Tattersalls October Yearling Sale day one highlights

The first yearling to fetch seven figures at the sale was Lot 96, appropriately the last foal out of the late Shastye, the dam of five previous millionaire lots sold at Tattersalls, three of whom fetched 3.4 million guineas and more, and a top lot in 2020. Her yearling sales in the Tattersalls ring before today totalled 14,200,000 Guineas. Her racing progeny include the Group 1 winners Japan, Mogul and Secret Gesture – the first named also a champion European three-year-old. This colt was by Dubawi (the mare's previous big-priced progeny were all by Galileo) and was bought for 1,000,000 Guineas by Godolphin (who have been busy). "He is by Dubawi, whom we have huge regard for, and out of an incredible mare," said Godolphin’s Anthony Stroud. "She has produced so many great horses, and although he is out of mare who was a bit older he looks incredibly well. We all looked at him, and the boss looked at him and we felt we had to go for it. He is a very good looking, very correct good walking horse and very athletic, he fitted our criteria."

Godolphin went big again for Lot 151 paying 1,050,000 Guineas for for a Ghaiyyath colt out of Tickled Pink, a Group winning sprinter in her career from a family that has produced a few winners, he is a half-brother to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Victoria Road.

There was a total of 154 yearlings offered on day one, 124 sold, with a total of 30,628,000 Guineas changing hands. The Median and Average are up on last year though the Total is actually 4% down on last years figure. Godolphin were the leading purchasers.