The Castlebridge Consignment offered the top-priced horses on both days of a dynamic Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale, with their colt from the second crop of Coolmore's Irish-based Yeats bringing the sale's overall highest price on closing day Sept. 25.
The sought-after youngster out of stakes-placed Laurentine, by Private Account, sold for €180,000 ($243,410 in United States funds) to Ukrainian-based owner Konstantin Zgar's Lily Corporation. His price marked the highest at the sale since 2006 and second-highest price in the auction's history.
Bloodstock agent Ananios Antoniadis, acting on behalf of Zgar, landed the the Yeats colt, prevailing in spirited bidding over Ronan Griffin, Norman Williamson, Harold Kirk, and Jim Ryan.
The colt's dam Laurentine is a half sister to 2000 Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner Love Divine
, dam of 2006 Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) victor Sixties Icon
"He is a lovely horse and we were looking for a middle-distance type," Antoniadis said of the sale topper.
Yeats, a 13-year-old son of Sadler's Wells, won seven group I races, including a record four editions of the Gold Cup (Eng-I) in succession at Royal Ascot. He was Europe's champion stayer four straight seasons from 2006-2009. His first foals are 2-year-olds of 2013.
Financials for the two-day auction were the best since 2007, thanks to a strong buying bench that included British and Irish trainers, breeze sale buyers, and international interests representing 14 nations.
Overall, 470 horses sold for €6,912,400 ($9,347,466), a robust 43% increase from the 2012 sale. The average price was of €14,707 ($19,888), rising 26%, and the median of €12,000 ($16,227) was up 30%.
"This has been a vibrant sale from start to finish and represents the fourth consecutive year of growth for our September sale," Tattersalls Ireland managing director Roger Casey said.
"The key indicators of average, median and turnover are all significantly higher than last year, we have witnessed the second-highest price achieved at this sale, and the clearance rate is the second-highest achieved in the last 11 years."
Antoniadis and Lily Corporation also secured the top-priced horse on opening day, Sept. 24: a the Castlebridge Consignment's colt by Derrinstown Stud-based Tamayuz for €110,000 ($148,690). He is out of the winning Desert King mare Sandy Lady. Notable members of the extended family include English champion filly and classic winner Sweet Solera.