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

John Magnier went to 900,000gns to secure the session-topping daughter of Coolmore stallion Galileo at Tattersalls on Wednesday

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Galileo dominates second day of Tatts October

COOLMORE and its flagship stallion Galileo provided the backbone to day two of Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale in Newmarket on Wednesday, most notably via a 900,000gns filly consigned through Timmy Hyde's Camas Park Stud.

But despite a strong day - where the 112,738gns average and 71,000gns median were almost on a par with 12 months ago - this year's Book 1 Sale, seen by many as the key barometer to the health of Europe's top-end bloodstock market,is on course to finish today some 10 per cent below 2009 levels.

At last year's three-day sale, John Ferguson had spent 8.16 million gns but by the end of yesterday Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor had outlaid only 2.31 million gns, with no purchase so far making more than 200,000gns.

In contrast, it was a busy day for John Magnier, who bid 900,000gns for the day's top lot - a three-parts sister to French Oaks runner-up and Irish Oaks third Gagnoa.

"She was just a good individual by a stallion we like and know well," said Magnier, who also paid 1.2 million gns for Tuesday's sale-topping Galileo filly. "The market value is showing their worth, sometimes you pay more than you think and sometimes less."

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