Part one of the Tattersalls October yearling ended its four-day run in England Friday with an average price of 119,509 guineas that was up 16% from a year ago. The median price remained the same at 70,000 guineas.
"We have seen a number of individual records broken in the course of the last four days with perhaps the most notable being the record aggregate (59,635,000 guineas) for a European yearling sale by a very wide margin," said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony. "In addition, the Kingmambo colt out of Last Second was a record price for the sale, and at 1,250,000 guineas the highest price for a yearling in Europe this year, while the average has comfortably bettered last year's level.
"Most important, however, has been the overall feel to the sale. There has been a genuine buzz around Park Paddocks from start to finish and the sale format has met with universal approval. After last year's yearling sales, we said that we felt the numbers should be controlled more tightly and the decision to cut the numbers and to catalogue alphabetically by dams name throughout the sale has been the key to attracting a greater number of buyers and to keeping them here throughout the week.
"There is no doubt that the high profile successes of recent sale graduates such as Motivator, Shamardal, and George Washington have encouraged buyers, and new faces from throughout the world have had a significant impact on what has been a successful week.
"Part two of the October Yearling Sale starts this coming Tuesday and with Flashy Wings, Always Hopeful and Sir Percy all graduates of Part 2 last year, buyers can be certain that there are still plenty of quality yearlings to come for those who have been unable to fill their orders in the last four days."
Trainer John Gosden landed a Sadler's Wells filly for 570,000 guineas for Ira Gumberg and family's Skara Glen Stables, Jamie Railton consigned the bay filly, which is out of Musidora Stakes (Eng-III) Time Away..
Underbidder Demi O'Byrne, acting for Coolmore's John Magnier, had been more successful when outbidding Frank Stronach, then agents Bobby O'Ryan and Peter Doyle, to last son of the late Danehill to pass through the Park Paddocks sale ring this week for 550,000 guineas. Consigned by Lodge Park stud, the colt is out of the winning Red Sunset mare Sunset Café, a full-sister to Beeshi, the group III-winning dam of Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) winner Seazun.
Montjeu's yearlings are in demand at this sale, and the Coolmore Stud sire was responsible for a colt knocked down to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock, on behalf of Stronach, for 410,000 guineas. Barronstown Stud consigned the bay yearling, a half-brother to the listed-placed Princess Wanda out of the Shirley Heights mare Top Lady. The dam is a half-sister to group I winner Emmson
Newmarket trainer William Haggas went to 400,000 guineas for a beautifully-bred son of the late Darley stallion Machiavellian out of the listed-winning mare Renashaan. The bay colt is a full-brother to Medicis, runner-up in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I). The youngster, consigned by John Osborne, is also a half-brother to Jim Bolger's brilliant race-mare Alexander Goldrun, a winner at the highest level in Ireland, Britain, France, and Hong Kong.
Coolmore's Demi O'Byrne paid 400,000 guineas when clinching a bay colt out of the Miswaki mare Sabria. The Sadler's Wells half-brother to Landseer, winner of the 2002 Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. I), and to Ikhtyar, a group I-placed listed winner, was consigned by Genesis Green Stud.
Another bay colt by Montjeu, prompted Charlie Egerton to go to 400,000 guineas. The youngster, consigned by Glenvale Stud, is out of the winning St. Jovite mare Susan Kelapa and is from the family of group I winners Pas de Reponse and Green Tune.
COMPARATIVE FIGURES IN GUINEAS
YR CAT OFF SOLD GROSS AVG MED
2005 171 147 120 14,302,000 119,183 68,000
2004 no comparative figures
YR CAT OFF SOLD GROSS AVG MED
2005 688 592 499 59,635,000 119,509 70,000
2004 791 708 512 52,631,500 102,795 70,000