Coolmore Stud Team
Coolmore Stud Team

Team Coolmore

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8 - 10 October 2013

Emma Berry and Catherine Austen - A day of fiercely strong trading at the Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale culminated in a new European yearling record of 3.6million guineas (US$6,079,311) when a colt by Galileo (Ire) sold to the Coolmore team, which stands the world’s pre-eminent stallion.

The transaction contributed to the highest-grossing session at Park Paddocks since the start of October Book 1 in 2003. A 79% clearance rate was achieved from the 124 yearlings sold for 26,319,000gns, a rise in aggregate of 14%. The sector which benefited from the greatest increase, of 28%, was the average of 212,250gns, while the median of 117,500gns, was up by 7%.

Just as last week at Goffs, John Magnier held his nerve against a determined rival to ensure that the Galileo colt, a full-brother to G1 Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture (GB), was another expensive addition to the team of bluebloods at Ballydoyle. His price is the highest for a yearling anywhere in the world this year, superceding the A$5 million (US$4,717,853) paid for Jimmy (Aus), the Redoute’s Choice (Aus) half-brother to Black Caviar (Aus), at the Inglis Easter Sale.

Qatar Racing bought into Secret Gesture in training earlier this year after her victory in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, and now race her in partnership with her breeder, Newsells Park Stud. The operation’s advisor, David Redvers, stunned the packed sales ring at Tattersalls on Tuesday with an opening bid of one million guineas for lot 144, and for a while it looked as if his aggressive tactics might work. But as auctioneer Philip Myerscough’s gavel hovered, Magnier jumped into the fray, prompting a lively contest between the two. Redvers bowed out as the colt’s price reached 2.6million guineas, but Sheikh Fahad Al Thani himself took up the running by countering Magnier’s riposte and helping the colt’s price tag rise by another million guineas.

“Obviously he’s a very nice horse, Galileo speaks for himself and it’s a cross that is just magical,” said M. V. Magnier of the son of the Danehill mare Shastye (Ire), a half-sister to the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sagamix (Fr) and fellow Group 1 winner Sagacity (Fr). “You never think you have to go that far to get a horse, but he ticked all the right boxes for the lads and all the right people were on him.” The same cross is responsible for undefeated champion Frankel (GB).

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News