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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 2 - Day Three - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

As Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale draws to a close, Nancy Sexton provides live updates of the action in the ring

  • Day 3 of Book 2 starts at 10am. Highlights on paper include:
    1102) ch f Dream Ahead - Sweet Nicole: half-sister to this season's Greenlands Stakes winner Mobsta
    1104) b c Teofilo - Swiss Roll: half-brother to high-class stayer Ahzeemah
    1140) ch f Camacho - True Crystal: half-brother to current high-class Australian performer Libran
    1148) b f Havana Gold - Up In Time: first foal of a Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap winner
    1165) b f Dawn Approach - Walk On Bye: out of an Anglesey Stakes winner who was third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. Granddam is the flying filly Pipalong
    1174) b c High Chaparral - Wiener Wald: the final foal out of Car Colston Hall's wonderful mare Wiener Wald, dam of Crowded House and On Reflection, granddam of Ticker Tape and Brando and third dam of War Decree and Reckless Abandon
    1185) b c Teofilo - Yellow Rosebud: first foal out of a dual Group 3 winner
    1196) b c Epaulette - Al Andalyya: recipient of a major update over the weekend when his half-brother Best Solution won the Autumn Stakes
    1250) b f Kodiac - Beatrix Potter: another with a dream update as the half-sister to Mill Reef Stakes winner Harry Angel
    1259) b c Invincible Spirit - Blaze Of Colour: half-brother to Listed winners Brusco and Ferdoos, dam of current Listed winner Nezwaah
    1267) b c Dubawi - Brazilian Samba: the sole Dubawi catalogued, he is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Endowing
    1270) b c Canford Cliffs - Bridal Dance: a €50,000 pinhook, he is the half-brother to Hawksmoor as well as this season's Group 2-placed juvenile Magical Fire
    1273) b c Camelot - Brigid: the half-brother to Group 1-winning juveniles Sequoyah, dam of Henrythenavigator, and Listen, dam of Touching Speech. Other celebrated members include Magician and We Are Ninety
    1306) b c Kyllachy - Cool Question: the brother to Krypton Factor
    Lot 1174: the High Chaparral half-brother to Crowded House
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  • Lot 1072: b c Kodiac - Spangle (Galileo)
    Trade picks up where it left off last night with two of the sale's most prominent forces, Kodiac and Shadwell, accounting for the first six-figure lot of the day.
    The colt in question was a 34,000gns pinhook by J C Bloodstock and sells today through his Kilminfoyle House Stud for 100,000gns. He is a half-brother to a winner and out of an unplaced mare from the further family of Predappio.
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  • Lot 1081: b c Equiano - Star Approval (Hawk Wing)
    Michael Fitzpatrick's incredible run continues. Lot 1081 becomes the fourth six-figure lot of the week to emerge out of Kilminfoyle House Stud and the third to fall to Shadwell when selling to Angus Gold for 180,000gns. Stephen Hillen was the underbidder.
    As with Fitzpatrick's earlier sales, this colt was a reasonably inexpensive pinhook having cost J C Bloodstock 30,000gns as a foal. He is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Kocna and out of an unraced half-sister to Group 1-winning two-year-old Mail The Desert.
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  • Lot 1088: b c Farhh - Stoneacre Sarah (Cadeaux Genereux)
    Shadwell continue to dominate this sale - their latest purchase is this colt off Flash Conroy.
    Bought by Flash's Glenvale Stud for 85,000gns last winter, he returns today to make 120,000gns. He is a half-brother to a winner and out of a winning half-sister to Group 3 winner Tropical Star.
    Despite having a relatively small crop, Farhh has featured prominently at the sales this season. This colt is his third six-figure yearling of the year and the second to fall to Shadwell following a colt out of Wadaa sold for 100,000gns last week.
