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Lot 545: the Oasis Dream colt from the family of Kutub made 700,000gns

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Oasis Dream colt stars as Book 1 turnover grows

Year Offered Sold % Sold Turnover Average Median
2009 202 152 75 17,653,000 116,138 76,500
2008 181 129 71 16,775,000 130,039 90,000
Year Offered Sold % Sold Turnover Average Median
2009 609 472 78 53,764,000 113,907 80,000
2008 532 410 77 49,821,000 121,515 85,000

TATTERSALLS' elite Book 1 October Yearling Sale finished in Newmarket last night with figures that provided the Anglo-Irish bloodstock industry with a degree of reassurance after some figures that most felt were an acceptable decrease.

The sale’s 113,907gns average dropped by six per cent, the 80,000gns median fell by six per cent and the 53,764,000gns turnover - for an increased catalogue - was up by eight per cent.

That came for a colt by Oasis Dream, a stallion that has enjoyed a purple patch in recent weeks. The only Book 1 offering from John Deer's Oakgrove Stud in Wales, the colt had been bought in utero via agent Amanda Skiffington for 320,000gns at the 2007 December Sale.

Marcus Tregoning, standing with Askar Tau's Kazakhstani owner Nurlan Bizakov, had more than 400,000gns to spend but the final exchanges were fought out by Sir Robert Ogden and John Magnier, who eventually won the battle.

"I'd imagine he'll be going to Ballydoyle and race for the usual partnership. Paul Shanahan and Demi O'Byrne liked the horse and that was it really," said Magnier.

The Coolmore boss had earlier seen off first Anthony Stroud and then agent Eamonn Reilly, standing with Jim Bolger, for a 600,000gns Galileo colt sold from Michael O'Flynn's Co Cork-based Rockfield Farm.

The youngster's dam, 1998 Irish Oaks and 1,000 Guineas runner-up Kitza, had been one of the foundation mares bought for O'Flynn - owner of jumpers such as Velnamar and China Rock - by the late Brian Grassick for 550,000gns at the 2006 December Sale.

"He was the most intelligent horse I've worked with and the more we did with him, the more he enjoyed it," said Rockfield Farm's manager David Burns, who had previously managed Gerrardstown House Stud for Joe Higgins after a spell at Shadwell in America.

"Michael bought the family farm at Kilcreafrom his parents and decided to up the ante and get some nice bloodstock. We are trying to be commercial and this is only our second crop and the first that we've bred - the previous foals were being carried by the mares we bought. We've got about 10 mares and we may look to expand that number."

It was a golden afternoon for Galileo and among his other offerings was a colt out of a daughter of the Yorkshire Oaks winner Bint Pasha, who continued a busy three days' shopping for owner Sir Robert Ogden.

The Eamonn Reilly/Jim Bolger team and underbidder Paul Cole were among the disappointed bidders for the Tullamaine Castle Stud offering, who left the Tattersalls ring with a 550,000gns price tag.

"There are only a handful of these types of horses this week and he fell into that category of above-average individuals," said agent John Warren, who has been advising Ogden.

"We are looking to build up a portfolio ofaround eight lovely horses for Sir Robert and also got two at Deauville in August. We bought some earlier sorts of horses yesterday but this is more of a three-year-old type, he was a big horse which could come from his dam's sire Zafonic. When you see these Galileos in the ring they are just a different breed."

Assessing the week's trade, Warren added: "It has been the same old theme here, the market for nice horses has held up really well and will always come out of the woodwork for them. The market is selective but that is exactly as it should be.

"These are the best yearlings that will come up for sale in Europe and if they are not here they will be nowhere else - these will just have the home-breds to compete against.

"It's very hard to breed a top individual that has the right pedigree who ticks all the boxes on looks. The pyramid is very narrow at the top and in a way it's like the Olympics, there are not many Usain Bolts around."

Ogden's other acquisitions included a Glenvale Stud-consigned 370,000gns Danehill Dancer colt out of the Listed winner Miss Honorine, for whom the owner saw off Magnier.

"We are going to see what we finish up with at the end of the sale and then Sir Robert will make a decision on trainers," said his racing manager Barry Simpson.

Sheikh Mohammed was at the sale again and his new recruits included a 500,000gns Medicean half-sister to English and Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Finsceal Beo for whom Peter Doyle - standing with owner Chris Wood - was underbidder.

Another youngster with a classic pedigree joining the Darley teamwas a 425,000gns Elusive Quality half-brother to 2006 French 2,000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules who was in the first draft from Prince Faisal Salman's Denford Stud.

Reflecting on the sale, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony commented: "The global economy remains fragile and we cannot pretend that the bloodstock market is immune from the impact of economic realities, but the vendors have brought some outstanding individuals to Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale and we are delighted that their faith in the sale has been rewarded.

"From the moment that this year's Book 1 catalogue was published we were told that it was probably the strongest we had compiled since moving to this format in 2004 and the resultshave confirmed that assessment.

"To achieve a set of figures that compare favourably not only with last year's but also with those from 2007 demonstrates the enduring demand for quality horses as well as the reputation of October1 as Europe's premier yearling sale.

"The top end of the market has been as competitive as ever with more six-figure transactions than at last year's Book 1 and eight yearlings selling for 500,000 guineas or more.

"The traditional big battalions deserve a special mention for their sustained support of the sale and it has been particularly encouraging to have seen them joined by a number of new participants from throughout the world.

"It has also been pleasing to see so many trainers active over the past three days and to have received such positive feedback regarding the new Tattersalls Millions. Expanding the series to eight races worth £1,750,000 between them, as well as reducing the race entry costs, has clearly caught the imagination of the owners and trainers and they can now look forward to some competitive and rewarding contests for their Book 1 purchases next year.

"We have two more yearling catalogues to come with Book 2 beginning on Monday and we will be able to assess the market more fully at the end of next week, but in the meantime the industry can take heart from the returns this week."

Book 2 begins at 10amon Monday.




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