A bid of €2 million from Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Amer Abdulaziz landed a sister to Coolmore’s treble Group 1 winner Alice Springs (Ire) (lot 165) to top Goffs Orby Day 1.
“The mare has already produced a Group 1 winner and this is the kind of filly we need to be buying. As well as being so well bred she was very athletic, a good walker, and we liked her right from the start. We’ll get her home and let her be a horse again before deciding on who will train her," said Abdulaziz.
David Redvers signed for the most expensive colt on Tuesday, a son of Kingman (GB) for €850,000 (lot 166).
“The sire has made a good start and we have a very nice filly by him as well as a couple of others that we like,” Redvers said. “We are delighted as in our opinion this was the nicest colt in the sale.”
Kingman wasn’t the only freshman sire to get his name on the day’s leaderboard. No Nay Never (USA), who currently leads the first season sires’ table and notched his first Group 1 winner at the weekend following the victory of Ten Sovereigns (USA) in the Juddmonte Middle Park S., provided an early session topper when a filly (lot 100) sold to M.V. Magnier for €700,000.
“She was a great mover with a lot of quality and Flash Conroy had a very high opinion of her,” said Magnier of his purchase. “Ten Sovereigns should be a pretty special horse next year and No Nay Never is flying, thank God.”
The clearance rate on Day 1 was 88% for 167 yearlings sold of the 190 offered. This led to a 14% increase in aggregate from last year to €24,085,000, with the average improving by 33% to €144,222 and the median by 27% to €85,000.