Galileo Sparkles In Newmarket

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Newsells Park Stud’s Shastye (Ire) (Danehill {USA}) has been a regular headline-maker at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale since 2013, when her subsequent Group 3 winner Sir Isaac Newton (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) briefly set a record for a European yearling at public auction, when bought by MV Magnier for 3.6 million gns.

Five years later, Sir Isaac Newton (currently in-training with Liam Howley)’s full-brother (lot 109) flirted with his elder brother’s price tag during the first of three Book 1 sessions on Tuesday, but fell just short, with MV Magnier again the successful bidder at 3.4 million gns.

“Shastye has been a great producer and Andreas Jacobs is a great breeder,” Magnier said after fending off a handful of persistent bidders including David Redvers, John O’Connor and Japanese trainer Mitsu Nakauchida, the latter being the eventual underbidder. “We have a very high opinion of this horse. He’s a lovely horse and we’ve had luck with the family.”

More Success For Justify's Breeders

Newsells Park had enjoyed another seven-figure result with a Galileo colt early in the day when lot 41, a colt out of an unraced full-sister to Juddmonte’s champion racemare Midday (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) offered on behalf of breeders John and Tanya Gunther (breeders of American Triple Crown winner Justify), was knocked down at 1.1 million gns. Anthony Stroud signed the ticket while standing alongside Sheikh Mohammed, Simon Crisford, David Loder and John Gosden. Stroud outbid Team Coolmore for the colt.

Justify's breeders John and Taylor Gunther with Sheikh Mohammed

Another Galileo filly, a half-sister to G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest winner and young sire Garswood (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) (lot 28) was also well received on Tuesday afternoon. The January-born filly was secured by agent Emmanuel de Seroux on behalf of an undisclosed “international client” for 1.2 million gns after he turned back a sustained challenge from Australian John Camilleri standing alongside agent Hubie de Burgh.

Kingman Versus No Nay Never

No Nay Never (USA) may be leading Kingman (GB) in the battle of first-season sires on the racetrack, but as members of their second crops go through the ring, the Juddmonte stallion just had the edge at Tattersalls on day one.

Leading the way was a spectacular pinhook by Michael Fitzpatrick of Kilminfoyle House Stud, who sold lot 112, a colt out of the Dansili (GB) mare Shemya (Fr), for 1.05 million gns to MV Magnier, having bought him for 135,000 gns last December.

Watch: Lot 112 goes through the ring for 1.05 million gns to MV Magnier

“He was a lovely foal and he’s been very straightforward and the sire has made a great start, which of course really helps. We all get lucky now and again,” said Fitzpatrick.

Kerri Radcliffe signed for the most expensive No Nay Never yearling (lot 111) at 650,000 gns.

“She’s been bought for Sheila Rosenblum and George Bolton, my two lovely new clients, and she will stay here for the time being to be trained for next year,” said Radcliffe. “She’s a very athletic filly by a red-hot sire and there’s a chance she could end up racing in America.”

Kerri Radcliffe signed for the most expensive No Nay Never yearling

Mark Richards and The Hong Kong Jockey Club signed for three colts on the day. A Fastnet Rock colt for 260,000 gns (lot 76), an Exceed And Excel colt for 200,000 gns (lot 80), and a Farhh colt for 185,000 (lot 142).

The day’s strong clearance rate was 85%. The turnover was 35,505,000 gns, which was up by 5%, with the median of 170,000 gns being a 15% drop on the high figure of 200,000 gns attained on the first day last year, though that eventually settled at 165,000 gns for Book 1 as a whole. The average was 266,955 gns, again down slightly, by 5%.