Dubai Destination Colt Sets Pace on Tattersalls October Sale's Second Day

There was no six-figure transaction Wednesday, but the results were more solid during the second session of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in England. The average price rose 18% rise from last year to 135,097 guineas. The 90,000-guinea median was up 20%. The 15,266,000-guinea gross was up 1% while the clearance rate was 82.5%.

A Dubai Destination colt out of Maskunah (by Sadler's Wells) topped the day when bought for 625,000 guineas by John Ferguson for Sheikh Mohammed. Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock was the underbidder.

Ferguson earlier outbid trainer Charles Egerton for a 475,000-guinea Medicean colt who had cost vendor Eddie O'Leary 70,000 guineas as a foal.

Coolmore's Stud's spending was headed by a 600,000-guinea Montjeu colt from the family of Zafonic, consigned from Lady Carolyn Warren's Highclere Stud. Amanda Skiffington, seated with owner Duncan Davidson and trainer James Fanshawe, was the underbidder.

Charlie Gordon-Watson, acting for new clients, spent 480,000 guineas on a Giant's Causeway  filly that had been bought "in utero" for $1.05 million at Keeneland in November 2004 inside French listed winner Mer De Corail (by Sadler's Wells) by Andreas Putsch's 6C Stallions.

An Indian Ridge filly out of a sister to group I winners Ballingarry and Aristotle, offered by her breeder Cathal Ryan's Swordlestown Stud, had earlier been bought for 425,000 guineas by Gordon-Watson for the same clients.

The sale continues Thursday with a session starting at midday.