10/07/2004 12:00AM

Record European gross

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The first part of the reformatted Tattersalls October yearling auction in Newmarket, England, broke the European record for gross on Thursday when sales reached $86,359,014.

In the local auction currency, that translated into a record of 46,206,000 guineas, breaking the previous mark of 43 million guineas set at the Tattersalls October sale last year. There is still one session left in the first part of the October auction, termed October 1, which essentially combines the former Houghton select sale and the early sessions of the former October sale. The October 1 portion ends Friday. The massive auction's second part, October 2, has cataloged 1,302 yearlings that will sell from Oct. 11-16.

Thursday's third session continued the dominance of Coolmore-owned stallions. The day's top three prices were all for progeny from the conglomerate's prolific stallions. The afternoon's highest price was $598,080, which Anthony Stroud Bloodstock paid for a Montjeu colt out of Midnight Fever, by Sure Blade. Stroud purchased the colt on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's son Sheikh Rashid. The colt is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Moonlady and Group 1-placed Midnight Angel. Ireland's Kildaragh Stud was the consignor.

Through Thursday, the October 1 sessions had sold 382 yearlings. The cumulative average price was $226,071.