Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 Concludes
Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale concluded with a son of SIYOUNI topping proceeding’s at 280,000 guineas. The final day saw a total of 223 lots sell for 12,488,000 guineas, at an average of 56,000 guineas and a median of 44,000 guineas. The three-day sale saw 681 lots sell for 42,414,000 guineas, at an average of 62,282 guineas and a median of 47,000 guineas.
The top lot on the final day of Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale was lot 1131, the SIYOUNI colt consigned by Stauffenberg Bloodstock. The son of the ACATENANGO mare NOTRE DAME is a half-sister to the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly winner NOW WE CAN and was knocked down to trainer Simon Crisford for 280,000 guineas.
"We loved him," said Crisford. "We thought he looked a really racy sort, and the nicest here today."
Mark Richards, representing the Hong Kong Jockey Club secured his second lot at October Book 2 when he landed the KODIAC colt out of the SINGSPIEL mare SINGITTA for 260,000 guineas. Catalogued as lot 1305, the colt was consigned by Rory & Barry Mahon’s Mountain View Stud.
"Kodiac should get horses who are suited to Hong Kong - they are fast & durable," said Richards after purchasing the colt. "They go on all types of ground."
"We have just one so far and he sells at the sale in March. This chap has a little more quality than some often have, but that will be a good thing hopefully."
The Hong Kong Jockey Club have bought five lots across Books 1 and 2 for a total of 1,120,000 guineas.
Simon Crisford, who is in his first year of training secured another high priced lot when the DARK ANGEL colt out of RAYON ROUGE was knocked down to him for 250,000 guineas. Consigned form Paddy Twomey’s Athassel House Stud, the colt is a great-grandson of the Champion mare REBELLINE, winner of the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and was secured by Crisford after he saw off Darley’s Jono Mills.
"Dark Angel is an exceptional sire and we are really pleased to have got this horse" said Crisford. "He is for the same new client as today's earlier purchase."
The sale represented a pinhooking triumph for Twomey who purchased him as a foal for just Euros 75,000.
At the conclusion of Book 2 of the 2015 October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“Book 2 of last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale shattered records across the board, with the average and median soaring 36% and 35% respectively and turnover breaking 40 million guineas for the first time. Records of that magnitude are always hard to match and while all the key indicators have held up well, they have fallen marginally short of last year’s spectacular levels.
“All week buyers have commented that the best yearlings have been very hard to buy, which reflects the quality of the yearlings the vendors have brought to the sale. We have seen a cosmopolitan cast of buyers active throughout the week and competition at the upper end of the market has been the real feature over the past three days. Last year’s wide margin record number of six figure lots has been exceeded, with more than 120 yearlings making 100,000 guineas or more and the obvious highlight was the new record top price of 725,000 guineas for Gestut Fahrhof’s outstanding DUBAWI colt out of GOATHEMALA.
‘It would be wrong, however, to pretend that it has been plain sailing at all levels of the market. After last year’s outstanding sale, demand for places in Book 2 was overwhelming and the extra numbers have not only posed logistical challenges, but also contributed to a market which has at times been selective. Numerically, Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has long been the largest yearling sale in Europe, but the 915 yearlings we have catalogued this year significantly exceeded the optimum numbers which made last year’s Book 2 such an extraordinary renewal.
“Looking ahead to Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale, we still have plenty of good solid commercial yearlings to sell over the next two days. All Book 3 yearlings are eligible for the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes and buyers still have plenty of opportunities to find both quality and value for money."
Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale starts at 9.30am on Thursday, October 15.