The Tattersalls Foal Sale produced the highest one-day turnover at a foal sale in European auction history on Friday.
A total of 182 lots sold for 13.18 million guineas on Friday at Newmarket. The average climbed 6% to 72,427 guineas and median rose 4% to 49,500 guineas.
Coolmore champion Galileo is the best stallion standing anywhere in the world at present and so it was no surprise that one of his sons topped the third session at 500,000 guineas. A brother to English Derby runner-up At First Sight, the colt was consigned from The Castlebridge Consignment and knocked down to Sheikh Fahad.
“He is a lovely looking colt,” said Sheikh Fahad after out-bidding David Ryan of Aran Bloodstock. “He is real quality, he really caught my eye – I went to see him a few times and I liked him more every time I saw him.
“If he were to have come here as yearling, he could have made a million so it makes sense . This horse has been bought to race.”
Sheikh Fahad also bought the Galileo – Funsie (Saumarez) yearling for 2.50 million guineas at this year’s Tattersalls October sale. The half-brother to G1 English Derby winner Authorized was the highest priced yearling in the world this year.
Australian buyer Paul Fudge paid 450,000 guineas for an Oasis Dream filly out of multiple Group 1 winner Albanova. Consigned by Kirsten Rausing’s St Simon Stud, she was purchased by Kentucky-based agent David Ingordo who was bidding on behalf of Fudge’s Waratah Thoroughbreds.
“She’s a princess, let’s hope she becomes a queen,” Ingordo said after seeing off agents for Juddmonte Farms and Sir Robert Ogden. “Fillies like her don’t come onto the market very often, she is a gorgeous filly exactly what you want for a long-term broodmare prospect. She comes from a great farm.”
Day 4 of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale continues on Saturday.
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Champion Coolmore sire topped the Day 3 Tattersalls Foal Sale
with this colt from Healing Music