GALILEO again dominated trade on the opening day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket.
By early on Tuesday afternoon the three highest-priced lots at the prestigious yearling auction were all by the Coolmore super-sire.
Topping the list by some way was Lot 109, a full-brother to recent Group 2 Beresford Stakes winner Japan. Consigned by Newsells Park Stud, the colt was bought by M.V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud for 3.4 million guineas. The price eclipsed the €3.2 million bid at Goffs last week for a Galileo filly.
Shastye, dam of Tuesday's sale-topper, has already had three yearlings sell in the Tattersalls sale ring, each fetching over a million. One of her sons, Sir Isaac Newton, fetched 3.6 million guineas.
Julian Dollar of Newsells Park Stud said: "She is a wonderful mare and the pedigree says it all, but timing is everything and Japan's Beresford win two weeks ago just revitalised everything and brought back some interest and vibrancy to the pedigree.
"This is a lovely colt, and has always been a lovely horse, though maybe not as pretty as Sir Isaac Newton, he is strong and athletic. I think that Aidan [O'Brien] believes he did not get it quite right with Sir Isaac, so Coolmore was happy to come back again - I also know that Ballydoyle holds Japan in high regard.
"I have to thank everyone at home – yearling manager Gerry [Meehan] and his team have done a fabulous job, the whole draft looks superb and this horse was in top order. They have all been a really happy team to work with this autumn."
Mitsu Nakauchida, a racehorse trainer in Japan, was underbidder and throughout the bidding kept checking the bidders' board and the exchange rate table, but eventually he had to shake his head, leaving Team Coolmore the victorious party.
M.V. Magnier said: "His two-year-old brother Japan is a very nice colt, whom we think a lot of, while Andreas Jacobs's Newsells Park is a fabulous breeding operation."
Earlier, Newsells Park had sold a Galileo colt from the family of Midday for 1.1 million guineas. The colt was bred by the father-daughter team of John and Tanya Gunther, breeders of this year's US Triple Crown winner Justify. The purchaser was Stroud Coleman Bloodstock.
Tanya Gunther said: "The mare [Posset] has a Frankel colt foal and is in-foal to him. We used Galileo because he is the best stallion in the world – we probably should go to Dubawi next! It has all worked out well today."
The Stroud Coleman agency also paid 1.1 million guineas for a Dubawi colt out of Shirocco Star, consigned by Meon Valley Stud.
A Galileo filly out of Penchant, and a half-sister to the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Garswood, was this week's first lot to fetch seven figures, Narvick International going to 1.2 million guineas.
"She is gorgeous, she is by Galileo and as a half-sister to a Group 1 winner, she has been bought as a breeding prospect," said Emmanuel de Seroux. "There are no plans as yet, but there is a chance she could stay to race in Europe." The filly is also a full-sister to this year's Debutante Stakes third Zagitova.
A colt by Kingman also broke through the million guineas barrier when snapped up by M.V. Magnier and Coolmore for 1.05 million guineas. This was undoubtedly the pinhook result of the sale - the Kilminfoyle House Stud (Ballacolla, Co Laois) offering having been purchased here as a foal last December by Michael Fitzpatrick for 135,000gns.
"As a foal he had a really good walk, he was a good physical and I bought him from Giles Wates of Langton Stud," said Fitzpatrick recalling his purchasing decisions, and, who unsurprisingly, was a little emotional after today's sale.
"It was a lot of money to give for a foal, and it was our last bid, but it has worked out and I am so pleased for my staff, Pamela and Santos - I have to thank them. I have had pinhooks sell for 475,000gns, but not had one top the half a million - and then this guy sells for over a million!"
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