2010 December Yearling Sale Press Release
A colt and a filly by the all-conquering stallion GALILEO provided the star turns on the one-day Tattersalls December Yearling Sale, the pair realising 140,000 guineas each as a total of five lots breached the six-figure barrier. The session saw a total of 194 lots sell for 3,574,600 guineas at an average of 18,426 guineas and a median of 9,000 guineas.
The Derby winner GALILEO is proving to be a chip off the old block at Coolmore Stud as he looks to emulate the feats of his sire - the legendary SADLER’S WELLS. With no fewer than seven individual Group 1 winners in 2010 alone, progeny of the brother to SEA THE STARS are understandably in great demand, resulting in his Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 average finishing just shy of 300,000 guineas including the 1.2 million guinea top-priced European yearling. Whilst he didn’t manage to reach those heights during this sale, he still provided three of the six figure lots as well as the sale topping pair.
His son out of the SLEW O’GOLD mare GOLDEN CORAL was the top price for much of the day after he was knocked down to Coolmore’s Demi O’Byrne for 140,000 guineas. Consigned from David and Diane Nagle’s Barronstown Stud, the colt’s dam GOLDEN CORAL is a sister to Group 1 Coronation Stakes winner GOLDEN OPINION and was knocked down to O’Byrne after he saw off Irish agent Peter Doyle.
Later in the evening the GALILEO filly out of the COZZENE mare COZZENE’S ANGEL was knocked down to London-based agent Charlie Gordon-Watson for a sale-equaling top price of 140,000 guineas. Consigned from Lady Lloyd-Webber’s Watership Down Stud, the half-sister to the dual Grade 1 winner TOCCET went Gordon-Watson’s way after he saw off the efforts of Irish agent Luke Lillingston.
The third highest priced lot for the day was 115,000 guineas for the TEOFILO colt out of the Listed placed NASHWAN mare WHIRLY BIRD. Consigned from Woodcote Stud, the colt was knocked down to trainer Roger Charlton after he saw off agents Rachel Boffey and David Redvers.
"He has been bought for Barry Hurley of Seasons Holidays, who is getting into Flat racing in a bigger way," said Charlton. "Barry already has two yearlings by DYLAN THOMAS, one which was bought as a foal while the other is a home-bred, as well as an AUTHORIZED filly out of WANNABE GRAND, also bought as a foal."
When Charlton was asked what he particuarly liked about this horse, he said: "I liked many of the TEOFILO’s I saw earlier this autumn, they were all very alike with plenty of quality. This is, of course, a family that I know well through INCHINOR."