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  • Lot 1097: b c Kodiac - Surrey Storm (Montjeu)
    Paul McCartan knows a good Kodiac when he sees one, having sold the likes of Tiggy Wiggy, Coulsty and Kodi Bear over the years, so when a pinhook by the stallion walks into the ring from his Ballyphilip Stud, interest usually intensifies.
    The Australian-based Sun Stud - good to see them still here - and Jeremy Brummitt were among those keen to secure McCartan's latest offering by the sire but neither had any answer to a bid of 200,000gns from John Ferguson.
    He becomes the eighth 100,000gns+ lot by his sire, who was standing for only €10,000 when this crop was conceived.
    "I bought this colt as a foal privately out of a field," said McCartan. "He was a terrific mover. 
    "I had Tiggy Wiggy, Coulsty and Kodi Bear. I still like to have Kodiacs in my consignment though it's getting harder now! Everyone has cottoned on! He's a very good stallion."
    This colt is the second foal out of the winning Surrey Storm, a half-sister to Listed winner Andry Brusselles and daughter of Masaka Stakes winner Don't Dili Dali.
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  • Lot 1108: b c Dark Angel - Tartiflette (Dr Fong)
    Shadwell land another one, going to 185,000gns for this colt from the fast family of Aeolus and Priceless. He represented a pinhooking score for Guy O'Callaghan of Grangemore Stud, who paid 60,000gns for him as a foal. O'Callaghan has already had great success selling Dark Angel  colts as the vendor of Birchwood and Silver Line and Shadwell will no doubt be hoping for more of the same.
    "He was obviously a 60,000gns foal by an old friend," said Guy O'Callaghan. "He had great limbs under him, walked very well and is just a class horse. I wish the buyers every luck with him."
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  • Lot 1117: br c Shanghai Bobby - Thousandfold (Giant's Causeway)
    It has been hard not to be taken by the popularity of Shanghai Bobby's first crop of yearlings in the US. The Coolmore stallion recently returned an average of $113,105 at the Keeneland September Sale, where his 38 representatives included a $575,000 colt - a striking result off a first year fee of $20,000. 
    Today that popularity stretches across the Atlantic for this colt, a homebred of Rathbarry Stud. Strikingly similar in looks to his sire, he sells for 240,000gns to Willie Browne. 
    Rarely has the ring filled up so quickly this week. They all followed him in and after an opening bid of 30,000gns, matters rapidly swept past the six figure mark. Eventual underbidder Jamie McCalmont, who would be very familiar with the sire from his regular trips to the US, made a very strong play and appeared to be well on his way to securing him after fending off Matt Houldsworth.
    However, that was when Willie Browne, standing near members of the Coolmore team, came in with his run, which eventually proved successful at 240,000gns.
    Having seen a number of Shanghai Bobby's progeny in the US, he seems pretty typical of what the sire is producing. Anyway, American buyers are next in line to gain the opportunity to view him as his next port of call is Florida, where he will prepare for the next round of breeze-up sales.
    "He's for a partnership to breeze with Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree Stables in the US," said Willie Browne. "I don't know if I'll get to keep a piece - I hope so! The sire is producing good stock and this lad is really as good as any of them.
    "I've got six myself so far this week - they're very expensive!"
    So how did a colt from the first crop of an American champion two-year-old end up in Europe? Breeder Rathbarry Stud paid $130,000 through John Tyrell of the BBA Ireland for his dam, Thousandfold, while carrying the colt at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale. The daughter of Giant's Causeway was unplaced in the US but had good European connections as a daughter of National Stakes winner Salut d'Amour. She is also a half-sister to the Listed-placed Secret Admirer as well as the dam of this year's Busher Stakes winner Mo d'Amour.
    "We saw her in the catalogue and were drawn to the fact that it's an European family with a bit of two-year-old form," said Niamh Woods of Rathbarry. "There aren't many of them over here too.
    "He was always a nice colt, always a stand-out that ticked every box. We had some lads watching the sire in the US and they said he was producing lovely stock.
    "We just thought by bringing him here rather than sending him to the US he would stand out a bit more.
