200,000 Guineas Kodiac Colt Sets Record Price at Tattersalls October Book 3
A cosmopolitan mix of buyers helped to get the opening day of Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale off to a buoyant start with 20 lots being sold for 50,000 guineas or more and the record price for the sale being broken by some margin when a colt by KODIAC sold for 200,000 guineas. A total of 196 lots were sold for 4,447,000 guineas at an average of 22,689 guineas and a median of 17,000 guineas.
KODIAC’s progeny continued to be popular on the first day of Book 3, topping proceedings as he had in Book 2 and smashing the previous record price for the sale with a colt that realised 200,000 guineas when selling to Charlie Gordon-Watson.
The eye-catching colt is a son of the unraced TEOFILO mare ALLEGHENY CREEK, a half-sister to Listed winner and Irish 2000 Guineas-third HE’S A DECOY as well as Group 1 performer DANETIME.
Consignors Ballyhimikin Stud celebrated an impressive pinhooking success having bought the son of Tally-Ho Stud’s resident sire as a foal for 25,000 euros.
Gordon-Watson commented after the sale:
"He is a very good-moving horse and a stand-out here. When my client asked me to find him the best horse in the sale, I texted this horse's lot number immediately. He goes to Ed Dunlop. We bought Red Cadeaux at this sale for 55,000gns and he won five million... let's hope lightning strikes twice!"
James and Charlotte Hanly of Ballyhimikin Stud said:
"He is lovely horse and done himself so well all year. It's a speed pedigree and he looks an early two-year-old type.
"Hopefully, he will be one for the sale's race. Edmond Mahony recommended that we sold him in Book 3, we are delighted that it's worked out. We wish the purchasers all the very best with him."
It was a son of SIR PERCY that achieved the second highest price of the day when catching the eye of Dean Ivory who bought the colt for 115,000 guineas after fending off competition from eventual underbidder Charlie Gordon-Watson.
Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of breeder Chippenham Lodge Stud, the bay colt is out of the STARCRAFT mare THREE SUGARS, a daughter of Group 3 winner HOH DEAR and from the family of Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes winner WIGMORE HALL.
Ivory commented after the sale:
"My father found this horse. He is to replace Twin Sails, who is coming to the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale. He is a lovely, strong, well-topped colt and has a good way of going. I am delighted to have got him"
KODIAC sired an impressive four of the top ten lots on Day 1, the second of those being a son of Listed winning mare KINDLING. Consigned by Irish-based Acorn Stud, the May-born colt is from the family of Group 1 Middle Park Stakes winner BALLA COVE and was bought by Jill Lamb Bloodstock for 75,000 guineas.
"I have bought her for owner Julie Martin and he will go to Charlie Hills. We have been trying to buy all week and found things too strong, but we are delighted to have bought this colt - he looks strong, has a lot of quality and one we can get on with.
"I have been associated with a couple of good Kodiac colts and this horse looks quite similar - let's hope he is as fast as them!"
Two lots held the joint fourth highest price of the day, the first of those was a daughter of KODIAC out the two-year-old winning mare KATEVAN who made 70,000 guineas when selling to breeze-up consignor Willie Browne of Mocklershill Stables.
The February-born filly from the family of dual New Zealand Group 1 winner LET’S SGOR was purchased by Emerald Bloodstock as a foal here last December for 15,000 guineas on behalf of consignors Rathasker Stud.
"She was my pick of the day. She looks quick and let's hope she is. I'd like her to come back to the Craven Breeze-Up."
Maurice Burns of Rathasker Stud said:
"She is a lovely filly, and her dam was a good racehorse and was rated 86. She looks like a racehorse, a real two-year-old and she has been well liked here."
Later in the afternoon, the second yearling to make 70,000 guineas was the Lodge Park Stud-consigned IFFRAAJ filly out of unraced BERTOLINI mare PARK TWILLIGHT, a half-sister to Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner SEAZUN, who was bought by Darren Bunyan Racing.
"She is for the Straight For Victory syndicate which has been lucky," said Bunyan. "She is a lovely filly, a stand out for me today. She ticks all the boxes and has a great pedigree."
Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continues on Friday, October 14 at 10am and will be followed immediately by Book 4.