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Motivator Derby    A son of Motivator was once again in demand at the Tattersalls October Sale, this time selling to John Warren for 150,000gns  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Juddmonte team land Tattersalls touch

Day 3 Book 2 Tattersalls October Sale figures

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  273  237  197  83  6,477,500  32,881  25,000
 2008  282  238  171  72  7,414,500  43,360  28,000

Overall Book 2 comparative figures

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  820  733  606  83  20,565,500  33,936  25,000
 2008  847  719  509  71  19,672,500  38,650  29,000

Overall Books 1-2 comparative figures

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average
 2009  1,496  1,342  1,080  80  74,300,500  68,797
 2008  1,458  1,251  919  73  69,493,700  75,618

A MEDICEAN colt belonging to 145 staff at Prince Khalid Abdullah's British and Irish Juddmonte Farms landed one of the autumn's best pinhooking touches at Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale yesterday.

The half-brother to this season's Listed-placed juvenile Navajo Chief had been bought for 16,000gns for the syndicate by agent Will Edmeades last year but resold for 220,000gns to Hamdan Al Maktoum yesterday.

"We started the syndicate in 1998 when we bought a King's Theatre colt for 15,000gns and resold him for 200,000gns and thought this was easy," said Juddmonte's general manager Philip Mitchell.

"But we have since realised we got lucky then and it's great when it works out for all the staff. Anybody who works on any of the farms can take part."

Edmeades added: "Some years you win and some you lose but this was always a lovely, lovely horse and we're lucky now to have had two exceptional ones. He was actually the first foal we bid on last year, which is unusual because normally it takes two or three days of trying before we get one."


The colt, out of a half-sister to Sheikh Hamdan's National Stakes winner Mus-If, realised his bumper price after the owner's racing manager Angus Gold prevailed in a long duel with trainer Amanda Perrett.

"We've had a bit of luck with the family. We bought Mus-If cheaply as a yearling in Deauville and he won a Group 1 and his half-brother Jammaal was a tough old horse for us," said Gold.

"As I've said before we've got some nice Medicean two-year-olds coming through and we had nice winner by him in Meezaan at Lingfield this afternoon."

Marcus Tregoning gained a couple of choice new recruits to his Lambourn stable led by a Manister House Stud-sold 125,000gns High Chaparral colt, who was a sibling to both a classic-placed filly in My Branch and a Triumph Hurdle winner in Celestial Halo.

"He's been bought for the owner of Askar Tau (Kazakhstan-based Nurlan Bizakov), who loves the racing in this country because it's the best in the world," said Tregoning after outbidding John O'Byrne, standing with Charles O'Brien. "I'm very pleased to get this colt and the stallion's doing very well. He should be a three-year-old type."

Tregoning had earlier bought a 110,000gns relative of Montjeu by Encosta De Lago, the Australian champion sire who spent one season at Coolmore in Ireland in 2007, consigned from Highclere Stud.

Marcus Tregoning: reports Askar Tau to be going 'very well'

Marcus Tregoning: bought
two six-figure lots

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

"It's been a real job to buy good looking colts but this was a very nice horse from a top stud that had presented him very well," said Tregoning. "I haven't seen too many by the sire but, having seen a picture of him, this colt looked very similar to his father conformation wise. He's been bought for an existing client.

"We're looking for a few more yearlings than we got last year but just have to find them. I normally buy around a dozenon top of the ones we get sent and prefer buying yearlings to breeze-up horses and this year we may have a look at the Horses In Training Sale as it seems a big catalogue with a lot in there."

John Warren completed Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's purchasing for the week when spending 150,000gns on a second-crop Motivator colt bred by Alexandra Chandris and sold from the Sussex Stud.

"We've bought 14 this year, which is about the same as last year, and it's possible we could get also buy in December and the breeze-ups and end up with 17 or eight two-year-olds next season," said Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's managing director Harry Herbert.

"Our yearling parades start on Sunday and we will now put together our syndicates and try to place this fellow. He was one of John's star lots of the catalogue and was very like his father."

The day started on a positive note when the very first lot offered, a Halling filly from College Chapel's family consigned from Genesis Green Stud, was bought for 100,000gns by trainer Clive Cox.

"I've never seen quite such a buzz for the first lot in but she's a lovely filly and been bought for Alan Spence," said Cox. "We've had our best ever season and this has been a good year to do that as we've been able to maintain demand for new horses. It's nice to restock with quality horses like this."

At the conclusion of Book 2 last night, the 20,565,500gns turnover was up 5 per cent on 2008, the 25,000gns median fell by 14 per cent and the 33,936gns average by 12 per cent. The 83 per cent clearance rate compared with 71 per cent 12 months ago.

Chairman's statement

Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony commented: "We were delighted with the trade at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale last week and it has been equally pleasing to see it mirrored over the three days of Book 2. It seems extraordinary to be able to reflect on Books 1 and 2 of the October Yearling Sale in such positive terms, bearing in mind the continuing economic uncertainties, but the strength of both sales has been remarkable.

"The quality of the yearlings has been a key factor for which we must thank our vendors, and the major buyers who made last week such a success have again been active at the top of the Book 2 market. The sustained demand at all levels and a clearance rate in excess of 80 per cent have been further positive aspects to take out of the sale.

"British and Irish buyers have been out in force from start to finish and while the new Tattersalls Millions was the major attraction for Book 1, the Racing Post Yearling Bonus Scheme has been a great incentive for everyone this week.

"It is a well thought out initiative and its benefits will be felt even more strongly next year. In addition to the domestic demand, the support from throughout Europe and further afield has been crucial and has confirmed the enduring global appeal of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale even in these difficult times.

"Another feature of both Books 1 and 2 has been the success enjoyed by so many of the foal buyers. Profitable pinhooking is always an indication of a robust market and encouraging not only for Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale but also the forthcoming Tattersalls December Foal Sale."

What they said:

Clive Cox, trainer: "I think the doom and good merchants have talked things down too much because it has been very hard to buy nice horses, we've reallyhad to work away to try and get there in the end. It's been tough but I've been pleased with what we've got."

Peter Doyle, agent: "Goffs gave the first indication that things were going to be strong and it's just kept going all the way through. Despite the economic woes there have been a lot of people for the good horses and it has been great to see. We've managed to buy a few more horses than last year and are delighted with them."

Simon Marsh, Watership Down Stud: "There seems to have been a strong trade from top to bottom. If you've brought a horse here to sell then you have been able to sell them, maybe not for a profit on your stallion fees but you've been able to trade them. It's fair to say trade for the whole of the last three weeks has been better than we expected going into the sales. I still think stallion costs are too high and hopefully when the fees for next year are decided the studs will reflect that."

Marcus Tregoning, trainer: "It has been especially strong both at the top and in the middle market, which I think has surprised a few people. I actually think this wonderful weather helps people see horses and the quality has been very good this week, as it has at every sale I've been to this year."




King's Theatre £1,202,256
Presenting £1,094,609
Beneficial £996,146
Oscar £937,908
Westerner £879,568
Milan £879,477
Flemensfirth £807,655
Kayf Tara £689,506
Midnight Legend £601,167
Stowaway £507,648