Mayfair Speculators and Cape Town-based Form Bloodstock were active on Day 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 at Newmarket, buying five lots between them.
Ingrid and Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators added to their first day quartet when buying a further three yearlings for a gross 1 350 000gns.
A Galileo filly (#237) and a Sepoy colt (#325) topped the shopping list at 525 000gns apiece, while the ever popular Sea The Stars was in demand and they also secured a lovely filly (#318) out of a Cape Cross mare for 300 000gns. She is bred on similar lines to their day 1 acquisition.
The China Horse Club has also partnered with Mayfair Speculators thus far this week, and more on that once Derek Brugman returns from overseas.
Form Bloodstock got two lots, both fillies, for a gross 470 000gns.
Exceed And Excel’s daughter (#248) out of the Danehill mare Island Babe went for 330 000gns, while the daughter (#313) of Speightstown out of a Gone West mare, Maid To Master, cost 140 000gns.
The Racingpost reports that Salesground buzz translated into salesring fireworks during Wednesday’s session of the Tattersalls October Book 1 Yearling sale as a highly-anticipated daughter of Dubawi sold to the Coolmore team for 2.1 million guineas.
The buyer was more of a surprise than the price, with the Newsells Park Stud-consigned lot having caught the eye of many top judges but progeny of Dubawi not being a regular on Coolmore’s shopping list.
However, the seven-figure filly belongs to a family the operation knows well – her dam Loveisallyouneed is a Sadler’s Wells sister to Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Yesterday and champion juvenile Quarter Moon, the dam of this year’s Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Diamondsandrubies, all of whom have been campaigned by Coolmore and Roisin Henry.
“Richard [Henry] basically invented this family – it’s been fantastic, a very lucky family,” said MV Magnier, who signed the ticket. “This is a lovely filly, a great mover with a lot of quality.”
Henry bought Jude, the dam of Quarter Moon, Yesterday and a further five winners, at Tattersalls in 1997. Almost two decades later, both Tony Nerses and John Ferguson also tried to secure the latest member of this remarkable family in a rapid bidding war.
Just a few lots earlier Coolmore had prevailed for a Galileo sister to Ladys First and Ballydoyle juvenile Dewdrop who cost the operation 1m gns. Hugo Lascelles, who paid 1.8m gns for Ladys First here in December, was the underbidder.
China Horse Club and Qatar Racing joined forces to secure a son of Galileo out of Jacqueline Quest, denying Coolmore with a winning bid of 1.2m gns.
Late in the day China Horse Club made two big-money purchases, headed by the last of five Frankel yearlings on offer during the session who cost the operation 670,000gns. Out of Highclere’s top producer Model Queen, he is a half-brother to seven winners including Haydock Sprint Cup hero Regal Parade and smart juvenile Entifaadha. All five Frankel yearlings sold yesterday for a total of 2,170,000gns.
A sister to smart sprinters Mecca’s Angel and Markaz became the most expensive yearling by Dark Angel when selling to Oliver St Lawrence for 825,000gns.
Bred and offered by Yeomanstown Stud, the colt will carry the colours of Fawzi Nass for trainer George Peckham.
“She’s a really nice filly who looked just like she should do on paper – a real strong, sprinting type,” said St Lawrence. “We’re increasing the quality of the operation, particularly with the fillies.”