As the leaves turn to various hues of gold, the pulse begins to race for bloodstock and racing fans alike, with a magical series of sales and races.
Newmarket has launched the Gold Season for 2019 which truly depicts the magnificent atmosphere, world class racing, outstanding sales and often glorious weather at a special time of the year.
At Tattersalls, expectations will be high once again as the October Yearling Sales get underway, with Book 1 and Book 2 in particular, attracting the very best in bloodstock and buyers and sellers from around the world.
Course Specialist was delighted to speak recently with Jason Singh, Marketing Manager at Tattersalls, ahead of these keenly-anticipated sales.
When did the October Sales first take place?
The October Yearling Sale has been going for many decades although the creation of Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale as Europe’s premier yearling sale started in 2004 when the sale superseded the Houghton Yearling Sale which had its last year in 2003.
What is the history and what have been the standout highlights in the history of the Sales?
The highest priced yearling filly ever sold was undoubtedly a highlight when the Galileo filly out of Alluring Park sold for 5 million guineas in 2013. The sale has also produced the top priced yearling in the World for the last seven years.
What dates do the Sales take place in 2019
Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale takes place from October 8-10, with Book 2 taking place October 14 – 16 and then Book 3 on October 17 – 18 and Book 4 on October 18.
How many horses will go through the sales ring during October?
In total about 2,000 yearlings over the two weeks of selling.
Tell me about the Book 1 highlight; when does this take place and what makes this event stand out each year?
Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale is arguably the number one yearling sale in the world and the sale attracts the cream of the European yearling crop. That in turn attracts buyers from all over the world, who want to buy the finest colts and fillies from the best families on the market.
Is Book 1 exclusive to yearlings and how are they selected?
Yes, it is Europe’s premier yearling sale and the process of selection starts in the early spring when they start inspection of more than 5,000 yearlings. Those yearlings are then placed in the sale that we think will suit them best to maximise their return.
How many months of preparation go into the Book 1 Sale?
We start taking entries in January and February and the process for cataloguing all of the Books of the October Yearling Sale starts then although it’s only in June and July that we start to pull it all together prior to going to print in early August.
Bataash and Blue Point were graduates of Book 1 who landed Group One races in 2019. Which top class racehorses have gone through the Book 1 Sales down the years?
The sale gets a plethora of top class racehorses every year with Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas winner PHOENIX OF SPAIN flying the flag this year, but there have been plenty of Derby winners come from the sale including AUSTRALIA and CAMELOT. BLUE POINT, FAIRYLAND and JAPAN have also scored at the highest level in 2019.
What were the standout sales in 2018 and have any of these yearlings gone on to make a significant mark as two year-olds?
There were 14 yearlings that realised 1,000,000 guineas or more in 2018 which is a pretty remarkable level and they have included MOGUL who cost 3.4m guineas who won the Group 2 Champions Juvenile Stakes and looks exciting. The Group 2 May Hill Stakes winner POWERFUL BREEZE was a 50,000 guineas purchase and there are any number of exciting winners out there who will undoubtedly make the mark on the Pattern in the months to come and next year.
Is there a Bonus on offer this year and what is it?
Yes, the £25,000 October Book 1 Bonus is open only to graduates of Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale and gives owners a unique chance to earn fantastic prize money just by winning their Maiden or Novice race as a two-year-old. So far we have paid out 183 bonuses over the four years of the scheme for more than £4.5m guineas.
Which new stallions do you believe will make their mark in the coming weeks?
There are plenty of exciting young stallions at the moment, with MUHAARAR, GLENEAGLES, NIGHT OF THUNDER and CABLE BAY all making their presence felt and there will undoubtedly be others amongst the first season sires to show up in the future.
What are the remaining sales at Tattersalls in 2019?
After the October Yearling Sale there is a week off, so to speak, followed by the Autumn Horses in Training Sale. After that we have the two week long December Sale made up of a day of Yearlings, four days of foals and four days of breeding stock.
Upon reflection, in the year to date, has 2019 been a good year or a challenging one for the bloodstock industry?
The bloodstock market in Europe and specifically the UK has been booming during the last couple of years and the quality of stallions standing in Europe is strong than it has been for decades. There are plenty of overseas buyers who are attracted to buy bloodstock here as a result. But there is also the problem of overproduction that has undoubtedly been a challenge for everyone over the last couple of years.
What are your hopes for the industry in 2020 and what do you see as the big challenges ahead?
The uncertainty over Brexit obviously is making business more difficult at the moment, and resolving that will at least provide some certainty. The number of yearlings being bought to market has also presented challenges and we are working hard to try and find buyers both at the top and bottom of the market.
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