Danehill colt, brought record price at Tattersalls.

Danehill colt, brought record price at Tattersalls.


Danehill Colt Sets European Breeze-Up Record At Tattersalls

A European breeze-up record was set Wednesday during the opening session of the Tattersalls breeze-up sale in England when a Danehill colt sold for 260,000 guineas. The previous mark of 180,000 guineas was set at this sale last year. In all, 71 horses were sold for a gross of 2,362,500 guineas, an average price of 33,274, and a median price of 24,000 guineas.

The record-priced colt is a half-brother to two winners out of Silver Bubble, an own-sister to group I Irish Oaks third Silver Lane, multiple grade I winner Hawkster, and group I third Silver Kite. The colt was purchased by John Hassett Jr. for New York-based owners Anstu Stables. It was Anstu's first ever venture into the European market.

Consigned by Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables, the colt represented a massive pinhooking coup after being purchased for 50,000 euros as a yearling. Hassett held off Japanese bloodstock agent Taki Murayama, who was seated with trainer Kenji Yamauchi, last year's leading trainer at the Ritto training center in Japan and a regular purchaser at the Tattersalls breeze-up sale.