2010 Autumn Horses in Training Sale Day 2 Press Release
The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale saw rises for turnover and average on the second day and a clearance rate of 87%. In total 235 lots were sold for 6,436,400 guineas at an average of 27,389 guineas and a median of 13,000 guineas.
The top price on the second day was the five-year-old horse CAT JUNIOR who was knocked down to Bard Al Hajir, bidding on behalf of the Saudi Arabian based Prince Sultan Bin Mishel Bin Abdulaziz. Competition for the Group 3 winner and multiple Group placed colt was an International affair and included Dr Farid Bordbar from Iran and Norwegian owner Nils Petter Gill. The son of STORM CAT, who carried a ‘Timeform’ rating of 121 and whilst he has only recorded one victory at Group level in the Group 3 Burj Nahaar at Meydan earlier in the year, he has twice finished fourth at Group 1 level as a three-year-old and fourth again in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret as a four-year-old.
Locally-based bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud secured the PIVOTAL colt JEDI for 215,000 guineas after seeing off the efforts of National Hunt trainer Donald McCain and Sean Quinn, son of Yorkshire based handler John Quinn. Offered as part of the consignment from Sir Michael Stoute’s Freemason Lodge Stables, JEDI had finished a good fourth behind CLOWANCE in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes at the weekend.
"He is a nice horse and has the right credentials and a suitable rating," said Stroud of the 97-rated colt who looks destined for the Dubai Racing Carnival early next year.
New Zealand based bloodstock agent and trainer Paul Moroney made a bold but unsuccessful bid to secure the session topping HEARTS OF FIRE yesterday, but had more luck today when securing the GALILEO colt DON CARLOS for 210,000 guineas. The three-year-old winner, who finished fourth in the Group 1 Gran Criterium de Saint-Cloud last year was knocked down to Moroney after he outlasted agent Danny Murphy.
"I went to 450,000gns yesterday for the sales topper, but could not quite go far enough," smiled Moroney.
"This is a good-looking horse who is less exposed than yesterday's horse. He missed a bit of time through the summer due to a pulled muscle, and looks as though he has some improvement still in him.
"I always find that buying off Ballydoyle has been a good experience - the team will always give you the full history of the horse and although you are buying their second string sorts, they can be plenty good enough!
"With the Australian dollar as it is currently, it makes good sense buying in Europe. The horses usually go back and acclimatise well."
DON CARLOS will join Moroney’s Melbourne Cup winning brother Mike at his stable in Melbourne with the ‘Race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup, the long term objective.