TATTERSALLS OCTOBER YEARLING SALE PART 1 STARTS IN STRONG FASHION
The Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Part 1 started in buoyant fashion today with 118 lots sold for 14,131,000 guineas for an average of 119,754 guineas and a median of 67,500 guineas.
Direct comparisons with last year's opening day are meaningless due to the change of format this year, but the opening day average compares favourably with last year's four-day average of 102,795 guineas.
The fireworks started early in the day with Lot 1, the half-sister to Group 1 Coronation Stakes winner MAID CAUSEWAY, by sire-of-the-moment MONTJEU. The daughter of VALLEE DES REVES, a half-sister to Group 2 winners VETHEUIL and VERVEINE, herself the dam of Group 1 winners VOLGA and VALLEE ENCHANTEE was consigned to the sale by Lady Joanna Wellesley's Marston Stud. Early interest in the regally bred filly came from Walter Connors and London-based agent Charlie Gordon-Watson and the pair pushed the price towards 500,000 guineas before Cheveley Park Stud's General Manager Chris Richardson entered the fray with a bid of 550,000 guineas. Connors and Richardson continued to trade blows until Connors made the winning bid of 825,000 guineas on behalf of Al Eile Stud in Ireland.
A little more than an hour later, Lot 37, the bay colt by GALILEO out of the CAERLEON mare ZELDA was knocked down to Japanese agent Nobutaka Tada for 800,000 guineas after a protracted bidding duel with Coolmore's Demi O'Byrne and John Magnier. The last time the pair had battled for a top colt was at this sale 12 months ago, when Magnier outbid his Japanese counterpart for the colt who topped the sale at 1,150,000 guineas and who as GEORGE WASHINGTON has won both the Group 1 National Stakes and Group 1 Phoenix Stakes this year. The colt, who was consigned from Brendan Hayes' Knocktoran Stud is a half-brother to a trio of top class sprinters, headlined by the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner ZIPPING as well as the Group 3 winning pair of ZELDING and NIPPING.
The phenomenal success of the first crop of MONTJEU this season, highlighted by the win of HURRICANE RUN in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday ensured that his progeny would be in high demand. As well as the highest priced lot for the day, MONTJEU was also represented by the third top price with Lot 126, the bay colt out of the SHIRLEY HEIGHTS mare BY CHARTER, who was consigned by Jamie Railton.
The half-brother to Group 2 winner FIRST CHARTER and three-parts brother to the Listed winning and Group 1 Italian Derby second PRIVATE CHARTER saw initial interest from Blandford Bloodstock's Richard Brown as well as Berkshire based trainer Charlie Egerton. It was Egerton who won that battle, but he was soon involved in another skirmish, this time with Coolmore's John Magnier who was to prevail after Egerton was unwilling to counter his bid of 625,000 guineas for the lovely moving colt.
Day 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Part 1 continues at 11.30am on Wednesday, 5th October