Dubawi Colts Lead Tattersalls October Sale

A Dubawi sold for 3.6 million guineas, the world's highest price for a yearling this year, on the opening day of the 2019 Tattersalls October yearling Sale.

Sheikh Mohammed.
Sheikh Mohammed. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

He was among three colts by Dubawi to top the million guineas mark led by the half-brother to the G1 St James's Palace Stakes winner Barney Boy.

The son of the Galileo mare Alina was knocked down to Anthony Stroud on behalf of Godolphin with Sheikh Mohammed in attendance.

The colt was consigned by Adrian and Philippa O'Brien's Hazelwood Bloodstock.

"Sheikh Mohammed picked him out and was his favourite today. He cost more than we thought, but you need to go so far to get these sort of horses," Stroud said.

"Of course we stand the sire Dubawi and the colt is out of a Galileo mare.

"The sireline is becoming very important and, of course, it traces back to Dubai Millennium who was so important to Sheikh Mohammed.

The colt was bred by Sun Bloodstock who purchased his dam Alina via David O'Callaghan at the 2015 Tattersalls December Mare Sale for 65,000 guineas carrying Barney Boy.

A hot catalogue pick was the Dubawi colt out of the four-time G1 winning Dansili mare The Fugue offered by Lord & Lady Lloyd-Webber's Watership Down Stud.

David Redvers won a head-to-head bidding battle with Badgers Bloodstock's Grant Pritchard-Gordon to get the colt for 1 million guineas for Sheikh Fahad.

"Dubawi is an amazing sire and it is difficult to buy them - to have one out of such a mare as this is very exciting indeed," Redvers said.

"He will go into training with John Gosden early next year."

Also selling for 1 million guineas was the Dubawi colt out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Without You Babe.

Consigned by Newsells Park Stud, the colt is a half-brother to the G1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Tamarkuz and G1 St James' Palace Stakes winner Without Parole and  was knocked down to trainer Kevin Ryan on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid.

October Book 1 2019

Day 1 Sale Statistics

Lots Catalogued 184 173 +6%
Lots Withdrawn 20 16 +25%
Lots Offered 164 157 +4%
Lots Unsold 28 24 +17%
Lots Sold 136 133 +2%
Total Value (gns) 35,408,000 35,505,000 0%
Median Value (gns) 180,000 170,000 +6%
Average Value (gns) 260,353 266,955 -2%
% Offered Lots Sold 83% 85% -2%



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