Tattersalls' Book 2
ends on a high
A PAIR of Danehill Dancer juveniles helped Book 2 of Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale finish on a bright note in Newmarket yesterday when finding new homes for prices of 420,000gns and 400,000gns, both records for the event.
The pair contributed to a turnover of just under 20 million gns for the three days - around 15 per cent short of last year's figure for a smaller catalogue - while the average was around 25 per cent down on last year's figure of 50,544gns.
One for Stoute
Sir Michael Stoute, hidden on a back staircase, worked hard to get the 420,000gnscolt - a son of the Leopardstown Listed winner Castle Quest. Both Angie Sykes and Anthony Stroud made early plays for the colt but Stoute's most durable opponent was Demi O'Byrne, taking instructions by telephone and standing in the sale ring entrance with Paul Shanahan and M V Magnier.
The colt was purchased for Philadelphia-based Betty Moran, owner of the 2000 Grand National winner Papillon and - more pertinently - Jeremy, who Stoute trained to win the 2006 Jersey Stakes and finish runner-upin the following year's Queen Anne Stakes.
"He's been bought for the owner of Jeremy, who we never really replaced and is obviously by the same sire as him. I thought he looked a fine athlete," said Stoute, whose purchase was made through agent Maxine Cowdrey.
The colt, who was prepared at Paul and Marie McCartan's Ballyphilip Stud, was bred by Dermot McAuliffe, a farmer from near Fermoy in Co Cork.
"I owned the dam when she was trained by Jim Bolger and unfortunately she has proved hard to get in foal - she was barren to Montjeu this year and doesn't have a foal but I've not thought about who she'll go to next," said McAuliffe.
"This colt was a fine athlete ever since he was a foal andfor the last few weeks I'd been hoping he might make six figures but his price was just unbelievable, especially in this economic climate. I've only got a few mares at home and Paul, who I've known since he was at Rathbarry Stud close to my farm, does a brilliant job preparing the yearlings."
O'Byrne doesn't miss out
O'Byrne - buying for the usual Coolmore partnership - had more success for the 400,000gns Danehill Dancer filly, a three-parts sister to this year's Lowther Stakes winner Infamous Angel bred by Geoff Howard-Spink and offered through the Castlebridge Consignment.
"To me she was as good a filly as I've seen at any sale this year," said O'Byrne, after outbidding Infamous Angel's trainer Richard Hannon and agent Peter Doyle. "Obviously her sister is very good and her sire is very reliable."
Hamdan Al Maktoum was at the saleagain and his principal purchase through racing manager Angus Gold was a 270,000gns brother to 2004 Dee Stakes winner African Dream. "We've bought 23, this week, which is about the same number as last year. We also got a similar amount in Book 1," said Gold.
"That was more about the pedigrees while this week we have concentrated on the individuals. We'll have a look at what we've got and then Sheikh Hamdan will decide who will train them all."
Charlie Gordon-Watson, acting for a client of trainer Paul Cole, was underbidder to for the 270,000gns Mark Of Esteem colt who had been wisely bought in for 25,000gns as a foal by his breeder Peter Tellwright.
Gordon-Watson not denied
But the Gordon-Watson/Cole team later reversed roles when outbidding Gold for a 135,000gns Bertolini half-brother to William Jarvis' Goodwood Group 3 winner Gravitation. The Yeomanstown Stud offering showed a 105,000gns advance on his foal price.
Trainer John Gosden paid 170,000gns for a Shamardal filly out of 1998 Mill Reef Stakes winner Golden Silca and he will also take charge of a 140,000gns daughter of Night Shift filly bought by Alastair Donald.
"She's for a new client and was the one I really fell in love with," said Donald. The filly had been bought by Larry Stratton for just 36,000gns as foal for Tom Whelan and Paul Kavanagh and was offered from Michael Dalton's Broguestown Stud.