Spectrum filly sold for record price at Tattersalls.

Spectrum filly sold for record price at Tattersalls.

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Tattersalls Sets Yearling Sale Records

Records were established for gross revenue, average price, and highest price for an individual horse Monday during the Tattersalls yearling sale in England.

The gross of 3,293,400 guineas ($5,462,022) bettered the previous mark set in 1996 and represented an 88% increase over last year's total. The average of 20,204 guineas ($33,508) was up by 19%. Six yearlings brought six-figure prices compared to only two in 2001.

The record-setting sale topper, a Spectrum filly named Greek Island, was purchased for 360,000 guineas ($597,051) by Irish agent Demi O'Byrne, a member of the Coolmore Stud Team. Consigned by Kildaragh Stud, as agent for Ballymacoll Stud Farm, Greek Island was produced from the 20-year-old Ela-Mana-Mou mare Gay Hellene, who captured the 1985 Prix de Flore (Fr-III). Greek Island is a half-sister to Nash Terrace (by Nashwan), winner of the 1996 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs, and Landing Light (by In the Wings), a multiple stakes winner over hurdles in England. Greek Island is also a half-sister to Athene (by Rousillon), the dam of French group III winner Side Saddle. Other prominent members of the record-setting filly's family include Gaily, Pilsudski, and Spearfish.

In addition to O'Byrne, Greek Island attracted bids from bloodstock agents Joss Collins, Anthony Stroud, and Peter Doyle before the record-breaking offer from O'Byrne.