Buyers out in force ahead of Tattersalls first book in October
Despite the obvious differences between the rates on offer, there is a clear parallel between the restaurant scene and the world of blood sales.
Both sectors include a wide range of outlets that cater to diverse tastes and needs: there’s the cheap and the happy, the trendy and the Instagramable, and then there’s the classics, Michelin starred businesses. high end that serve those with the most refined palates and the deepest pockets.
If Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was a restaurant, it would be very much in the latter category. In all likelihood, he wouldn’t have one Michelin star, he would have three.
This is where the most acclaimed chefs would skillfully combine the best ingredients to produce something that would have critics toss superlatives like confetti at a wedding.
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This caliber of animal tends not to be cheap, and last year’s sale duly recorded a turnover of 82,385,000 guineas (US $ 111,566,000) topped by the one-year-old filly the most expensive sold in the world in 2020, the 3.4 million guineas ($ 4,612,106) Galileo sister of Japan and Magnate purchased by MV Magnier.
In 1936, the Michelin Guide first published the criteria for its rating system, with three-star establishments defined as “exceptional cuisine, deserving of a special trip”.
Given the thin air in Book 1, Park Paddocks isn’t always packed on inspection days. But that was not the case on a bright and breezy October 4 afternoon as the sales grounds buzzed with activity as agents, owners and trainers made their assessment of the stock on offer, including a handful. of names that had made their own “special journey.”
Sheikh Mohammed and his entourage were in town and stopped by the Newsells Park Stud expedition to offer the new owner of the farm, Graham Smith-Bernal, a few words of encouragement before the sale. Meanwhile, the Coolmore buying team, joined by John Magnier, Aidan O’Brien and Georg von Opel, were busy taking their expert look at the lots on offer.
This prolific pair were joined by Ben McElroy, who earned Campanelle on behalf of Stonestreet Stables, and Liz Crow who, along with Bradley Weisbord, unearthed the heroine of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) aunt pearl in 2019.
Ryan, Brown and Crow were among the crowds working the Tattersalls sales lot on Monday, and Crow confirmed it wasn’t British food that brought them back to Newmarket.
Filly Dubawi presented as Lot 336 at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale
Considering that the catalog consisted of 502 lots before withdrawals, this means that almost one in 10 yearling entering the Park Paddocks sales ring this week can count a top winner among their immediate connections. In addition, 21 winning mares from group 1 are among the dams whose progeny is to come.
While the catalog may be something of a treat for potential buyers and pedigree purists, it represents an important test for the humble sales correspondent.
Hardly do you think you’ve mentioned all the great headlines, like the King man half-brothers of Ghaiyyath (Lot 178) and Snow lantern (Lot 274), the Frankel half-brother of Point Blue (Lot 257), the Dubai half-sister of Waldgeist (Lot 336), the Black Angel brother to Battaash (Lot 379), and Palace Pier ‘s Almanzor half-brother (Lot 405) – then you realize that you have forgotten the siblings for Display (Lot 39), subjectivist (Lot 231), Broome (Lot 305), Golden Horde (Lot 10), Bolshoi Ballet (Lot 369), and the rest.
The final hours before the three-day auction kicks off Tuesday at 11 a.m. local time will be a time of anxiety for sellers, who must observe the fruits of months of hard work and investment often. considerable, subject to scrutiny. .
Among those who crossed everything for a few fruitful days was Charlie Vigors of Hillwood Stud, whose eight-strong draft includes no less than five par Lope de Vega , including the sister of last year’s 900,000 guineas ($ 1,216,623) Godolphin buys King of Conquest.
“It’s a nervous time for us salespeople now, because you’ve done all the hard work, you’ve raised them, you’ve taken care of them, groomed them, and it’s all a little out of your control now,” a said Vigors. “It’s up to other people and what they think of your yearlings now.”
From a sales pitch perspective, Vigors added, “There has been a lot of traffic and we’ve done a lot of shows, certainly on par with other years, now we just have to see how that converts into the money spent in the ring.
“The market has probably held up better than expected and with the cream of the year-long European crop on offer here hopefully this will be reflected in the results. You have to be optimistic about this work, but it is being put in place. to be a good sale and if you have what everyone wants, then there should be a good healthy trade. “
There has clearly been no loss of appetite among the buying bench this year, as key European dates saw some 2,669 yearlings entered and 2,283 finding a new home at an 86% clip.
For many, Book 1 is the main course of the worldwide yearling sales season. Based on the evidence from the sales pitch, this promises to be an event to be savored.