Records broken at Newmarket yearling sale as 372 horses fetch £84m

There were no seven-figure yearlings during the final session of Tattersalls’ prestigious Book 1 Sale in Newmarket on Thursday but, with the hammer falling on 372 colts and fillies over the three days at an average price of 222,000gns, turnover at the sale broke 80m guineas (£84m) for the first time to set a new record for a European bloodstock auction.

Turnover at last year’s Book 1, which also set several records, fell just short of 80m guineas but the sale moved into fresh territory late on Thursday afternoon with lots including a colt by Frankel that sold for 700,000gns. Another first-season sire, Nathaniel, was also popular, with yearlings selling for 600,000gns and 500,000gns during the session. As a result, final turnover at this year’s Book 1 was 82,744,500 guineas, a 4% rise on 2015, with four more lots sold privately after leaving the ring unsold for a total of 285,000gns.

The top lot on the final day was a filly half-brother to Sir Isaac Newton by Street Cry who sold for 800,000gns to leading bloodstock agent Charlie Gordon-Watson. Street Cry was the third in the list of average selling price by sire, with three yearlings sold at an average of 536,667gns. Leading the way was Dubawi, with 11 yearlings sold including the overall top lot, a filly sold for 2.1m guineas on Wednesday, and an average of 662,273gns. A total of 17 yearlings by Galileo sold for an average of 545,882gns, while Frankel was fourth on the list with nine of 13 yearlings offered being sold, at an average of 445,000gns.

The leading individual buyer at the sale was John Magnier’s Coolmore Stud operation with 10 yearlings purchased for a total of 8.885m guineas. John Ferguson, buying on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, bought 23 yearlings for a total of 8.4m guineas. Al Shaqab Racing, however, the racing operation of Sheikh Joaan al-Thani of Qatar, bought bloodstock worth 8.9m guineas through a variety of agents, including the trainer John Gosden, who paid 725,000gns for a Frankel colt on behalf of Al Shaqab on Tuesday.

“This time last year we were reflecting on an extraordinary Book 1 which had shattered all records and it seems remarkable that we are in a very similar position again,” Edmond Mahoney, the chairman of Tattersalls, said.

“Last year’s wide-margin record median has been matched, the average, with a larger catalogue, has been fractionally below the extraordinary 2014 figure and the turnover in excess of 80m guineas is a record for the third consecutive year.”

Paul Townend is expected to lodge an appeal against a 10-day ban imposed by the stewards at Tramore. Townend was attempting to take a position on the inside rail after the second-last flight in a maiden hurdle event, having made the running to that point on his mount, Vermout Fougeray, but almost put Brian Hayes and Conduct Yourself through the rail as he did so.

Conduct Yourself, the 6-4 favourite, was hampered but still managed to cross the line in front. The stewards then disqualified Vermout Fougeray and banned his jockey for 10 days, which will include the JN Champion Chase at Down Royal on 31 October.

Pat Dobbs will miss Champions Day at Ascot later this month after he was banned for a total of 16 days for misuse of the whip by the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary panel. Dobbs committed his fifth whip offence in the last sixth months that warranted a suspension of between two and six days in a race at Ascot on Saturday.

Powered by article was written by Greg Wood at Newmarket, for The Guardian on Thursday 8th October 2015 19.59 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010