Maktoum support fails
to halt fall in average
A son of Marju, lot 1041, topped proceedings on day two of Book2PICTURE: Tattersalls
THERE was a sense of deja vu at Tattersalls on Tuesday through yesterday's second session of Tattersalls' Book 2 October Yearling Sale in Newmarket with John Ferguson and Angus Gold, respectively representing Sheikhs Mohammed and Hamdan Al Maktoum, again dominating proceedings. Ferguson signed for 19 lots and Gold 18.
The average was again 31 per cent down on its 2007 equivalent but the clearance rate of 70 per cent was a slight improvement on day one.
Gold fights off Hong Kong buyers
It was Gold who led the way when paying 170,000gns for a Marju colt from the family of Irish Derby winner Grey Swallow who doubled his foal price when selling from Willie Browne's Co Tipperary-based Meadowlands Stud.
Marju has excelled in Hong Kong, thanks to the likes of Viva Pataca and Indigenous and Larry Stratton and Nick Littmoden, who have been shopping for the Hong Kong Jockey Club this autumn, were underbidders.
Ferguson's acquisitions were led by a 160,000gns Refuse To Bend half-brother to this season's Coventry Stakes winner Art Connoisseur bred by Denis McDonnell and consigned from his Co Cork-based Parkway Farm. Trainer Terry Mills was underbidder.
Also joining Sheikh Mohammed's 2009 team of juveniles was a 115,000gns Cape Cross colt out of Haydock Listed winner Autumn Wealth sold by Dominic Burke's Whitley Stud and a 110,000gns son of Refuse To Bend who showed a 35,000gns advance on his foal cost when sold from Caroline Green's Templeton Stud.
Earlier Ferguson had paid 100,000gns for an Exceed And Excel colt a speedy family sold from Richard and Tessa Watson's Manor Farm Stud.
O Byrne buys Compton Place colt
Demi O'Byrne, shopping for Michael Tabor, was also in action, picking up an easy-moving Compton Place colt consigned from Flash Conroy'sGlenvale Stud that always looked destined to make more than the 46,000 euros he had cost as a foal.
The likes of Ross Doyle, Eamonn Reilly and trainer Mark Tompkins all helped propel his price into six figures although the final exchanges werefought out by agent Stephen Hillen and O'Byrne, who had the final say at 160,000gns.
"He was a very good-looking horse and you would think he should be a sprinter. He's been bought for Michael Tabor but I'm not sure where he will be trained," said O'Byrne, who was accompanied by Simon and Neville Callaghan while bidding.
US filly bought by Warren
A US-bred El Corredor filly, whose juvenile half-sister Renda is a stakes winner in America this year, caught the eye of several buyers. John Warren, acting for St Albans Bloodstock, eventually bought her for 130,000gns with Jim Ryan coming off second best.
"I'd say she was not just the nicest physical specimen I'd seen today but the best I'd found all week," said Warren. "She was a beautiful filly and just a bit different from everything else. I bought Dalvina for the same owner but I am not sure where this filly will be trained."
Gordon-Watson buys two six-figure lots
Charlie Gordon-Watson collected a pair of 100,000gns lots. First up was a Kyllachy colt who had been bought ‘in utero' by Seamus Burns' Lodge Park Stud for 80,000gns at the 2006 December Sale.
Andrew Sime offered 82,000gns for the half-brother to black-type performers Rising Talent and Laurentina, but Gordon-Watson immediately came back with a six-figure offer to secure the colt.
"He's for Saeed Suhail, who has had two good Kyllachy colts in Awinnersgame and Arabian Gleam and is going to Sir Michael Stoute," said Gordon-Watson, who later spent 100,000gns on an Oratorio colt on behalf of a new owner with Roger Charlton.
Book 2 concludes today with a session starting at 10am, with Book 3 taking place tomorrow and Friday.