tattersalls october yearling sale
tattersalls october yearling sale

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News from Newmarket yesterday was that the presence of both Sheikh Mohammed and his brother Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum had vendors heartened ahead of today’s Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale.

The Thoroughbred Daily News reports that John Magnierand the Coolmore team were also in evidence, along with buyers from Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and the U.S. Also on the sales grounds were representatives of the likes of Sir Robert Ogden, Thomas Barr and Dubai-based Dr. Jim Hay, who have been among the biggest non-Maktoum or Coolmore spenders at the British and Irish sales over the last couple of years. This year’s 676-lot Book 1 catalogue - running from today through Thursday - has 65 more yearlings listed than 12 months ago, and has the added attraction of a series of eight attached sales races worth £1.75 million, something which sales company officials hope will bolster buyers’ enthusiasm.

“One thing everyone agrees on is that this is the strongest Book 1 since we went to this format in 2004,” said Tattersalls Marketing Director Jimmy George. “We’ve got own or half-brothers to 65 Group 1 or Classic winners, which is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the world’s leading buyers. One can also draw a certain amount of cautious optimism from some of the sales that have gone before us.”