13-15 October 2014

Condensed in size, Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale Book 2 got away to an incredible start in Newmarket yesterday.

Increases in the figures were expected following heady trade at other European sales, not least at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 auction last week, but anyone forecasting a 73% rise in turnover to 15,511,000gns would have been deemed suspect. Backing up that remarkable mark was a 48% gain in average to 68,330gns and a 37% median improvement to 52,000gns – needless to say the clearance rate went up too, realising 89%, and it must be borne in mind these startling results had shown double- figure increases only 12 months ago.

Drizzle persisted throughout the day and so did high prices, continuing a bumper run on bloodstock throughout 2014 and almost certainly spurred by the monumental trade created at Book 1. It need only be said that nine yearlings made 200,000gns-plus throughout the whole of Book 2 twelve months ago, and eleven passed that sum in a single session yesterday - this must seem a very strange place to those outside the bloodstock bubble, although those on the inside find it barely credible.

Buyers who arrived expecting to be competitive on horses in the 20,000 to 30,000gns bracket needed double that to have a realistic chance of signing the sheet and that equation more or less held true across the range.

Seven horses made 300,000gns-plus, which compares to a best price during the same session two years ago of just 150,000gns and, while Book 2 has since been shortened to one of three days, that is still a telling insight to the way overseas money is keen to buy European yearlings, not least at this splendid and historic bloodstock sales venue. The roller coaster shows no sign of resting for a service, and should mean Book 3, which takes place at the end of this week having been made a two-day affair, is similarly buoyant.

The Stauffenberg Bloodstock-consigned Shamardal colt, Lot 671, who was bought by John Ferguson for 370,000gns to top the opening day of Book 2 / www.tattersalls.com (p)

Andreas Putsch, the free-thinking head of Haras de Saint Pair, had the honour of breeding the opening session's leading horse, a 370,000gns son of Shamardal (Lot 671). A March foal, he was produced by the Singspiel mare Via Milano, whose two-year-old Monsun filly, Via Manzoni, is unbeaten in two races for Putsch and trainer Andre Fabre.

Born in Germany, Putsch ignited his breeding operation seven years ago at a well-established farm in Normandy, Northern France, but he turned to a fellow countryman, Philipp Stauffenberg, to consign the Shamardal at yesterday's sale. The end result was a crackerjack return after John Ferguson – acting for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin racing organisation – headed competition from Alastair Donald to secure the prize.

Shamardal, who stands under the Sheikh's Darley banner, was responsible for a notable sale at Book 1 when his colt out of Cassandra Go made 1,700,000gns to a bid from Ferguson.

Stauffenberg, who has four horses catalogued this week, said: "I'm incredibly happy. I've known the colt since he was a foal, but he came to us for preparation in July and has always been a lovely horse. Shamardal is doing very well and that helped – it has become a very good day!"

Ferguson said: "He's a lovely colt from a successful family, and produced by a very good breeder."

Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2
Day One Top Lots

Lot Sex Sire - Dam Vendor Purchasor Price (gns)
671 Colt SHAMARDAL - Via Milano Stauffenberg Bloodstock John Ferguson Bloodstock 370,000
572 Filly POUR MOI - Sistine Oak Lodge / Springfield Studs John Warren Bloodstock 350,000
737 Colt DANEHILL DANCER - Alsace Lorraine The Castlebridge Consignment Paul Smith 330,000
520 Colt PIVOTAL - Sabreon Watership Down Stud John Warren Bloodstock 300,000
686 Colt DREAM AHEAD - Whisper Dance Pier House Stud Pan Sutong 300,000
679 Filly DARK ANGEL - Warshah Yeomanstown Stud Cheveley Park Stud 300,000
685 Colt PEOT"S VOICE - Whirly Bird Woodcote Stud Charles Gordon-Watson Bloodstock 300,000
472 Filly IFFRAAJ - Rada Pier House Stud John Warren Bloodstock 270,000

Extract from European Bloodstock News