Tattersalls October

Molto Bene! Brant Filly Races to 'Rising Star'-dom

A 475,000gns Tattersalls October yearling purchase by Mike Ryan on behalf of owner Peter Brant, In Italian (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) was bet into 7-5 favoritism for her Mar. 28 bow at Tampa, but found trouble enough at the quarter pole and again 100 yards later to cost her a debut graduation. Kicked immediately into the lead here by Irad Ortiz, Jr., In Italian enjoyed a fairly soft time of things on the engine, clocking unpressured fractions of :24.03 and :49.39. Challenged briefly approaching the stretch, In Italian rebroke and coasted...

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Stonestreet, Agent McElroy Strike it Big With European Buys

When Napa Spirit (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) won Friday's first race at Keeneland, bloodstock agent Ben McElroy was more relieved than ecstatic. Some six months earlier, he purchased Napa Spirit at the Goffs Orby Yearling sale in Ireland with a set goal in mind. He was looking for a unique type of horse, one that could win in the U.S. and Europe, would be fast and precocious, like the grass and be a good fit for the Royal Ascot meet. Friday's win was the latest sign that he had more...

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Fastnet Filly Flies to 'TDN Rising Star'-dom

Dispatched at debut odds of 9-1 in Thursday's fourth race from Aqueduct, Lawrence Goichman's Star Devine (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) gave her rivals a bit of a head start after hopping slightly at the break, but she was handled perfectly thereafter by Trevor McCarthy and stormed home down the center of the track to graduate in sharp time to become a new 'TDN Rising Star.' Spotting the field a couple of lengths after that slow beginning, Star Devine--a 200,000gns purchase by Mike Ryan out of the 2019 Tattersalls October Sale--Book...

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Plenty Of Positives As Tattersalls October Ends

A fortnight of selling at Park Paddocks for the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale drew to a close on Saturday morning with a small Book 4 offering. The session added 153,000gns to the coffers for 42 sold (65%). While the average dipped 15% to 3,655gns, the median was up 14% to 2,500gns. A pair of fillies by Equiano (Fr) (lots 2007 and 2030) topped trade at 11,000gns and 10,000gns, respectively, when bought by Nick Bradley Racing/George Boughey and Rabbah Bloodstock. Tattersalls October Books 1 through 4 cumulatively saw 1,816 yearlings go...

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October Surprise Marches On

NEWMARKET, UK--So here we are, at the furlong pole, and somehow still hard on the bridle. With just Book 4 to go, the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continues to confound the gloom generated this year as the bloodstock industry--along with the wider economy--reeled under the nightmarish burden of a pandemic. On Friday, even the weaker second session of Book 3 sailed serenely clear of the riptide. Turnover of 2,274,500gns soared past the equivalent day last year, up a giddy 27% from 1,796,400gns. That yielded an average of 10,245gns, up from...

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Market Rally Extends into Book 3

NEWMARKET, UK--Like a cyclist who has been struggling into a bitter headwind, only to find himself suddenly towed along by the slipstream of a juggernaut, Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale opened with all the startling momentum achieved, against every temperate expectation, in Book 2. Once again, the masks around the ring concealed gapes of incredulity as a brisk trade maintained all indices almost precisely in step with the returns last year, when the wider world was so very different a place. Aggregate turnover of 5,092,700gns, through the...

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Roaring Book 2 Trade Bucks Trend at Tattersalls

NEWMARKET, UK—Apparently there's a global pandemic in progress, but that didn't thwart the appetite for bloodstock at Tattersalls on Tuesday as the second session of Book 2 bucked trends in what has been a tricky sales season to date. "Considering what else is going on in the world, we are very lucky this is going ahead," said David Cox of Baroda Stud after selling one of the day's most successful pinhooks. It is a sentiment that has been repeated often in recent weeks as the yearling sales have continued while...

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Shastye Filly Heads Strong Book 1 Finale

By Emma Berry & Alayna Cullen NEWMARKET, UK—The final day of Book 1 at Tattersalls received a huge early boost with a new top lot of 2.8-million gns within the first hour, but by early afternoon that had been surpassed when the Galileo (Ire) filly widely expected to steal the show did just that. Coronavirus restrictions on the number of people in the sales ring have robbed Tattersalls of some of its customary theatrical feel but, with the leading players assembled in the open air on opposite sides of the...

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Another Millionaire For Kingman At Tattersalls

Lynn Lodge Stud's filly out of a half-sister to the dam of 'TDN Rising Star' and recent G3 Tattersalls S. winner La Barrosa (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) (lot 416) became the second millionaire at Tattersalls October Book 1 for Kingman when selling to Anthony Stroud for 1.45-million gns. In addition to the aforementioned mare Bikini Babe (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) the dam, Sante (Ire) (Dream Ahead), is a half-sister to group winners Combat Zone (Ire) (Refuse to Bend {Ire}), Royal Empire (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) and Scottish (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}).

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Galileo Filly New Tattersalls Top Lot At 2.8-Million Gns

Galileo notched his first seven-figure yearling at this year's edition of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale on Thursday when MV Magnier went to 2.8-million gns for lot 374, Barronstown Stud's first foal out of multiple graded stakes winner Prize Exhibit (GB) (Showcasing {GB}). The page received a major boost this season when the dam's full-brother Mohaather (GB) took the G1 Sussex S. and G2 Summer Mile.

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Another Seven-Figure Dubawi Colt For Godolphin

Godolphin continued its spending spree on sons of its flagship sire Dubawi (Ire) early during session two of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale on Wednesday, snapping up lot 225, Highclere Stud's first foal of the G1 Moyglare Stud S. winner Intricately (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), for 1.1-million gns just moments before adding New England Stud's lot 229, the latest colt out of Group 1 performer and producer Jacqueline Quest (Ire) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}) for 525,000gns.

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Kingman Brother To Galileo Gold Leads Book 1 Opener

By Emma Berry & Alayna Cullen NEWMARKET, UK—Any doubts as to the participation of some of the leading buyers at Tattersalls's flagship October Sale were largely dispelled as Book 1 got underway on Tuesday with four seven-figure lots and the most expensive yearling sold in Europe or North America this year. That honour went to the sole, emotional offering from Colin Murfitt's local Pantile Stud (lot 174) in the Kingman (GB) half-brother to 2000 Guineas and G1 St James's Palace winner Galileo Gold (GB) (Paco Boy {Ire}), who sold for...

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