10/07/2013 11:22AM

Tattersalls: Market-testing October yearling sale begins on Tuesday


Just as last month’s Keeneland September yearling sale served as a comprehensive barometer of the North American market, so too will the Tattersalls October yearling auction, the majority of which is scheduled to be held over the next two weeks, test the strength and stability of the European market.

The elite Book One section, traditionally a playing ground for some of the industry’s titans, begins on Tuesday and ends Thursday. The catalog features 513 yearlings representing practically all of Europe’s top sires as well as several prominent North American sires. All Book One yearlings are automatically eligible for six Tattersalls Millions races during 2014-15, with purses totaling 1.3 million pounds. In addition, 411 of the Book One yearlings are included in the Racing Post Yearling Bonus scheme, which awards 10,000 pounds in bonuses to winners of nearly 200 maiden races in 2014 throughout Europe, and 140 of the Book One yearlings are eligible for BOBIS purse supplements of 6,000 pounds for qualifying races in 2014.

Forty-seven yearlings cataloged in Book One are by Coolmore’s elite international sire Galileo, who picked up his most recent Group 1 winner during Longchamp’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe card on Sunday when Altano won the marathon Prix du Cadran. Sea The Stars, the 2009 Arc winner whose first-crop runners made their racing debuts this year, is represented by 17 cataloged yearlings. These include a half-brother to 2005 Epsom Derby winner Motivator. Haras du Quesnay’s Motivator is the sire of newly minted Arc winner and undefeated 3-year-old filly Treve.

Among the North American-based sires represented in Book One are Arch, Bernardini, Blame, Elusive Quality, Giant’s Causeway, Hard Spun, Lookin At Lucky, More Than Ready, Speightstown, Street Cry, and War Front. Claiborne’s War Front in particular has been popular with European buyers through the 2013 North American yearling sales, most notably when Coolmore representatives bought one of his sons for $2.5 million to lead the Keeneland September auction. He is represented by a solitary yearling in Book One, a filly out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Dawn Chorus, from the family of champion Countess Diana.

Last year’s Book One section of the Tattersalls October yearling sale closed with enormous gains, finishing as the highest-grossing yearling auction in European history. For three days, 418 yearlings sold for about $114,628,125 (68,102,500 guineas), a 32 percent increase compared with finals from the 2011 Tattersalls October Book One sale. The average of $274,230 (162,925 guineas) also set a record, and was up 15 percent. The median of about $168,300 (100,000 guineas) remained level with 2011. Book One’s proceedings were led by a yearling that sold during the final session for about $4,006,000 (2.5 million guineas). Purchased by agent David Redvers on behalf of Sheikh Fahad al-Thani, the Galileo sale-topper, a three-quarter brother to European champion Authorized, was consigned by the Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Paul Makin. Named Hydrogen, the colt has yet to race.

Book One of the 2013 Tattersalls October yearling sale will be followed by a four-day Book Two section from Oct. 14-17 and a single-day Book Three session on Oct. 18. Tattersalls will also hold a Book Four yearling session on Oct. 31 following its horses in training sale.

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