Day one of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has started with a bang – with early lots hitting some big prices.
The first through the ring was a colt by Dansili out of a Rip Van Winkle mare consigned as part of the Castlebridge Consignment. The bay quickly went for 340,000gns to Godolphin, who would have their eye on several more lots throughout the day.
The early big hitter proved to be Roger Varian, on behalf of Sheikh Obaid, with Lot 13 providing the early fireworks. Just a dozen lots into the Book 1 and last year’s highest sale price was matched with the imppecably bred consignment from Meon Valley Stud fetching 2,600,000gns. Out of multiple Group One winning mare Izzi Top – and hailing from the family of Pivotal and Zee Zee Top – this entry was always set to fetch a high price. When bidding hit 2,200,000gns it seemed as though Godolphin had secured the son of Dubawi but Varian held out the winner of this heavyweight battle.
2,600,000gns purchase boasts an exceptional pedigree.
“He has been bought for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, owner of Dubawi and a keen supporter of the sire’s stock,” said Varian at Tattersalls. “There are some very nice Dubawis here and this horse is very nice, a strong horse and a stand-out so early in the sale. He looks as though he will carry a bit of speed.”
Godolphin responded by purchasing Lot 14 for 400,000gns and once again buying into the Galileo bloodline. This colt by Galileo is out multiple Group One placed mare Jacqueline Quest.
Frankel featured early in the sale too, with lot 35 selling for 550,000gns to Leicester City’s owner, who was keen to own a Frankel. This lot is by Lady Linda, dam of seven individual winners as well as 7 races herself.