International Trade At Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up And Horses In Training Sale

Lot 148: Teofilo (IRE) / Caraiyma (IRE)
Lot 148: Teofilo (IRE) / Caraiyma (IRE)

Glorious sunshine welcomed visitors to Park Paddocks in Newmarket for the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale which saw strong demand at all levels across both the horses in training and breeze up sections. A total of four lots broke the six-figure barrier, up from just one last year with a total of 120 lots selling for 2,761,000 guineas, at an average of 23,008 guineas and a median of 14,000 guineas, figures that compared favourably with last year’s.

The top lot at the Horses in training section of the sale was the four-year-old KINGSDESIRE, who was sold to Italian agent Alberto Panetta for 85,000 guineas. The Group-placed son of KING’S BEST was consigned from Marco Botti’s Prestige Place with an official rating of 101 and bought by Panetta on behalf of Australian clients. Panetta indicated that the horse was to stay in training with Marco Botti in the short term with a visit to Australia further down the line.

Guineas Breeze Up & HIT Sale Comparative Figures
2013 204 150 120 2,761,000 23,008 14,000
2012 193 134 104 2,414,650 23,218 15,500
Horses in Training Figures:
2013 65 37 28 411,200 14,686 7,000
2012 66 36 26 261,400 10,054 3,500
Breeze Up Sale Figures:
2013 139 113 92 2,349,800 25,541 16,500
2012 127 98 78 2,153,250 27,606 21,000

The breeze up section of the sale saw the TEOFILO colt out of the SHAHRASTANI mare CARAIYMA top proceeding’s at 110,000 guineas to the bid of Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown. The half-brother to the Group 2 winner CARADAK was consigned to the sale from Adrian Costello’s Clenagh Castle Stud and represented a pinhooking triumph for his owners, having been purchased as a yearling for €25,000.

"He's for a new client, I can't say who, but will be going into training with William Haggas," said Brown.

"He is not a whizz bang type to get out early, and I am sure he'll be trained with next year in mind. I am a great fan of the sire, I think he is just about to explode onto the next level."

The first lot to reach 100,000 guineas during the sale was the PIVOTAL colt out of the RAHY mare ABANDON. Consigned from Tom Whitehead’s Powerstown Stud, the colt was knocked down to David Redvers after he saw off the efforts of Alex Elliot.

"He was far and away the stand out today," said Redvers. "He is a proper horse, and proves that good horses can come from this sale - we run Robot Boy in the 6f handicap on Sunday and he was top lot here last year."

The son of Pivotal, out of a half-sister to the Group 1 Caulfield Cup winner Tawqeet, was bought as a yearling by Powerstown Stud for 48,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

The third of the three six-figure trio was the colt by EXCHANGE RATE out of the NOTEBOOK mare DEPUTIE’S NOTEBOOK who was knocked down to Danish agent Lars Kelp for 100,000 guineas. Kelp bought the colt on behalf of Norwegian owner Wibecke Nagell-Erichsen with the colt to go into training with Niels Pedersen. The sale represented a great result for Gaybrook Lodge’s Jim McCarten who bought him as a yearling for just $40,000.

"I was walking up through the barns and this horse just caught my eye so I took a look at him and loved him - though we had gone out to the US purposefully to buy an Exchange Rate," McCartan.

"He's been a pleasure to do all year and I am delighted that Lars has bought him - he's had some luck with a filly bought from us before."

Late in the day Charlie Gordon-Watson secured the DUBAWI colt out of the GROOM DANCER mare LATE NIGHT for 105,000 guineas. The sale was a triumph for Tally-Ho Stud’s Roger O’Callaghan who had purchased him as a yearling for just €32,000.

At the conclusion of the 2013 Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

"Last year's decision to reintroduce the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up Sale and to add a horses in training section proved to be a success and this year has further cemented the fixture as a valuable addition to the Tattersalls sales calendar. The horses in training section achieved significant rises across the board with the 85,000 guineas session topper heading to Australia and international buyers prominent at all levels of the market. As last year the horses in training attracted participation from throughout the world and the international buyers continued to make their presence felt at the Breeze Up Sale which followed. 

"Middle Eastern buyers, in particular from Qatar and UAE, have made a major contribution to both parts of today's Guineas Sale and, similar to the 2012 renewal, the clearance rate of around 80% has not only been a huge positive, but also particularly welcome after the more selective demand that has been typical of the breeze up market this year. To have sold four six figure Breeze Up lots today has demonstrated the continued demand at the top of the market, but the depth and diversity to today's trade has been the real feature and we look forward to continuing to build on the success of this year's renewal of the Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale."  

The next sale at Tattersalls is the July Sale which takes place from July 10-12. Entries close on May 22 and can be made at