Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 2016 - Lot 39

From a South African perspective, outcomes at yesterday’s session of the world’s strongest yearling sale of 2016, begged the question: what price a Group One winning son of Dubawi, given his opening day average of 853.215 guineas (R15,357,87) of the stallion’s only Group One winning son in Africa, Willow Magic, first season incumbent of the Summerhill stallion barn. We speak of course, without bias!

Emma Berry reminds us that it’s been 10 years since any Normandie Stud yearlings have been offered for sale, but Philippa Cooper made an explosive return to the ring at Tattersalls October Sale when her Dubawi colt out of G1 Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You (Dansili) became the most expensive yearling in the world this year, selling for 2.6-million guineas to Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum. Dubawi was the sire of the only other yearling to surpass seven-figures on the day, also purchased by John Ferguson for 1.2-million guineas. He was far and away the day’s leading sire, with eight sold, six to Ferguson, for a total of 6,825,000 guineas and an average of 853,125 guineas.

Ultimately it came down to a duel between two parties closely linked to Dubawi himself, with John Ferguson taking on Roger Varian, who trains Postponed and a host of others for Dubawi’s owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid. With Varian retreating down the back stairs after his final bid of 2.5-million guineas, the path was left clear for Ferguson to recruit another well-credentialed son of Darley’s leading sire to the Godolphin team for 2017.

Julian Dollar, Markus Jooste and David Redvers / Tattersalls (p)

Julian Dollar, Markus Jooste and David Redvers / Tattersalls (p)

Coolmore’s perennial champion Galileo, needed no introduction prior to the sale, but a 1-2-3 in Sunday’s Arc only sparked his credentials again, and Lot 85 was hammered down to the now common partnership of MV Magnier, South Africa’s Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle for 750,000 guineas. The dam Gooseberry Fool, is a half-sister to Classic winner Aussie Rules (Danehill), a family that also boasts Group 1 winners such as Allegretto (Galileo), Alborada (Alzao), Yesterday (Sadler’s Wells) and Quarter Moon (Sadler’s Wells). The same team plucked another son of Galileo from Clare Castle Stud late in the session when spending 600,000 guineas on lot 156, a half-brother to G3 Atalanta Stakes winner Ladys First (Dutch Art). Galileo finished the session as the second-leading sire by average, with seven sold for an average of 442,143 guineas and an aggregate of 3,095,000 guineas.

Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

Day 1 Book 1 Session Toppers

Lot Sex Sire Dam Price (gns)
39 Colt Dubawi Fallen For You 2,600.000
75 Colt Dubawi Giants Play 1,200,000
85 Colt Galileo Gooseberry Fool 750,000
102 Colt Shamardal Hikari 725,000
87 Colt Sea The Stars Gotlandia 700,000
12 Filly Frankel Diary 675,000
166 Colt Dansili Loveisallyouneed 650,000
109 Filly Galileo Hveger 625,000
156 Colt Galileo Like A Dame 600,000
110 Colt Dubawi I'm A Dreamer 575,000
116 Colt Dubawi Independence 575,000