Record Price for Medicean Filly at Tattersalls October Book 3

Lot 1677: Medicean (GB) / Plucky (GB)
Lot 1677: Medicean (GB) / Plucky (GB)

Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale started on a positive note with 11 lots selling for 50,000 guineas or more and the record price for the sale being broken when a filly by MEDICEAN sold for 115,000 guineas. A total of 265 lots were sold for 4,540,700 guineas at an average of 17,135 guineas and a median of 13,500 guineas. The clearance on the opening day was 84%. 

A daughter of Cheveley Park Stud’s MEDICEAN became the highest priced yearling ever sold at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when bought by Rabbah Bloodstock for 115,000 guineas, fending off competition from eventual underbidder Henry Candy.  The filly, catalogued as Lot 1677, is out of the KYLLACHY mare PLUCKY who is a half-sister to Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes winner WUNDERS DREAM, as well as Group 3 Ridgewood Pearl Stakes winner GRECIAN DANCER.

The record sale also provided a great pinhooking success for consignors Damian Flynn and Emma Foley of Redgate Bloodstock’s who bought the filly as a foal for just 18,000 guineas at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale last year.

In a celebratory mood, Flynn commented:

"We might have a holiday now!  We've worked every day for seven years getting this business going. I am just delighted for my partner Emma - she works so hard.

"Emma pinhooked the filly for 18,000gns here last year and it is nice to have good touch - we might do some jobs around the stud now, or we might come and buy a young mare!"

Jono Mills of Rabbah Bloodstock added:

"She is very athletic, very balanced and good looking - the stand out lot today. I bought her for Saeed Manana and he loved her. She will go to James Tate."

An active day for Jono Mills also included the fourth highest lot of the day, Lot 1675, a SIR PERCY colt which he purchased on behalf of Rabbah Bloodstock for 62,000 guineas.  Bobby O’Ryan was underbidder on the colt who is out of the RAHY mare PILCOMAYO - herself out of the Grade 1 winning American mare LINK RIVER. 

Bought as a foal for just 7,000 guineas, the son of SIR PERCY represented another pinhooking triumph, this time for consignors Sherbourne Lodge.

The popularity of DARK ANGEL’s progeny during Books 1 & 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continued today when a son of the sire fetched 70,000 guineas to become the third highest priced yearling sold on Day 1 of Book 3, selling to Emma Armstrong under her Highfield Farm banner.  The grey colt, from the draft of Jamie Railton, is out of PRINCE SABO mare NASHIRA and a half-brother to dual Listed winner PERFECT POLLY.

"He'll come back to Lancashire and we'll decide upon the trainer then,” said Armstrong.  “The page is all about speed and we are looking for fast horses. We bought Ribchester from Jamie."

Railton added:

"It is a deserved result for breeder Old Peartree Stud. He is a lovely horse, I think - hope - he'll be a good one!"

Late in the evening, the filly by SHOWCASING consigned by Trickledown Stud on behalf of Fonthill Farms and breeder Alastair Morrison fetched 75,000 guineas becoming the second highest lot of the day.  Henry Candy, who was underbidder on the top lot earlier in the day, was determined not to miss out on the daughter of the TREMPOLINO mare TREMELO POINTE from the family of Group 2 placed and Listed winner DREAM EATER.

Delighted with his purchase, Candy commented:

"She is a lovely, really racy filly, with a page. I really love the stock that Showcasing is getting"

Breeder Alastair Morrison, brother of trainer Hughie, was also very pleased with the outcome and said: 

"We bought the mare and she was trained by Hughie to win one race. We brought her back to the farm and she has had some bad luck - she really deserves this.

"I would like to say that I was really clever choosing Showcasing, but a friend had a breeding right in year three and it fell into place for us - it has worked out fabulously.  Of course, we were tempted to keep her, but very quickly the price went out of our hands - but she has gone to a great home, the best trainer of fillies in the country."

Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continues at 9.30am on Friday, October 16th.