Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continued in robust fashion on Tuesday with six lots selling for 300,000gns or more.
There were rises across the board with turnover topping 18 million guineas for the second consecutive session.
Topping Tuesday's trade was a Kingman colt sold by Newmarket couple Adrian and Phillipa O'Brien of Hazelwood Bloodstock for 525,000gns to Juddmonte Farms, who stand the stallion themselves.
The January-born colt is a full-brother to King Leonidas, the 2018 Book 2 sales topper when bought for 750,000gns. He is a dual winner, is BHA rated 103 and is in training with John Gosden.
O'Brien said: "What more is there to say than, in a nut shell, we are delighted! The full-brother topped the sale three years ago and it is clearly a cross that works. King Leonidas has had a few setbacks, but he is back on track now and he is clearly a very talented horse.
"I am very flattered that Juddmonte has bought a horse of his quality from our farm, and delighted for the breeder and for everyone. It is just fantastic, we wish them the very best of luck."
Of Reem he added: "She is a tricky breeder, but is in-foal to Too Darn Hot, so fingers crossed."
Underbidder was John Gosden, who was standing on the stairs. When the auctioneer offered him the chance to increase the price from the bid of 525,000gns, the trainer shook his head and walked away.
Simon Mockridge, purchasing on behalf of Juddmonte Farms, said: "Physically, a very very nice horse, he has size and scope, a very big hip, a very good walker. Adrian O'Brien and his team have done a very good job.
"It was very clever. He could have been a Book 1 horse, but he brought him to Book 2, and he is a stand-out here. We liked his brother very much when he was sold here a few years ago and made 750,000gns – he is not a bad horse, he was favourite for the Jersey Stakes, got beaten there and has run back recently after quite a lengthy break.
"I know John Gosden likes him very much, and, of course, John Gosden was underbidder, which I suppose bears that out."
CAMAS PARK SALE
The second highest priced lot on the day was the No Nay Never colt from the Hydes' Camas Park Stud who realised 450,000gns to the bid of agent Ross Doyle.
Out of the Mizzen Mast mare Seatone, the colt had received a significant update since the publication of the catalogue courtesy of the Ralph Beckett-trained filly Prosperous Voyage who was second in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile last week.
"He is a standout, a very good mover and a very nice horse," said Doyle. "I am not 100% sure of training plans, they are to be decided. He is just a nice horse, he looks a two-year-old. No Nay Never is a very good sire and he has had a great season."
US-based agent Ben McElroy will be hoping that history repeats itself after buying a Kodiac filly from the draft of Tally-Ho Stud for 340,000gns on behalf of Barbara Banke. It was that combination at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2019 that resulted in the purchase of dual Group 1 winner Campanelle.
"She has been bought for same connections as Campanelle,” revealed McElroy. “I saw her two or three days ago, she has a lot of likeness with Campanelle. She has the scope for a Kodiac filly and is a half-sister to a filly we are familiar with in Ventura Diamond, and her siblings are all well rated. She is obviously by a top sire of fillies, and we have had a lot of luck with the sire."
The filly, who is out of Zamindar mare Shehila, is a half-sister to the Listed Bosra Sham Stakes winner and Group 3 Bengough Stakes placed Ventura Diamond and was secured by McElroy after a bidding duel with Anthony Stroud.
McElroy added: "She stands over a lot of ground, I think she is going to be quick. She has a lot of presence and a lot of class, just everything you like to see in a filly. She will go back to America."
McElroy continued: "Hopefully the luck continues, and I think Barbara Banke has already picked out a name for her!"
Yeomanstown Stud was celebrating a pinhook success when its Zoustar colt out of the Exceed And Excel mare Rue Cambon sold for 310,000gns to White Birch Farm & O’Byrne Grassick Bloodstock.
The bay colt had been purchased by the O’Callaghan team at last year’s Tattersalls December Foal Sale for 110,000gns.
David O'Callaghan of Yeomanstown Stud commented: "He is big, strong and I am delighted that Demi O'Byrne has bought him as he loved him. I thought he was a very good foal out of an Exceed And Excel mare, so a speedy influence to back him up. I was happy to take a chance last year."
The colt is from the first northern hemisphere conceived crop of top class Australian sprinter Zoustar.
Late in the evening Anthony Stroud struck to secure the Gleneagles half-brother to the Group 2 Richmond Stakes winning two-year-old Asymmetric.
The colt, who was consigned and bred by Jimmy Murphy’s Redpender Stud, was the subject of a prolonged bidding duel between Stroud and Dermot Farrington, taking instruction from Alex Cole, with Stroud successful at 350,000gns.
"Well, thanks be to God!" said Murphy. "It is the two-year-old that is the reason for that! He has been marvellous all year. But this is a lovely horse himself and the mare is in-foal to Mehmas."
The sale continues on Wednesday.
DAY TWO STATISTICS
2021 2020 Change %
Catalogued 269 270 0%
Withdrawn 21 18 +17%
Offered 248 252 -2%
Unsold 30 39 -23%
Sold 218 213 +2%
Aggregate 18,560,500gns 17,987,500gns +3%
Median 65,000gns 52,000gns +25%
Average 85,140gns 84,448gns +1%
% sold 88% 85% +4%