The opening session of the Tattersalls October yearling sale part two in England on Tuesday returned very strong figures. Eleven yearlings sold for 100,000 guineas or more, compared to five during the entire 2004 sale.
Trainer John Gosden, who earlier in the day gave a seal of approval to Ascot Racecourse's new turf surface, spent 210,000 guineas for Princess Haya of Jordan, Sheikh Mohammed's wife. This price, a Tattersalls part two record, was for a Kyllachy filly out of the unraced Kris mare Placement. Consigned by Michael Wates' Langton Stud, the filly is a half-sister to National Stakes winner Presto Vento. Kyllachy stands at Cheveley Park Stud.
"She was very attractive with the best filly's pedigree here," Gosden said. "She had a great way of moving, looked racy, and there is speed under the first dam."
The day saw 224 yearlings offered with 186 selling for 6,424,500 guineas, a rise in the aggregate of 39% over 2004 when 254 were offered and 183 sold for 4,638,100 guineas.
The average jumped 36% to 34,540 guineas (from 24,344 guineas a year ago), and the median increased 30% 26,000 guineas (from 20,000 guineas).