The bullish international yearling market of 2021 continued at the 2021 Tattersalls October Yearling sale, including a record setting Book 2.
Book 2 Statistics
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*all prices in guineas
The sale showed improved metrics across the board, including an outstanding 88% clearance rate. The sale’s overall gross broke the 50 million guineas mark for the first time in its history. The top lot was a son of Juddmonte’s ever popular Kingman, and they themselves went to 525,000 guineas to secure the colt from Hazelwood Bloodstock. The sale showed a diverse buying bench, with a broad range of Europeans, a strong American presence, and buyers from Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong. This is a particular point of note given the questions that arose earlier in the year after the passing of Shadwell’s Sheikh Hamdan, who was a staunch supporter of this portion of the sale. In 2020 he was responsible for the purchase of 36 lots totaling 5.3 million guineas, 11% of the sale’s overall gross.
Boomer Bloodstock was in action with the purchase of two yearlings that will join the barn of California trainer Dan Blacker.
Lot 1216 is a scopey colt by leading international sire Lope De Vega (IRE) that really took Boomer’s eye. Offered by The Castlebridge Consignment, he is out of a winning Sea The Stars (IRE) mare who herself is a daughter of a French Group 1 winner. He was purchased for 100,000 guineas and looks an ideal two turn turf prospect for California.
The second purchase of the sale came shortly afterwards with Lot 1233, also purchased for 100,000 guineas. A strong, precocious looking daughter of Australian shuttle stalion Zoustar (AUS), the filly is out of a listed-placed Compton Place (GB) mare and from the family of top-class sprinter Battaash (IRE). Offered by New England Stud, she was purchased in partnership with Qatar Racing and will hopefully be ready for the early two year old races in Del Mar next summer.