    "The mare has an Acclamation filly foal and is back in foal to Acclamation."
    Shanghai Bobby was an undefeated two-year-old whose season culminated with wins in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes. He shares his sire, Harlan’s Holiday, with leading young sires Into Mischief and Majesticperfection, both of whom came up with Grade 1 winners out of their cheaply conceived first crops.
    He stood the past season for $15,000 at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
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  • Lot 1130: b c Iffraaj - Toquette (Acclamation)
    Patience pays off for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
    "He was the last one we had left on the list," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club after signing the ticket at 240,000gns. "So we are delighted - wish we had been able to pay a little less!"
    The colt, the second purchase of the week by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, is the first foal out of an unraced half-sister to Arcano. The immediate generations have fared well under the management of his vendor Corduff Stud, which have sold several high-priced yearlings out of his granddam Tariysha.
    "There haven't been many by Iffraaj in Hong Kong," said Richardson. "But the couple we have had have been ok, and his stock have pace and go on fast ground."
    Iffraaj has had a good week so far and is currently returning an average of 111,600gns for 15 sold.
    Another good result shortly came the way of Corduff when lot 1141, an 105,000gns pinhook, sold for 220,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock. By Showcasing, she is a half-sister to German Group 3 winner Turning Light.
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  • Lot 1166: b c Dark Angel - Warshah (Shamardal)
    The purchase of Warshah by Yeomanstown Stud for just 26,000gns at the 2011 Tattersalls July Sale reaped immediate rewards for the farm when her first foal, the Dark Angel filly Volition, sold for 300,000gns to Cheveley Park Stud.
    Today, there are further rewards when her second foal, another Dark Angel, sells for 220,000gns to John Ferguson. Suzanne Roberts and Matt Houldsworth were among the underbidders.
    The family behind Warshah has filled out in the years since she joined Yeomanstown since her half-sister Kinnaird has bred Berkshire and Abdon and become the granddam of Ivawood. 
    He is Ferguson's ninth purchase of the week but his first Dark Angel, in whom Darley own a share.
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  • Lot 1175: gr f Dark Angel - Wiltshire Life (Camacho)
    The last time Michael Dods bought a Dark Angel filly off Yeomanstown she turned out to be Mecca's Angel. He will be hoping that lightning strikes twice after going to 120,000gns - substantially more than the 16,000gns that Mecca's Angel cost - for this filly, a three-parts sister to the winning Queen Celeste from the immediate family of another talented Dark Angel in Alhebayeb.
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  • Lot 1196: b c Epaulette - Al Andalyya (Kingmambo)
    Egmont Stud's Epaulette colt turns a great profit, selling for 120,000gns to John Ferguson. He received a major update on Saturday when his half-brother Best Solution won the Autumn Stakes for Godolphin and Ferguson is no doubt hoping that this colt, who has the added attraction to the operation of being by Darley stallion Epaulette, follows suit.
    Paula Flannery paid just 16,000gns for the colt at last year's Tattersalls December Sale. Epaulette was like catnip to pinhookers last winter and this colt has to represent one of the bigger pinhooking scores by him.
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  • Lot 1215: b c Nathaniel - Amelia May (Dansili)
    Ed Vaughan is the winning bidder on this colt, which is strange given he advertised himself as the Hugh Hefner of racing today in another publication. Vaughan's eye-catching advert, which has caused much banter, is headlined 'Hefner's not the only one who's got a way with the fillies!' and lists all the good fillies he has trained this year such as Mehronissa and Staintondale Lass. The icing on the cake is Vaughan's appearance on the ad in some kind of red smoking jacket.
    Simon Kerins didn't miss the opportunity presented by knocking the colt down to 'Hugh Hefner Bloodstock'.
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  • Lot 1226: b f Dark Angel - Araqella (Oasis Dream)
    Approximately 24 hours after coming off second best on the 380,000gns Kodiac colt, Joseph Murphy has better luck in his pursuit of this filly, who falls to him at 200,000gns.
