The 2001 Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale in Great Britain got off to a good start Tuesday night when two horses sold for more than a million guineas. Average for the first day was 254,937 guineas ($391,000), up a bit from last year, while the median of 170,000 guineas ($242,000) was up 31% on last year's corresponding session. Overall, 32 lots were sold for 8,158,000 guineas ($12.5 million).The sale-topper, a colt by Green Desert -- Colorvista, sold for 1,300,000 guineas ($1.995 million). Sold by Egon Weinfeld's Meon Valley Stud, the colt, who is a half-brother to five winners, including group 1 performer Mudeer, was purchased by Demi O'Byrne on behalf of the John Magnier/Michael Tabor partnership. The underbidder was John Ferguson, who was standing with trainer David Loder and Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford.Second-highest price was 1,000,000 guineas ($1.533 million) for a colt by Grand Lodge -- Bonne Etoile. He was purchased by Michael Goodbody of Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum's Gainsborough Stud Management. The underbidder on the colt was O'Byrne. Purchased at last year's Tattersalls December foal sale for 155,000 guineas, the sale was yet another pinhooking success for Camas Park Stud owner Timmy Hyde.Results, Catalog, Other Information from Tattersalls
A Gainsborough Stud-bred Indian Ridge colt out a half-sister to Breeders&#8217; Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Lit de Justice brought 25,000 guineas (about $54,000) to top part four of the Tattersalls October yearling sale.
Great Britain's premier yearling auction got off to a solid start in Newmarket Oct. 9 when Coolmore principal John Magnier paid the top price of 500,000 guineas (about $1,067,000) for the last lot offered.