10/08/2004 12:00AM

$2.1M sale-topper at Tattersalls


The Tattersalls October Part 1 yearling sale, the first segment of a reformatted two-part auction, ended Friday with a European record for gross and a $2,149,350 top price.

The four-day auction posted a record of 52,631,500 guineas, or about $98,368,274, for 512 lots sold. The average was $192,124, and the median was $130,830.

The top-priced yearling was the $2,149,350 Danehill-Bordighera colt that Coolmore agent Demi O'Byrne bought from Trickledown Stud. The colt is a half-brother to three-time Group 1 winner Grandera.

At Friday's final session, the top price was $712,000 for a Sadler's Wells filly. B.B.A. Ireland purchased the daughter of Shouk (by Shirley Heights) from Ireland's Camas Park Stud. The filly is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Magical Romance.

The second part of the October yearling sale, with more than 1,300 yearlings, runs from Monday to next Friday.