Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book One Day One Review

Day one of the Tattersalls October Sale has drawn to a close and as predicted in my post of this morning there were some big purchases with several seven-figure sum cheques being written. Dubawi yearlings proving very very popular.  

The small matter of 3,600,000 Guineas was paid for Lot 148 bred by the Australian-based Sun Kingdom and consigned by Hazelwood Bloodstock a Dubawi colt out of Alina. Godolphin and Coolmore locked horns across the sales ring with Anthony Stroud pushing the bidding from 3,400,000gns to 3,600,000gns to ultimately seal the deal for Godolphin.

David Redvers Bloodstock paid 1,000,000 Guineas for Lot 77 a Dubawi colt out of the brilliant racemare The Fugue, the champion older mare in 2013 and 2014, and a four-time Group 1 winner in Europe. "We are very excited to buy him," said Redvers. "Racehorse ownership is all about dreams, and he will give Sheikh Fahad and his brothers (Qatar Racing) plenty to dream about over the next two years. He apparently is very different to his two full-siblings, he is a very strong colt and he vetted very well. Dubawi is an amazing sire and it is difficult to buy them – to have one out of such a mare as this is very exciting indeed. He will go to be broken in at Longholes and will go to John Gosden early next year."

Lot 124 was another 1,000,000 Guineas lot this one another Dubawi colt on this occasion out of Without You Babe and so a half-brother to Without Parole amongst others. Trainer Kevin Ryan made the winning bid on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. He said after the hammer went down "Sheikh Mohammed Obaid loved the horse, and he knows more about the sire than anyone – he likes to pick horses that have similarities. He told me that if I liked him to buy him – it is wonderful to be able to buy horses such as this. The colt has a great pedigree, is a gorgeous horse by a fantastic sire." 

Godolphin purchased Lot 104 an Invincible Spirit filly out of Wadaa spending 600,000 Guineas on the yearling consigned by Highclere Stud.

The catalogue for the 3-day sale has 552 lots listed so there is every chance of some more fireworks on day two and day three as the big boys flex their wallets. The big-name sires will be well represented again over the next two days with plenty more offspring of Frankel, Dubawi, Sea The Stars, Zoffany, Oasis Dream and of course Galileo still to come. 

As for my two to watch on day one Lot 180 a bay colt by Frankel out of Attraction (full-brother of Elarqam) fetched 525,000 Guineas. 

The one I thought was a potential decent middle-distance type Lot 149 a bay filly by Galileo out of Alive Alive Oh sold to Blandford Bloodstock for 325,000 Guineas. 

They go again Wednesday for Day Two with another 184 Lots catalogued.