10/03/2006 11:00PM

Sheikh Mohammed still spending


England's Tattersalls October yearling sale continued the select yearling market's momentum on Wednesday, one day after selling a Pivotal colt for 1.2 million guineas, or about $2.4 million.

Once again, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum was the dominant buyer. He spent almost $60 million on yearlings at the Keeneland September sale, and on Tuesday he picked up the Tattersalls sale's top lot so far, a Pivotal half-brother to George Washington, last year's Irish champion juvenile and this season's 2000 Guineas winner. Ireland's Round Hill Stud consigned the colt, who is out of the Alysheba mare Bordighera.

At Wednesday's second of four sessions, Maktoum's agent, John Ferguson, picked up another session topper, this time a Dubai Destination colt, for about $1.23 million.

The colt is a son of the unraced Sadler's Wells mare Maskunah and is from the family of Group 1 winners Luso and Warrsan and of Group 1-placed runners Needle Gun and Cloud Castle. John Osborne was the consigning agent.

The Wednesday session sold 113 yearlings for about $30,135,084, yielding an average price of about $266,682. Compared in the local currency of guineas, those figures were up 1 percent for gross and 18 percent for average.