Gosden Buys Session-Topper at Tattersalls Part 2 Opener

Newmarket trainer John Gosden topped Tuesday's pipe-opener to part two of Tattersalls' October yearling sale in England when paying 250,000 guineas for a first-crop Oasis Dream colt out of Top Flight Queen (by Mark Of Esteem), consigned from Salah Fustok's Deerfield Farm.

Gosden saw off Big Robert's trainer William Muir, professional punter Patrick Veitch, and finally Chris Richardson of Cheveley Park Stud, which sold Top Flight Queen as a yearling.

Agent Hugo Merry later outbid Dick O'Gorman to purchase a Halling colt out of French Listed winner Time Changes (Danzig) offered from Islanmore Stud. "He's going to Brian Meehan and I'm very partial to the sire - I think he's very underrated" said Merry.

John Ferguson's purchases were headed by a Cadeaux Genereux half-brother to smart handicapper Mine (by Primo Dominie), which was bought early in the day from David and Trish Brown's Furnace Mill Stud for 195,000 guineas.

The 10,230,500-guinea aggregate was up 59% from 2005; the 46,502-guinea average rose 35%; and the 36,500-guinea median showed an advance of 40%.