    Murphy had to fight off John Ferguson and Richard Hannon for the filly, who was sold by Staffordstown and is the first foal of a winning sister to Aqlaam.
    The filly has been bought to carry the same Qualify colours of Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez. Murphy trained Euphrasia to run third in the 2014 Tattersalls Gold Cup in her colours following the filly's 500,000gns sale while the combination have enjoyed further success this year through the Group 3-winning sprinter Only Mine.
    "We're having a good year and with that, you hope the quality goes up," said Murphy. "We've had some good horses for Mrs Regalado-Gonzalez and I thought this was a very athletic filly. She'll come back to Tipperary to be broken."
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  • Lot 1250: b f Kodiac - Beatrix Potter (Cadeaux Genereux)
    Two quick strikes for John Ferguson. He pays 160,000gns for the half-sister to recent Mill Reef Stakes winner Harry Angel - another expensive Kodiac sold by Paul McCartan - and 150,000gns for an Acclamation half-brother to Rockfel Stakes runner-up Blockade.
    They bring Ferguson's sale expenditure to 2,210,000gns.
    Lot 1250
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  • Lot 1262: b c Shamardal - Boccassini (Artan)
    John Ferguson buys the last Shamardal through the ring this week. He went to 240,000gns for the colt, who is a half-brother to Ferguson's Scottish Triumph Hurdle winner Broughton.
    However, other immediate members of the family have been extremely accomplished on the Flat; dam Boccassini was Germany's champion two-year-old of 2006 who did plenty to bring her sire Artan and is also the dam of Italian Listed winner Bastille.
    The German-bred was sold by Jamie Railton on behalf of breeder Gestut Westerberg.
    Thus, Shamardal ends the sale with an average of 155,666gns.
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  • Lot 1267: b c Dubawi - Brazilian Samba (Sadler's Wells)
    Sole Dubawi catalogued sells to Jonno Mills of Rabbah Bloodstock for 300,000gns. Unlike the majority of Dubawis last week, there was no clash between John Ferguson and Roger Varian to drive the price up - instead it was Hugo Merry bidding from the back stairs who provided Mills with most competition.
    Although Ferguson didn't sign for the colt, he has actually been bought to race for Godolphin.
    "The sire speaks for himself," said Mills. "He is the last Dubawi in the sale and has come from a very good farm."
    Sold by Croom House Stud, he is a half-brother to Hong Kong Group 2 winner Endowing and out of an unraced half-sister to Group 3-winning sprinter Brazilian Bride. It is the further Brigid family of Listen and Henrythenavigator - Brigid's own Camelot colt is coming up as lot 1273.
    While his price is far removed from the average of 972,667gns recorded by Dubawi last week, it is enough to make him the dearest yearling sold so far today. Last year's sale was topped by a 725,000gns Dubawi colt, Wolf Country, who broke his maiden impressively on Monday.
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  • Lot 1274: b c Holy Roman Emperor - Brilliant Sunshine (Pivotal)
    Ann Plummer and Tony Wechsler, who bought a lovely Dubawi colt for 500,000gns last week, jump back into action through Howson and Houldsworth with the 240,000gns purchase of a Holy Roman Emperor colt from Grove Stud. John Murphy was the underbidder.
    Jonny Portman is set to train.
    Grove paid 105,000gns for the colt at last year's Tattersalls December Sale.
    "I saw him on Sunday at the Grove Stud consignment," said Howson. "Grove do a very good job, they're a good hotel.
    "He was a lovely Holy Roman Emperor. I wrote very little on the page, which is always a good thing as I think often think the more you write, the worse the horse is.
    "Anne rang today and said they would like to buy something. They were after the best horse on offer today and we thought this was a standout."
    He is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to Listed winners Brusco and Ferdoos, herself dam of this weekend's Nearctic Stakes hopeful Nezwaah.
