The top lot of the opening session, a Galileo filly out of A Z WarriorPICTURE: Tattersalls.com
Coolmore splash the cash in Book 1 opener
THE Coolmore team made its presence felt during Tuesday's opening session of the Tattersalls October Book 1 Yearling sale when spending a total of 4,610,000gns on six lots.
Topping the shopping list - and the day - was a daughter of the operation's champion sire Galileo out of Grade 1 Frizette Stakes winner A Z Warrior knocked down for 1.3 million gns.
The filly was offered by New England Stud on behalf of Triermore Stud, which parted with $1.25m to secure her dam through Blandford Bloodstock at Fasig-Tipton in 2011.
"She was bred by Christopher Hanbury of Triermore Stud," said consignor Peter Stanley. "He's keen to expand more into the Flat and has assembled a very nice broodmare band."
The filly will join her brother Cole Porter, who is raced by Coolmore in partnership with Triermore.
One lot who carried a weight of expectation on his young shoulders was the brother to former sale-toppers Was and Al Naamah - who set the world record price for a yearling filly when fetching 5,000,000gns during Book 1 in 2013. Coolmore did not have to part with quite as high a sum, going to 1,250,000gns for the son of Galileo.
Offered by his breeder Lodge Park Stud, the January-born colt is the eighth foal out of Alluring Park, a Green Desert half-sister to Derby winner New Approach out of champion filly Park Express.
"He's probably closer to Was [in looks] than any of the others," said Damian Burns of Lodge Park Stud. "He's always had strength but with the quality of Was.
"We have a sister at home who is unlikely to be seen here next year."
The seven-figure lot will join this year's star filly Legatissimo in carrying the Coolmore colours, who it was yesterday confirmed would stay in training at four when the operation parted with 725,000gns for a half-sister to the Classic winner by Redoute's Choice from Newsells Park Stud.
"We were incredibly lucky to buy Legatissimo, she's been wonderful this year - this is a lovely filly too," said MV Magnier.
Patience pays off
Good things come to those who wait, so the saying goes, and the China Horse Club had to wait both 70 lots and several bids to secure their first yearling of the day, a daughter of Dubawi bought for 900,000gns.
The filly, a half-sister to Listed winners Dunelight and Sperry, also caught the eye of Blandford Bloodstock's Richard Brown and Cheveley Park Stud's Chris Richardson, but agent Mick Wallace prevailed on behalf of the fledgling operation.
China Horse Club founder Teo Ah Khing said: "We like Dubawi and it looks to us a nice cross. We're putting our priorities into fillies - like the Frankel filly we bought last week [out of Alexander Goldrun]. This filly will stay in Europe, but we won't decide exactly where any of the yearlings are going until after the sales.
"We missed out on a couple this morning - it's tough if you want to join the big boys - and the team had to be very disciplined."
The filly was offered by Corduff Stud, which bought her dam Badee'a for just 20,000gns in 2001.
Four lots later, China Horse Club teamed up with South African operation Mayfair Speculators to secure a son of Shamardal out of Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial winner Ballybacka Lady for 525,000gns. The Oaks Farm Stables-consigned colt was pinhooked by Crone Stud Farms for 105,000gns at Tattersalls in December.
The first yearlings by world champion Frankel continue to garner plenty of attention, but only two of the five on offer changed hands during yesterday's trade.
The most expensive of the pair, a colt out of multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, was widely expected to prove popular. Despite the price moving slowly at times, the hammer fell at 750,000gns on a bid from Arc-winning trainer John Gosden, signing on behalf of Al Shaqab.
"Obviously it's a family I know well," said Gosden, who trained Dar Re Mi. "This is a fine, big, good-looking colt, similar to the Oasis Dream colt out of Dar Re Mi trained by Andre Fabre.
"It is plenty of money for a colt by an unproven sire - but the money a few lots earlier for the Nathaniel [bought by Coolmore for 675,000gns] was the same situation.
"It's great - both horses ran together and now their yearlings are coming through the ring together."
The first Frankel on offer, a colt out of You'll Be Mine, sold to Dermot Farrington for 150,000gns, but a filly out of Cassydora, a colt out of Chrysanthemum and a son of Dorcas Lane failed to reach their reserves, while two other lots were withdrawn.
Dubawi in demand
Blandford Bloodstock's Tom Goff dipped into the Highclere draft early in the day when going to 750,000gns for a son of Dubawi out of Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Alsindi. The colt, bred by Rabbah Bloodstock and the first foal out of his dam, hails from the further family of smart juvenile River Falls and Dick Turpin.
"He's for a long-standing client - no trainer has been decided yet but he'll stay in Britain," said Goff. "He's a well-made, very attractive son of Dubawi with a lovely back pedigree."
Also fetching 750,000gns was a son of Oasis Dream out of Caphene knocked down to Roger Varian, who was recently appointed trainer to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum.