Tattersalls October Has Blue Point Half


Blue Point, a graduate of the Tattersalls October Book 1 Yearling Sale | Racing Post

A total of 552 lots comprise the catalogue of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale slated for Oct. 8-10, among them an Invincible Spirit (Ire) half-sister (lot 11) to Royal Ascot MG1SW standout Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal) for Oak Lodge & Springfield House Studs. Star sires Dubawi (Ire) has 29 yearlings offered, while Galileo (Ire) has 23, the latter’s son Frankel (GB) has 40 and 41 will go under the hammer by Frankel’s barnmate Kingman (GB). Sea The Stars (Ire) (31), Shamardal (8) and Dark Angel (Ire) (30) are also represented. Fifty-nine yearlings are either half- or full siblings to Classic or Group 1 winners and 243 are half- or full-siblings to group/listed scorers. Twenty-one Classic or Group 1-winning mares have yearlings catalogued. All of the yearlings are eligible for the £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus scheme.

Some of champion sire Galileo’s star lots are: a half-brother to GI Florida Derby victor Materiality (Afleet Alex) consigned by Newsells Park Stud as lot 121; Baroda Stud’s daughter of Australian champion and MG1SW Atlantic Jewel (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) (lot 179); G1 Investec Derby victor Pour Moi (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire})’s half-sister (lot 330) from the Camas Park Stud draft; and a full-brother to GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Line of Duty (Ire) (lot 357) hailing from New England Stud.

The Coolmore stalwart also fields a half-sister to English highweight juvenile filly Tiggy Wiggy (Ire) as lot 377 for WH Bloodstock; Manister House Stud consigns lot 524, a half-sister to G1 Irish Derby scorer Latrobe (Ire) (Camelot {GB}); and lot 544, a daughter of G1 Cheveley Park S. heroine Rosdhu Queen (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) from Oaks Farm Stables.

His British-based rival Dubawi also has a sizable number of quality yearlings facing the auctioneer too. Meon Valley Stud’s lot 44, out of French MG1SW Speedy Boarding (GB) (Shamardal) is one such colt; while fellow yearlings of note are: lot 77, a Watership Down Stud colt out of English highweight The Fugue (GB) (Dansili {GB}); a son of G1 Irish St Leger victress Voleuse de Coeurs (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) from Hazelwood Bloodstock (lot 103); a half-brother (lot 124) to G1 St James’s Palace S. hero Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero Tamarkuz (Speightstown) from Newsells Park Stud, as is English highweight and G1 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire})’s half-brother (lot 128); The Castlebridge Consignment sends lot 307, a half-brother to G1 2000 Guineas hero Galileo Gold (GB)(Paco Boy {Ire}) through the ring; and French champion juvenile Shalaa (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire})’s half-sister (lot 315) hails from the Castlefarm Stud consignment.

Frankel has several eye-catching lots set to sell including lot 288, a Norelands Stud-consigned half-brother to Arc hero Golden Horn (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}); a son of English/Irish highweight and dual Guineas victress Attraction (GB) (Efisio) (lot 180) for Floors Stud; while Meon Valley Stud consigns a son of MG1SW Izzi Top (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) (lot 356).

Meon Valley’s draft also includes a Siyouni (Fr) colt out of Izzi Top’s dam, the G1 Prix de l’Opera winner Zee Zee Top (GB) (Zafonic) (lot 130), as well as a Pivotal (GB) colt out of her GSW & G1SP Danehill Dancer (Ire) half-sister Jazzi Top (GB) as lot 363.

One of the potential stars for young sire Kingman is Glenvale Stud’s son of European champion older mare Islington (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) (lot 354). Camas Park consigns a full-brother to MG1SW Best Solution (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) (lot 142); and a Lope de Vega half-brother (lot 225) to two Italian Group 1 winners is offered by Watership Down Stud.

Several noteworthy American sires have yearlings catalogued, and the very first lot in the ring is a son of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah who is a half-brother to star American grass mare Lady Eli (Divine Park) (lot 1) from the 21-strong draft of Watership Down Stud. That consignor sold last year’s sale topper, a son of Dubawi (Ire) out of Dar Re Mi (GB) (Singspiel {Ire}) for 3.5 million gns. Also from Watership Down is a Kitten’s Joy filly (lot 82) from the same family as G1SW Passage of Time (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and a half-sister (lot 495) to G1 Oaks victress Qualify (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) by War Front.

Among the 17 sires with their first yearlings (51), Classic heros Awtaad (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) (11), Harzand (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) (2), New Bay (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) (2) and The Gurkha (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (2), are represented.

In 2018, The Tattersalls October Book 1 posted some impressive statistics, grossing 106,503,000gns for 392 yearlings. The average stood at 271,691gns, while the median was 167,500gns.

“Graduates of Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale have enjoyed another stellar year with the likes of this year’s dual Royal Ascot Group 1 winner Blue Point and outstanding Classic and Group 1 winners Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Phoenix of Spain (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) flying the flag throughout Europe,” said Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony. “The achievements of Book 1 purchases at the highest level in America have further demonstrated the uniquely global appeal of Europe’s premier yearling sale and this year’s catalogue is yet another in a long sequence of truly exceptional Book 1 catalogues. We have an extraordinary number of yearlings by the very best of an outstanding cast of European sires and, crucially for buyers at every level of Book 1, all 552 Book 1 yearlings can reward owners with the unprecedented prize money offered through the £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus scheme.”

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