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  • Owner Robert Moss bought two yearlings today including a 125,000gns son of Iffraaj set to join Simon Dow. And looks like he's just won a £25,000 Book 1 bonus at Kempton with Chica De La Noche. Good to see the incentive benefit owners such as Moss.
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  • Several of Europe's cheaper stallions have emerged with credit this week, perhaps to provide some thought for anybody looking for 'value' in next year's stallion ranks.
    Book 2 has long acted as an excellent outlet for Kyllachy's yearlings. His progeny have averaged 54,690gns here since they made their auction debuts in 2005 and that trend continued over into this week. Yesterday could have almost been branded 'Kyllachy afternoon' as three yearlings sold for 270,000gns, 120,000gns and 260,000gns within minutes of each other. As a result, he ends the sale with an average of 109,750gns for 12 sold.
    Equiano continues to be a popular choice with trainers and pinhookers. He often gets a good-looking type and that was once again borne out through this week's results, which included a colt that sold for 180,000gns.
    He ends the sale with an average of 86,250gns.
    I've long been a fan of Camacho and nothing this week did anything to dim my view. Led by a 125,000gns colt, he returned an average of 76,000gns - not bad for a €7,500 fee.
    And former shuttler Choisir was once again showcased in a good light. He had only one representative but he sold well at 90,000gns to complement a crop that also includes yearlings who sold for €130,000, 85,000gns and £75,000 earlier this year.
    Choisir is now permanently based in Australia and this is his last European crop of yearlings. He's had another strong year on the track, primarily through The Last Lion, but it seems as though he won't be making a return trip to Europe anytime soon.
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    SHANGHAI BOBBY: 1 offered, sold for 240,000gns
    RECKLESS ABANDON: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 131,000gns
    AL KAZEEM: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 125,000gns
    SOCIETY ROCK: 15 offered, 14 sold for an average of 83,214gns
    SWISS SPIRIT: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 75,500gns
    CAMELOT: 17 offered, 17 sold for an average of 72,059gns
    CITYSCAPE: 1 offered, sold for 68,000gns
    DAWN APPROACH: 9 offered, 8 sold for an average of 66,000gns
    RED JAZZ: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 64,000gns
    LETHAL FORCE: 18 offered, 16 sold for an average of 57,625gns
    EPAULETTE: 16 offered, 14 sold for an average of 55,571gns
    DECLARATION OF WAR: 16 offered, 14 sold for an average of 50,929gns
    FARHH: 9 offered, 8 sold for an average of 50,750gns
    HAVANA GOLD: 11 offered, 6 sold for an average of 48,000gns
    MAXIOS: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 47,400gns
    INTELLO: 16 offered, 13 sold for an average of 44,500gns
    MOST IMPROVED: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 40,000gns
    FINJAAN: 1 offered, sold for 35,000gns
    ANIMAL KINGDOM: 1 offered, not sold
    STYLE VENDOME: 1 offered, not sold
    UNIVERSAL: 1 offered, not sold
    The talking horse of the week was undoubtedly Society Rock. He had five six-figure lots, which in turn boosted his average to just shy of 85,000gns, an impressive achievement off an €8,000 fee. At the moment, he looks a loss.
    Reckless Abandon fared extremely well from limited representation. Time may tell it's a shame he's now a gelding.
    Credit must also go to Swiss Spirit, who was very well received (as he has been all year), while Camelot posted a 100 per cent clearance, which is no mean feat with a group of 17.
