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Tattersalls 05.10.10 - Lot 59 Galileo filly bought by John Magnier for 1.2m guineas

Tattersalls Book 2: Peter and Ross Doyle made two quickfire purchases on Wednesday worth 420,000gns

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Doyle team remain unstoppable at Book 2

AGENT Peter Doyle and his son Ross continued a prolific autumn of spending yesterday afternoon when they were responsible for the first two lots to hit the 200,000gns mark in the October Yearling Sale's second book at Tattersalls.

It was Ross who had to dig deepest, acting on behalf a new owner with Richard Hannon, as he outbid Anthony Stroud for a 220,000gns German-bred Shamardal colt out of a half-sister to Middleton Stakes winner Strawberry Dale.
The colt was one of the dearest pinhooks in the catalogue but still showed handsome profit having cost vendors Pier House Stud 75,000gns as a foal.

"We thought he was the best horse selling today and expected him to make around that. Shamardal speaks for himself and he's out of a mare by Montjeu, who is becoming a decent broodmare sire. This colt should make a two-year-old," said Doyle. "We've been lucky buying off Pier House Stud - they sold us Strong Suit."

Doyle'sfather Peter continued an excellent couple of days for Acclamtion when going to 200,000gns for a colt by the Rathbarry sire from Sir Percy's family offered by breeder Denis McDonnell from his County Cork-based Parkway Farm.

Doyle's purchase, for whom Bobby O'Ryan and Richard Fahey were underbidders, is another heading to the Hannon stable.

"The Acclamations have always been Richard (Hannon)'s type of horses from the early days when we had the likes of Cake andFull Mandate but now everyone else has caught on. They just have a lovely attitude and this was one of the nicest ones by him in the whole sale," said Doyle.


The day started on a high when the very first lot offered, a Red Clubs half-brother to Dandy Man offered by breeder Noel O'Callaghan from his Mountarmstrong Stud, ended a frustrating run for former jump jockey Mark Richards, shopping for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Richards, who has spent 12 years with the Hong Kong racing authority, took over from Mark Player nine months ago scouring the world's sale rings for yearlings to resell and fought off Mags O'Toole to get the Red Clubs colt for 150,000gns.

"We only got one last week and I've never been underbidder so many times at around 300,000gns," said Richards "I didn't expect to have to go that far for the first lot in the ring but he's got the right sort of page for Hong Kong, it's all about speed. I hope he's as fast as he looks he should be.

"He'll go to Nick Littmoden in Newmarket for 14 months before coming out to Hong Kong for the international sales. We will have two sales in 2012, one for predominantly northern hemisphere horses in December and the second catering for southern hemisphere-bred animals in March."

Although John Ferguson and Angus Gold were largely bystanders yesterday, one let set to race in Maktoum colours was a 125,000gns Elusive City colt bought by William Haggas.

"He's been bought for Sheikh Ahmed and we've been trying to buy all week. We've got a couple but it's a strong sale. This was a very nice horse who looks a two-year-old. I'm very happy to have got him," said Haggas.




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