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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Six more millionaires as Coolmore and Godolphin fuel record-breaking trade

James Thomas reports from Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale

Lot 217: the Galileo colt out of Alluring Park in the ring as he fetches 1,300,000gns from MV Magnier
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The limelight may have been hogged by the session-topping brother to Too Darn Hot, bought by David Redvers for 3,500,000gns, but there were six other seven-figure lots during a strong second day at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale on Wednesday.

Coolmore continued to secure the lion's share of Galileo's progeny in the Book 1 catalogue, including the sister to Oaks heroine Was out of New Approach's half-sister Alluring Park at a cost of 1,300,000gns.

The sale represented a reversal of roles as MV Magnier outbid Phoenix Thoroughbreds, who had seen off the Coolmore man to land the €3.2 million and €2m Galileo fillies at Goffs last week.

Lodge Park Stud's Alluring Park has now produced five millionaire yearlings, headed by Was, who went on to land the Oaks having brought 1,200,000gns from Magnier in 2010. She also produced the Group 3-placed Al Naamah who set a European yearling record when fetching 5,000,000gns from Al Shaqab in 2013.


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The eight yearlings out of Alluring Park sold at Park Paddocks have fetched an aggregate of 10,760,000gns. Alluring Park is out of Park Express, who was acquired by Lodge Park's Seamus Burns for just 42,000gns through John Warren back in 1984.

"My brother Jamie had the privilege of prepping him at the farm," said the stud's Damian Burns. "We have two yards at home and it's all down to him and the team at home, many of whom don't get to come to the sales.

"We have a full-sister out of the mare - Park Bloom - who's won for us this year. Hopefully we'll be breeding from her down the line."

Park Express went on to win the Phoenix Champion Stakes, Nassau Stakes and Lancashire Oaks. She also proved an even more talented producer, having delivered Derby hero New Approach, champion racemare Dazzling Park and leading Japanese sprinter Shinko Forest.

Wednesday's seven-figure yearling is Alluring Park's sixth consecutive foal by Galileo. However, the stud have opted for a change of tack with her covering this year, sending the daughter of Green Desert to Dark Angel instead. 

"It is a slightly differing approach but if you strip the pedigree back Alluring Park is a daughter of Green Desert and is out of Park Express - a champion two-year-old - and by Ahonoora," said Burns.

Magnier also went to 1,200,000gns for the Galileo sister to recent St Leger winner Kew Gardens offered by Barronstown Stud, and to 900,000gns for the Galileo filly out Wildwood Flower, a half-sister to Florida Derby winner Materiality and another lot to be offered by Newsells Park Stud on behalf of Justify's breeders Tanya and John Gunther.

Wildwood Flower was retained by the Gunthers after failing to sell for just $20,000 as a foal. Unbeaten in three starts as a two-year-old, she was also Grade 2-placed at three.

Cheveley Park no wannabes

Another outfit to go into seven-figure territory for the progeny of Galileo was Cheveley Park Stud, who saw off spirited efforts from Kerri Radcliffe - stood with Sheila Rosenblum - and the Godolphin team when landing the filly out of Wannabe Better at 1,200,000gns.

"It's a really wonderful family and the sort of pedigree we're looking for at the top end," said Chris Richardson. "Galileo is a phenomenal sire and we don't get many opportunities to have a daughter of his so we're very excited."

Opportunities to secure Galileo fillies may be few and far between, but Cheveley Park have tended to make the most of them when they come along, having bought Prix Royal-Oak winner Allegretto for 415,000gns and Ribblesdale Stakes-placed Criteria for 535,0000gns.

The filly was bred and sold by Churchtown House Stud, and is the second foal out of Ballycorus Stakes winner Wannabe Better, a Duke Of Marmalade half-sister to Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Wannabe Grand.

Richardson was accompanied by Cheveley Park Stud owner Patricia Thompson, who added: "She's lovely and I thought I need to be a little bit daring for once in my life."

Another Galileo filly hit the seven-figure mark later in the session when Horse France's Robert Nataf went to 1,000,000gns for the daughter of Brooklyn's Storm offered by Clare Castle Stud.

"This filly will be trained in France in Chantilly," said Nataf. "She is for an existing client; the guy is an owner and a big breeder and the residual value of this filly is obvious. He wanted to buy into a family like that as she has a huge pedigree."

Brooklyn's Storm, a €70,000 buy by Horse France at Arqana in 2011, is the dam of this year's Prix de Royaumont winner Pollara and the Listed-winning Stormina - also the dam of Prix Saint-Alary and Prix Marcel Boussac winner Silasol.

Brooklyn's Storm is a half-sister to Arc heroine Solemia, while this is also the further family of Authorized, The Gurkha and Makfi.

Game on for Godolphin

Godolphin continued to restock for the 2019 season and beyond when Sheikh Mohammed's operation landed a brace of seven-figure yearlings.

The pricier of the pair was the Dubawi half-brother to 1,000 Guineas heroine Legatissimo, who brought a final bid of 1,200,000gns when offered by Newsells Park Stud. The Hertfordshire operation finished the session as leading vendor, with 8,945,000gns in aggregate sales for the first two days.

The colt is out of Yummy Mummy, and the transaction brought the total spent on her progeny at Book 1 since 2011 to 3,805,000gns. Newsells Park purchased the mare, a half-sister to Fame And Glory, for 460,000gns through John Warren at the 2009 Tattersalls December Sale.

Legatissimo is the best of five winners out of the dam, having also won the Matron Stakes and Nassau Stakes during her brilliant Classic season in 2015.

Godolphin's second seven-figure purchase came when they went to 1,000,000gns for the Sea The Stars colt out of Chicago Dancer offered by Longview Stud.

The colt was among the highlights of last year's Goffs November Foal Sale, when bought out of the Tinnakill House draft for €330,000 by Gerry Dilger of the Kentucky-based Dromoland Farm.

Reflecting on the bold pinhook strategy, Longview Stud manager Diego Romeo said: "It was a pricey pinhook but he's a gorgeous colt and we've loved him from the beginning.

"Everything has gone to plan with him and he is very straightforward. Sea The Stars is a fantastic sire - we're very happy."

Figures

The seven-figure frenzy resulted in record turnover and average figures for a day's trade at Book 1, with the 129 sold yearlings having brought an aggregate of 40,944,000gns - up a huge 21 per cent; an average of 317,395gns - up seven per cent; and a median of 190,000gns - up from 160,000gns 12 months earlier.

The clearance rate was an impressive 91 per cent - up from 80 per cent in 2017's comparative session.

Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale concludes on Thursday.

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