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Yearlings @ Goffs

Eighty-two juvenile winners have already come from last season's major British and Irish yearling sales

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

 

Why buy yearlings in Britain and Ireland?


WHETHER Classic heroes or maiden winners, the chances are that the majority of successful horses will have changed hands as yearlings at public auction - and many of them at an English or Irish bloodstock sale.

No fewer than four of the past five Derby winners were sold as yearlings, ranging from the 400,000gns purchase Authorized to bargain buy Sir Percy, who cost just 16,000gns. In fact, of the past 20 Classic winners, 11 - including George Washington andSpeciosa - were purchased as yearlings at public auction in Britain or Ireland.

Already this season, the big four sales companies - Tattersalls, their sister company Tattersalls Ireland, Goffs and DBS - have been responsible for 82 individual two-year-old winners between them worldwide. They include the Group 3 winner Lillie Langtry, who cost 230,000gns, and the unbeaten Listed-winning pair Don't Tell Mary and Monsieur Chevalier, proving that yearling sales provide glamour and value in equal measures.

Peter Doyle purchased multiple winner Monsieur Chevalier at last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for just 17,000gns - a figure which would have looked considerably cheaper following his maiden win at Folkestone in April if the £10,000 Racing Post Yearling Bonus had been in effect. 

A £10,000 Yearling Bonus would have also made a significant contribution to the likes of £13,000 purchase Hearts Of Fire and €17,000 purchase Star Rover, both of whom won on the first day of thisyear's Flat season. It would have also more than paid for Diamond Laura, a £4,000 buy who won a Wolverhampton maiden in May.

Later this year, 11 individual sales catering solely for yearlings and run by six sales companies will be staged from August to December in Britain and Ireland. One day, several of those yearlings will be Group 1 winners; many more, however, will have earned their owners an additional £10,000.

The tables below details some of the figures from last year's renewals of the major yearling sales in Britain and Ireland - and as can be seen, judging by the average yearling prices at many of these sales, and extra £10,000 could significantly help with  purchase costs.

Statistics from major yearling sales in BRITAIN (£): 2008
SALE CAT OFFERED SOLD AV MED TOP PRICE
TATTERSALLS OCTOBER BOOK 1 611 532 410 121,515 85,000 650,000
TATTERSALLS OCTOBER BOOK 2/3 1,332 1,133 780 28,831 18,000 420,000
TATTERSALLS OCTOBER BOOK 4
158 110 50 2,606 1,450 14,000
TATTERSALLS DECEMBER 237 187 103 19,388 8,500 170,000
DBS ST LEGER 500 474 401 33,649 26,000 220,000

DBS ST LEGER
FESTIVAL

161 143 104 11,697 8,500 50,000
DBS OCTOBER 284 257 151 4,181 2,600 25,000

 

STATISTICS FROM MAJOR YEARLING SALES IN IRELAND (€): 2008
SALE CAT OFFERED SOLD AV MED TOP PRICE
GOFFS MILLION 655 592 444 72,867 42,500 1,000,000
GOFFS SPORTSMAN 297 272 198 12,007 7,500 90,000

OCTOBER

505 466 300 14,748 105,000 80,000
 

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