The racing world converges on Book 1 for the biggest show in bloodstock
Big players from around the globe in town looking for champions
The world has converged on Newmarket for one of the biggest spectacles in bloodstock – Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale – which starts its three-day run at 11am on Tuesday.
Breeders usually reserve their best-bred and most striking produce for the auction but, even so, Tattersalls marketing director Jimmy George said in hushed tones on Monday that this year's renewal was “a little bit out of the ordinary”.
That is because there is a bumper intake of well-bred yearlings, with 21 offerings by Galileo and the same number by Dubawi in the catalogue (before withdrawals) providing a yardstick to the quality on offer.
Moreover, there were 47 brothers or sisters to Group 1 and Classic winners accepted for the sale, and an unusually high number of significant pedigree updates, with the likes of Fairyland, Kew Gardens, Skitter Scatter, Ten Sovereigns, The Tin Man and Too Darn Hot winning major races since the catalogue was published to give their siblings a timely boost.
“Book 1 has seen spectacular trade for two or three years now but this looks just a little bit special,” said George. “I've never known such a high number of important catalogue updates.
“Book 1 continues to produce champions at two, three and older, and we have buyers from all over the world here. So the ingredients are in place for an exciting few days.”
Alongside the customary large entourages from regular high-rolling purchasers Godolphin, Shadwell and Coolmore, also combing Park Paddocks for talent on Monday were Peter Brant and Chad Brown, the leading US trainer who managed to find last month's Belmont Park Grade 2 winner Newspaperofrecord here for 200,000gns on behalf of owners Klaravich Stables.
Other welcome visitors from America are Robert 'Shel' Evans, owner of multiple Grade 1 winner Tonalist and making his first visit to Tattersalls, and agents Justin Casse, Shawn Dugan and Mike Ryan.
From Australia have ventured John Camilleri, the breeder of Winx, and Guy Mulcaster, the purchaser of the wondermare, as well as David O'Callaghan, agent for the rising force that is Sun Bloodstock.
South Africa's Form Bloodstock has been scouring the grounds, as has the Hong Kong Jockey Club, along with leading Japanese owner Hajime Satomi, whose high-achieving horses carry the 'Satono' prefix, and representatives of Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm.
Phoenix Thoroughbreds, who took the recent Goffs Orby Yearling Sale by storm when seeing off Coolmore for the Galileo fillies who topped trade at €3.2 million and €2m, are also present and can be expected to play a significant role again.
“We just have to hope now that they like what they see,” George summed up.
Where: Park Paddocks, Newmarket
When: Tuesday to Thursday, October 9-11. Sessions start 11am
2017 results: From 442 offered, 349 sold (79 per cent) for turnover of 102,290,000gns (+16 per cent), an average of 293,095gns (+29 per cent) and median of 165,000gns (+27 per cent)
Notable graduates: Fairyland (bought by MV Magnier/Mayfair/Peter and Ross Doyle for 925,000gns, sold by Tally-Ho Stud); Latrobe (Joseph O'Brien, 65,000gns, Lynn Lodge Stud); The Tin Man (Anthony Stroud Bloodstock, 80,000gns, Newsells Park Stud); Highland Reel (John Warren Bloodstock, 460,000gns, Camas Park Stud)
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