10/06/2010 3:14PM

Tattersalls session slips a bit

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The Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling sale’s second of three sessions ended with average and median down, but so slightly as to remain nearly level with last season. Gross fell 6 percent.

As at Tuesday’s opening session, Galileo remained a hot commodity, with six of the Coolmore stallion’s yearlings on the auction’s 10 most expensive horses so far. The highlight of the day was Hip No. 287, a Galileo filly out out of the unraced Darshaan mare Gwynn. Coolmore Stud owner John Magnier paid about $1.5 million for the filly.

The dam is unraced but has produced two winners, including Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed Gagnoa, by Sadler’s Wells. Wednesday’s session-topping filly is a three-quarter-sister to Gagnow.

Camas Park Stud consigned the session-topper, whose price in the local auction currency was 900,000 guineas.

Coolmore also purchased another session-topping filly by Galileo on Tuesday, paying about $2 million for a daughter of Alluring Park.

Wednesday’s second of three sessions grossed about $29,925,042 for 160 yearlings, for an average price of about $187,031. The median was approximately $118,534. The gross, compared year-to-year in guineas, fell 6 percent, while average was nearly level, falling less than one percent. Median price also dipped by just 1 percent.

Wednesday’s highest-priced colt also was by Galileo. Bought by agent Charlie Gordon-Watson for about $918,000, he – like the session-topping Galileo filly – is out of a Darshaan mare. His dam is Intrigued, a Group 1 performer who is a full-sister to the dam of Midas Touch.