London-based bloodstock agent Charlie Gordon-Watson has been the leading buyer at the Tattersalls October yearling sale for the past four years and was again prominent buying the 375,000-guinea session topper, the full brother to Hency Cecil's high class group III-winning colt High Pitched. The yearling, by Indian Ridge out of the Sadler's Wells mare Place de l'Opera was consigned by Peter Stanley's New England Stud. The colt saw early interest from owner Colin Davey, standing with former Derby winning jockey John Reid, before Gordon-Watson got the better of the duel on behalf of leading owner Saeed Suhail. The colt will go into training with Michael Stoute who has also trained Suhail's best performers in recent years, the Two Thousand Guineas winner King's Best as well as King of Happiness and Beat All.
The Tattersalls October yearling sale, the largest yearling sale in Europe, started in strong style on Tuesday in England. For the first time, the stronger lots are being offered on the opening two days and the first day saw 194 lots sold for a total of 11,164,500 guineas, the second highest level of turnover for a session at the October sale. An indication of the strength of the opening session was that 29 lots were sold for 100,000 guineas or more compared with a total of 56 during the whole of last year's sale. The average on the opening day was 57,548 guineas while the median was 42,000 guineas.