trainer Bryan Smart, paid 300,000 guineas (about $640,000) for a U.S.-bred Elusive Quality colt out of King of Kings’ group III-winning sister Lucky.