Records tumbled on the on the final day of Tattersalls premier yearling sale which saw the most expensive yearling sold in the world this year.
The Galileo colt was bought for 2.6m guineas by Coolmore Stud’s John Magnier after bidding had started at just 5,000 guineas.
Lot 442, is a half-brother to the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Harbinger Last week’s sale also set new records for turnover, average and median for a single day and the whole sale whose turnover, which fell narrowly short of 80 million guineas, was also the highest for a European sale in auction history.
“Book 1 of last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale scaled some enormous heights which makes the record returns at this year’s renewal even more remarkable,” said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony.
“The key to the consistent success of the sale can be seen on the cover of the catalogue. Derby winner Australia and 2,000 Guineas winner Night of Thurnder were both bought at Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale two years ago and the buyers here this week have been enticed by the very real prospect of finding future Classic winners or champions amongst the magnificent yearlings that the consignors bring to Book 1 year after year.”
Also on the final day celebrity chef Bobby Flay spent 1,250,000 guineas on a three parts sister to Derby hero Pour Moi .
Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser, who spent more than 17 million guineas over the three day sale, spent eight million of that total on the final day, including 1,000,000 guineas for the first foal of Park Hill Stakes winner Meeznah by Darley sire Street Cry who died last month.
On Monday , Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale got off to a flying start, with John Ferguson prominent again going to 370,000, the highest price seen at the sale since 2008, for the son of another Darley sire Shamardal .