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Donativum wins the Timeform Million

Donativum (the grey) wins last year's Tattersalls Timeform Million - his trainer John Gosden has entered 12 horses into the 2009 renewal  PICTURE: MARK CRANHAM  

Tatts October top lots head Million entries

BOTH Montjeu colts who jointly topped Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October yearling sale feature among 201 entries for the  second running of the Tattersalls Timeform Million, which will be staged during Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting on October 3 this year.

One of the top lots, a half-brother to Purple Moon who was purchased by Demi O'Byrne for 650,000gns, is one of 13 entries trained by Aidan O'Brien.

The other, a son of Group 1-placed mare Danaskaya who was purchased by Peter Doyle Bloodstock on behalf of Benny Andersson of Abba fame, is now in training with John Dunlop.

In total, nine of the ten most expensive colts sold at the Tattersalls October yearling sale have been entered in the Million race.

John Gosden, who trained last year's Timeform Million winner, the subsequent Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Donativum, has fielded 12 entries. Sheikh Mohammed, whose wife Princess Haya of Jordan owned Donativum, has 25 horses entered, 13 of them registered as Godolphin.

Nine entries are from France, with five of those trained by Andre Fabre. They include a Selkirk half-brother to Alborada and Albanova, and a Tiger Hill half-brother to River Dancer and Dar Re Mi who was sold to John Ferguson for 500,000gns.

The Timeform Fillies' 800, staged on the same day as the Million, has attracted 97 entries, including all of the ten most expensive fillies from Book 1 of the October yearling sale.

In total, 49 per cent of the lots catalogued at the Tattersalls October yearling sale have been entered for the two races, an increase from 43 per cent last year.

Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said: "We could not be more pleased with the entries for the 2009 Tattersalls Timeform Millions. The races have not only attracted a higher percentage of entries than last year, which is remarkable in the current climate, but also horses from all sectors of the market."

 

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