Five Top 200,000 Guineas on Second Day of Tattersalls October Book 2

Lot 798: Rip Van Winkle (IRE) / Shanghai Lily (IRE)
Lot 798: Rip Van Winkle (IRE) / Shanghai Lily (IRE)

The second day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continued in robust fashion with five lots topping the 200,000 guineas mark and the clearance rate for the day at a remarkable 89%. A total of 200 lots were sold for 9,561,500 guineas, at an average of 47,808 guineas and a median of 36,000 guineas.

Paul Smith, son of Coolmore partner Derrick Smith, secured the colt by RIP VAN WINKLE out of the KING’S BEST filly SHANGHAI LILY for 230,000 guineas. Standing alongside MV Magnier and Paul Shanahan, Smith did the bidding himself to secure the colt consigned from Cheveley Park Stud.

"We are delighted to have got him," said Smith. "We know the stallion well and he is proving very popular. This horse might run in my colours."

Smith has had two runners this season with Roger Varian, including the juvenile Kingston Hill, winner of the Group 3 Autumn Stakes on Saturday.

October Yearling Sale Book 2  Day 2 Figures:
2013 241 224 200 9,561,500 47,808 36,000
2012 260 240 208 9,300,500 44,714 35,000

The BIG BAD BOB colt out of the SAKHEE mare SCRUMPTIOUS realised the second highest price for the day at 210,000gns when bought by the "Senior" Hannon-Doyle team of Richard and Peter.

"I haven't had one by the sire before," said Hannon, who was sporting a baseball cap emblazoned with the Irish National Stud sire's name. "He is a smasher and is for a long-term client. He'll be the first by the sire to come to me. "

"We didn't think we'd have to go so far," added Doyle, "a lot of work had to be done on the phone as he was selling!"

The sale represented a fine pinhooking result for Paul and Julie McCarthy, who bought the colt under their own Glencoole Bloodstock banner for €50,000. McCarthy is a manager at Rathbarry, the vendor of the colt, and a nephew of the late Liam Cashman.

"He's by a very good sire and he is the only horse I have pinhooked that fellow pinhookers were asking after when I saw them at the earlier yearling sales," reported McCarthy. 

MASTERCRAFTSMAN has had a great start to his stud career with his first two-year-olds lighting up the racecourse including the Group winners AMAZING MARIA and KINGSTON HILL and the Group placed THE GREY GATSBY and NEZAR. His yearlings have been in great demand as a result, none more so this week that the colt out of the PEINTRE CELEBRE mare SPLASH MOUNTAIN who was knocked down to David Elsworth for 200,000 guineas. Whilst Elsworth did the bidding, taking instructions over the telephone, Suzanne Roberts signed for the colt that will be trained by James Fanshawe on behalf of Hong Kong-based owner Ben Wong.

"He is a lovely athletic type, out of well-bred mare and by a stallion who is making name for himself," said Roberts, when explaining why the team decided to go so far with their bidding.

"He's a proper horse," added Elsworth of the colt who is now the second-highest priced yearling to sell by the sire.

The sale represented another great pinhooking triumph for Eddie O’Leary’s Lynn Lodge Stud who purchased him as a foal for just €44,000.

The fourth yearling to sell for 200,000 guineas or more on the day was the DUBAWI colt out of the SADLER’S WELLS mare TIME HONORED from William Barnett’s amazing family stemming from Champion racemare TIME CHARTER. Consigned from Jamie Railton, the colt was knocked down to Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and will go to Mike De Kock.

The fifth horse to breach the 200,000 guineas mark was the INVINCIBLE SPIRIT filly out of the ORPEN mare WHITE AND RED. Consigned from Ridge Manor Stud on behalf of Edward O’Sullivan, the filly was knocked down to Charlie Gordon-Watson, seated next to owner Alan Spence, for 200,000 guineas. O’Sullivan, who is from Ratoath in County Meath bred the filly, as well as her dam, and is the only yearling he has had to sell this autumn.

"I have a younger full sister at home," he smiled, "and sent the dam to Invincible Spirit because he suits her conformation. He is also a very good sire. I have three mares and this filly was sent to Ridge Manor to prep ten weeks ago."

Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continues on Wednesday October 15 at 10.30am.