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Tattersalls October Sales

Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale opens at 10am on Tuesday

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

Hopes high that buzz
will carry over to Book 2

HOPES were high at Park Paddocks on Monday that the buzz resulting from last week's 'amazing' Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale would carry over to the second instalment of the auction, which opens its three-day run today at 10am.

A drop in the foal crop is the primary factor behind a significant contraction in this year's Book 2 catalogue to 832 from 2010, when an entry of 1,031 lots caused the auction house to stage the sale over three and a half sessions. However, despite any fears of oversupply, the 2010 sale stood up well, returning a minimal decrease in average of four per cent to 32,470gns and unchanged median of 25,000gns.

And with the past two days seeing representatives of the Maktoum family led by Sheikh Mohammed's advisor John Ferguson, last week's leading buyer, and Coolmore team working the sale grounds as well as a host of trainers, many ofwhom were unable to strike a blow during Book 1, vendors were yesterday finding no reason not to be hopeful of another solid renewal.

"I thought there was a massive buzz during the first day of Book 1," said consignor Keith Harte, "and that perhaps because it was so good, some people, especially trainers, went home because they thought they couldn't compete. It was unbelievable that first day - there was hardly standing room in the gate.

"This has always been more of a trainer's sale so hopefully those people who missed out will come back."

One vendor who hit the heights during that first session was David Brown of Furnace Mill Stud, who sold an Oasis Dream colt out of Kassiopeia for 700,000gns to Demi O'Byrne. Brown returns this week with seven yearlings and is similarly optimistic of a good trade.

"I think everyone was shocked at the levels last week's sale reached," he said. "We're obviously down to a more realistic level this week but having seen how many of the sales have held up this year, you'd have to be hopeful if not optimistic.

"There are more trainers here - this has always been their week - and presumably there were a few at Book 1 who couldn't buy."

Among the agents out searching at Park Paddocks on Monday were Liam Norris and Lord Huntingdon of Norris/Huntingdon, the buyers of this year's Oaks heroine Dancing Rain.

"The standard of horses last week was excellent," said Norris. "This week's sale is obviously a step down and at the moment, we're having to search harder for the stand-outs but I expect it to be competitive for the good horses."

He added: "Last week's sale was so strong that we didn't get anything until the last day, when we bought a Teofilo filly. In light of the strength of the sale and subsequent events (the win ofTeofilo's son Parish Hall in the Dewhurst Stakes), I was delighted to come away with her."

 

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