The yearling sales went as quickly as they came this year. We have filmed well over two hundred yearlings ahead of the sales and provided footage for five different sales around Europe.
The German BBAG sale was first on our yearling agenda; during this sale our videos have always proven to be very popular and never more so than this year. Before the sale, we filmed 55 yearlings, with one withdrawal, leaving 54 yearlings to enter the ring. 50 of these sold, leading us to a clearance rate of 93%.
In conjunction with our clearance rate at the BBAG sale, we also had 2 top tens’ from Gestut Fahrhof’s consignment, including the son of IFFRAAJ out of Neuquen, who sold to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for €200,000 and a colt by EXCEED AND EXCEL out of Nianga, purchased by Mayfair Speculators/ Peter & Ross Doyle for €180,000.
ARQANA AUGUST sale came shortly after, where had a small number to film, yet from just 5 yearlings, 2 were withdrawn, we had a 100% clearance strike rate. 2/3 sold well above the average price of €152,598 and all 3 sold over the median price of €110,000.
Reinforcing our early clearance success, we filmed 48 yearlings for the GOFFS ORBY sale. 45 were sent through the ring, after 3 withdrawals. 40 of these yearlings sold (89%) and 83% of those were sold above the average price of €39,686. As well as this, we claimed 2 further top tens’ including a son of the eagerly anticipated FRANKEL out of Moonlight’s Box, consigned by Camas Park Stud, who sold for €750,000 to BBA Ireland. The consignment had additionally sold a SCAT DADDY colt earlier in the sale, out of Excelente to Form Bloodstock for €480,000.
TATTERSALLS IRELAND SEPTEMBER yearling sale is defintely worth mentioning. Although, just 4 yearlings were filmed, it is still worth noting that we had another clean sheet of 100% sold that entered the ring.
Moving on to Tattersalls October Sales, where they didn’t disappoint with the usual eye watering figures. Ahead of BOOK 1 we filmed, 90 yearlings. 5 were later withdrawn and 75 of those were later sold (88%). Two standout yearlings were sold for 2,100,000 guineas, including Glenvale Stud’s full sister to ALICE SPRINGS (GALILEO), who looked more like a twin than just a sister, she was snapped up by the Coolmore team with Peter & Ross Doyle and Watership Down Stud offered a gorgeous DUBAWI colt out of Nature Spirits, who was purchased by John Ferguson, for Godolphin.
Tattersalls BOOK 2 brought yet more excitement to the table. Another clearance rate of 86% and one more top ten lot, in the shape of Mount Coote’s beautiful SEA THE STARS colt out of Scarlet And Gold. Blandford Bloodstock acquired the colt for 260,000 guineas.
Overall for the yearling sales alone, taking out our withdrawals, 205 filmed yearlings were sold at public auction throughout 2016, 184 of these were sold leaving us with a clearance rate of 90%.
Furthermore, we enjoyed phenomenal results during our new venture with Lycetts at the HORSES IN TRAINING sale this year. From an eventual 41 horses to go through the ring (after several gut wrenching withdrawals including the likes of YUFTEN), 38 of these were sold (a whopping 93%). Besides this, 97% of these were sold above the average price and 100% of these were sold above the median price.
Taking this into account, we had an additional 3 top tens’, embracing Roger Charlton’s’ CLOUDBERRY (Pivotal), who was subsequently purchased by Ghassim Al Ghazali for 310,000 guineas, after his perfectly timed win at Newbury just three days prior to the sale, making it FOUR wins on the bounce, from only 5 outings.
Al Ghazali, struck twice when making allowance later in the sale for exciting two year old PLEASELETMEWIN (Power) from the Ralph Beckett stable for 480,000 guineas. Another horse to hit a top ten spot was previously filmed by us for the Goffs London Sale, where he was unfortunately withdrawn. ABOVE N BEYOND (Exceed And Excel) certainly lived up to his name when selling for 230,000 guineas this time around to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock.
We are looking forward to the conclusive breeding stock sales to round of our year nicely. Keep an eye out for some lovely mares being profiled over the next week.