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    977) b c Kodiac - Red Vale (Halling), sold by Bellewstown Stud for 380,000gns to John Ferguson
    1267) b c Dubawi - Brazilian Samba (Sadler's Wells), sold by Croom House Stud for 300,000gns to John Ferguson 
    912) b c Kyllachy - On The Brink (Mind Games), sold by Kilminfoyle House Stud for 270,000gns to Shadwell Estate Company
    1024) b c Sea The Stars - Scarlet And Gold (Peintre Celebre), sold by Mount Coote Stud for 260,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock
    931) b c Kyllachy - Pious (Bishop Of Cashel), sold by Cheveley Park Stud for 260,000gns to Shadwell Estate Company
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    THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT: 25 sold for a total of 1,694,500gns
    YEOMANSTOWN STUD: 15 sold for a total of 1,537,000gns
    TALLY-HO STUD: 21 sold for a total of 1,312,000gns
    Special mention must go to Michael Fitzpatrick of Kilminfoyle House Stud, who sold eight for an average of 128,750gns. Included in that octet were six yearlings that turned substantial profits.
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    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: 42 bought for a total of 5,157,000gns, average of 122,786gns
    (2015: 39 bought for 4,609,000gns)
    JOHN FERGUSON: 16 bought for a total of 2,910,000gns, average of 181,875gns
    (2015: 19 bought for 3,120,000gns)
    RABBAH BLOODSTOCK: 32 bought for a total of 1,772,000gns, average of 55,375gns
    (2015: 22 bought for 1,141,000gns)
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  • TOP SIRES (by average, more than one sold)
    SHAMARDAL: 6 sold for an average of 155,667gns
    RECKLESS ABANDON: 2 sold for an average of 131,000gns
    AL KAZEEM: 2 sold for an average of 125,000gns
    Other stallions to break the 100,000gns barrier by average: Azamour, Sea The Stars, Iffraaj, Kyllachy and Dark Angel
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    At the conclusion of Book 2 of the 2016 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “At the end of Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale last week we reflected on the extraordinary progress the sale had made since 2010 and the same applies to Book 2. Turnover at Book 2 was a little over 20 million guineas in 2010 and the average price was 32,000 guineas. This year the average price has exceeded 60,000 guineas for the third consecutive year and the turnover is not far below 40 million guineas, making Book 2 the second highest grossing European yearling sale behind October Book 1. 

    “Similar to last week, the feature of the sale has been the strong demand at the top of the market with the trainers and bloodstock agents consistently remarking on the competition for the best yearlings and well over 100 lots selling for 100,000 guineas or more. We made a determined effort to control the numbers in Book 2 this year and cataloguing 140 fewer yearlings than in 2015 has made the sale significantly more manageable for both vendors and buyers alike and without doubt assisted the sale.

    "Every year graduates of Book 2 advertise the merits of the sale by performing at the very highest level and racecourse achievements are a major factor in attracting buyers at all levels of the market. This sale is the key one for so many British and Irish owners and trainers and they have been competing all week with buyers from throughout Europe and as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. Most notably, however, buyers from throughout the Gulf region have made a huge impact, and it would be remiss not to register our sincere gratitude for the massive contribution made in particular by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, both of whom have demonstrated their sustained enthusiasm for the sport of horse racing by supporting the market with such commitment. 

    “With Books 1 and 2 of the October Yearling Sale behind us, we now turn our attention to Books 3 and 4 where buyers will continue to find plenty of quality, commercial yearlings all of which are eligible for the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes."
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    Catalogued: 774
    Offered: 708
    Sold: 594 (84%)
    Aggregate: 12,952,000gns (+4%)
    Average: 65,539gns (+5%) - record figure
    Colts average: 68,191gns
    Fillies average: 58,967gns
    Median: 50,000gns (+6%) - record equalling figure
    Top price: 375,000gns (2015: 725,000gns)
    No. six-figure lots: 117 (2015: 121)
    No. 200,000gns+ lots: 22 (2015: 23)
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on last auction appearance + approx. expenses): 119 of 219
    Offered: 258
    Sold: 230 (85%)
    Aggregate: 12,952,000gns (+4%)
    Average: 66,421gns (+19%)
    Median: 50,000gns (+14%)
    Top lot: 1267) b c Dubawi - Brazilian Samba (Sadler's Wells), sold by Croom House Stud for 300,000gns to John Ferguson 
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