An Elusive Quality colt broke the European record for a Breeze-Up Sale at Tattersalls.
Agent Jamie McCalmont paid 760,000 guineas for the Elusive Quality – Gender Dance (Miesque’s Son) colt from Lynn Lodge Stud. He saw off Michael Tabor and agent Ross Doyle. The previous record was 625,000 guineas.
“He is a very athletic colt and is by a sire who is doing very well,” McCalmont said. “I have done Keeneland, Barretts and Fasig-Tipton and this is the strongest market of the lot.”
Day 2 at Newmarket saw a total of 52 lots sell for 5.22 million guineas at an average of 100,538 guineas.
The second highest priced lot was the Dutch Art – Develyn (Pivotal) filly who was knocked down to Shadwell Estates agent Angus Gold for 320,000 guineas. Next best was the Invincible Spirit – Carrig Girl (Nayef) that Doyle bought for 300,000 guineas.
“Competition at the top of the market has, without doubt, been the feature of the sale and the number of six figure lots has only been bettered once,” Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented. “While there have been so many positives to take from the sale, including the first purchases at Tattersalls by mainland Chinese buyers, it should also be recognised that the market has been selective at times.”