£4.2m fee for filly tops record breaking bloodstock sale
The highest price for a yearling anywhere in the world this year and the second highest priced yearling filly ever sold at public auction were notable benchmarks set when the Galileo filly out of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup winner Dank sold for 4,000,000 guineas (£4.2 million) on the final day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket.
The sale turned out to be the highest grossing auction in European history.
The highest price ever paid for a thoroughbred at Tattersalls is £5.25m for a yearling filly by Galileo out of Alluring Park in 2013, which remains a world record for a yearling filly.
Business in the bristling Newmarket sale continued in remarkable fashion with a further five lots realising million guineas sales, taking the sale total to almost double last year’s.
The 4m guinea filly was knocked down to trainer John Gosden on behalf of Godolphin.
Dank won both the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and the Grade 1 Beverley D Stakes for breeder James Wigan.
Interest in the filly came from all quarters of the ring and included David Redvers, Kerri Radcliffe and Crispin de Moubray but it was MV Magnier and John Gosden who took up the reins as bidding passed two million guineas. With Gosden raising the bar to four million guineas his final bid secured the filly who has already been named Gloam.
Tattersalls’ canny chairman Edmond Mahony said: “To have broken so many records over the three days of Book 1 reflected a catalogue of truly outstanding quality and a sale with a global reputation for producing exceptional racehorses year after year.
“Book 1 is widely regarded as Europe’s premier yearling sale but even by Book 1 standards we felt that this year’s catalogue was a bit special.
“The sale has produced wide margin records across the board, and first and foremost we must pay tribute to the vendors who have allowed us to produce a truly vintage catalogue which has showcased so many of the finest yearlings to be found anywhere in the world.
“The quality of stallions currently standing in Europe is at an all time high and there is no doubt that the world’s leading buyers recognise this. They want quality and Book 1 of the 2017 October Yearling Sale had quality in abundance.
“The statistics for this week’s sale are pretty astounding. The sale turnover of more than 100 million guineas is a record for the sixth consecutive year, more than double the level of only seven year’s ago, and the average and median have also soared to unprecedented heights. In short, the record books have been completely rewritten.
“Equally extraordinary is that last year’s record of nine yearlings selling for one million guineas or more has been almost doubled.
“There have been 17 seven-figure yearlings sold over the past three days and they have been shared between buyers from Dubai, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the US. Many of the leading participants are first time buyers in Europe.”