Phaenomena: 700,000gns sister to Classic winner Nightime is one of 263 entries to the 2012 - 2013 series of the Tattersalls MillionsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Tattersalls Millions series attracts 263 entries
A TOTAL of 263 two-year-olds have been enteredfor the 2012-2013 series of the £1,300,000 Tattersalls Millions. All the horses are graduates of Book 1 of the 2011 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale with purchase prices ranging from 20,000 guineas to 700,000 guineas.
Many leading British and Irish trainers have made entries including Aidan O'Brien, John Gosden, Luca Cumani, Saeed bin Suroor, Sir Michael Stoute, Sir Henry Cecil and Richard Hannon. Hannon, who trains 21 entrants, enjoyed Tattersalls Millions success in 2011 with Tell Dad and Coupe De Ville.
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney also stands a chance of hitting the jackpot with his first venture into racehorse ownership. His as yet unnamed Bahamian Bounty colt out of Amazon Beauty is one of two Tom Dascombe-trained entries.
Other notable entries include Phaenomena, a sister to Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Nightime trained by Sir Henry Cecil who was bought by the Niarchos family for 700,000gns, and Fantasy In Blue, a Galileohalf-sister to Pink Symphony who bought by Cheveley Park Stud for 410,000gns and is trained by Sir Michael Stoute.
Edmond Mahony, chairman of Tattersalls, said: "The number and quality of the entries again demonstrates the popularity of the Tattersalls Millions series and it is particularly pleasing to see seven of the eight 2011 Tattersalls Millions winning connections with entries in the 2012/2013 series.
"The importance of giving owners opportunities to win decent prize money cannot be overstated and we are already looking forward to another competitive Tattersalls Millions series."
Six races run on Newmarket's Rowley Mile racecourse comprise the £1,300,000 series, which starts in September 2012.
The 2012 - 2013 Tattersalls Millions race calendar is as follows:
TWO YEAR OLD RACES
£500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy - Saturday 6 October
£300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies' Trophy - Saturday 6 October
£100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy - Saturday 22 September
£100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Media Auction Stakes - Saturday 22 September
THREE YEAR OLD RACES
£200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3YO Trophy - Craven Meeting 2013
£100,000 Tattersalls Millions 3YO Sprint - Craven Meeting 2013