The opening day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, held at Park Paddocks on Monday, saw remarkably strong trade with 20 lots selling for 200,000 guineas or more on a day that saw a record turnover, average and median for a session at this sale. The average rose 27 per cent and the median 35 per cent to 89,318 guineas and 70,000 guineas respectively whilst the turnover was up 24 per cent to 18,935,500 guineas.
The most expensive lot to sell on Monday was a colt by Darley's former shuttler Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) who was bought by Dwayne Woods standing alongside his brothers, trainer Sean and Brook Stud's Wendyll, for 375,000 guineas. The successful team saw off the persistent efforts of Ross Doyle and Richard Hannon, standing with Amo Racing's Kia Joorabchian.
The colt was sold by Rathbarry Stud as Lot 604 and is out of the unplaced Where Or When (Danehill Dancer) mare Harlequin Girl who is herself a half-sister to the stakes winning pair Blaine (Avonbridge) and Bogart (Bahamian Bounty). The colt's sister provided a timely update when breaking her maiden at Nottingham last week.
"He is a stunning colt, for me the best colt in the sale," said Woods, adding: "He is very strong, and probably the cleanest Night Of Thunder I have ever seen – conformationally, strength, he has it all for me. Rathbarry is a wonderful producer of horses and he goes to Sean."
Sean Woods said of the immediate plans for the colt: "He'll have a bit of time out, and he'll come to us in January at Shalfleet. He is for a client."
Rathbarry Stud's Franny Woods, who bought the colt privately as a foal from Genesis Green Stud, commented:
"He is a lovely colt, and a horse with a great mind. He is lovely to do anything with, just a pleasure. The full-sister won for Ed Dunlop, which just brought everything together – it has proved that the mare can get a winner by the full-sister, it gave some people some confidence. He looks fast, he vetted very well and everything went according to plan."
The second most expensive lot to sell on Monday and the highest priced filly was a daughter of Galileo (Sadler's Wells) who was bought by BBA Ireland and Yulong Investments for 320,000 guineas.
Sold by Manister house Stud as Lot 768, the filly is out of Group Three winning mare Mrs Danvers (Hellvelyn).
"She is an exemplary filly for her age [May foal]," said consignor Luke Barry of Manister House Stud. "She is a good mix of her dam and her sire. She has great quality, looks sharp and Mrs Danvers has put a lot of strength into her. We brought her here to stand out. There was plenty of interest in her and lots of people followed her in."
Kingman Colt to Hong Kong for 300,000 guineas
The Hong Kong Jockey Club's Mick Kinane secured a son of Juddmonte Farm's Kingman (Invincible Spirit), consigned by Ballyhimikin Stud, for 300,000 guineas. Bred by Trevor Stewart, James Hanley and Anthony Stroud, the colt is the first foal out of the Group Three winning mare Hunaina (Tamayuz) from a deep Aga Khan family.
"He's by a great stallion and he's a lovely correct model for what I want," commented Kinane. "That's the first one I've tried on today, but good horses are hard to buy! I bought five last week."
Trevor Stewart was understandably pleased with the result.
"We bought the mare as a three-year-old in training and sent her to trainer Henri Devin, and she won a Listed race and a Group Three," recalled joint-breeder Stewart.
"We are very happy with the result. He was a really nice first foal, good walking and a good strong individual. It is a nice start for the mare, who is at Ballyhimikin and had a colt by Sea The Stars this spring."