Coolmore win the battle of the Flat superpowers on final day
The final day of the 2020 Book One Yearling sale saw arguably the most anticipated pedigree pages offered at Park Paddocks this week with the annual highlight due to come through the ring in the form of Lot 436 – a Galileo filly out of the mare Shastye.
The filly, who is a full sister to the likes of current Coolmore inmates Mogul and Japan as well as Qatar Racing’s star Secret Gesture, caught the attention of both of those camps once again. As bidding flew through the million guineas marker it was clear that both MV Magnier for Coolmore and David Redvers for Qatar Racing had no intention of letting this star filly go easily. But it was Magnier who finally managed to secure the regally bred offering for the sale topping price of 3.4 million guineas – the most expensive filly to be sold anywhere in the world this year.
"It is a great result for everybody involved, she has been bought in partnership with Westerberg," said MV Magnier. "She is a very nice filly, she is a very nice mover, like Japan and Mogul. The mare produces great-looking stock and great racehorses, let's hope is she does it one more time."
Newsells Park Stud bred and consigned the filly and general manager Julian Dollar was more than delighted with the result and keen to heap praise on the family:
“To be honest, selling a horse of that quality is very easy. It’s not an easy market at the moment as I am sure plenty of people have said, but selling one like that is a pleasure and extremely easy but she deserves all the credit, as does the mare who has been wonderful for Newsells Park.”
Shastye has indeed been wonderful for the operation as a broodmare and now has quite the most incredible and unique record. She has produced six winners from seven runners and five of her yearlings have now made upwards of one million guineas with three of those yearlings costing more than three million guineas and her total yearling sales at Tattersalls adding up to more than 14 million guineas. At the age of 19 it is safe to say that Shastye has, quite literally, produced the goods year in and year out. A mare of a lifetime for her owners and one that would be near impossible to replace.
Earlier in the day MV Magnier had gone to 2,800,000gns for another Galileo filly – this time Lot 374, the first foal out of the Grade 2 winner Prize Exhibit who herself is a full sister to the miler of the season – Mohaather.
Magnier said of the filly: "These kind of fillies are collectors' items, with Galileo and how he is doing as a broodmare sire. She is just exceptional. Sheikh Hamdan's horse was a very good horse, and it is a very active pedigree."
Over the three days a total of nine horses broke through the million guineas marker but those lofty results can only go so far to conceal the realities of the industry. In terms of statistics in comparison to 2019 the aggregate was down by 20%, with the average price of a Book One yearling tumbling by 13%. Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony spoke in the aftermath of the sale:
“In terms of the market, none of us can pretend that all is plain sailing and a slightly lower clearance rate reflects prevailing commercial realities from which none of us are immune, but we can also reflect on a resilience and sustained demand for quality yearlings in spite of the wider challenges. Book 1 of the 2020 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has yet again produced the highest price for a yearling sold in Europe and North America, as well as the highest-priced yearling filly in the world and three of the ten highest prices ever at this fixture.”
The top of the purchasers table looked somewhat similar to last year. Six of the top 10 lots were brought by Godolphin – with Sheikh Mohammad’s operation taking home a total of 22 yearlings for 16,430,000gns. In 2019 the same team purchased 19 yearlings for 17,575,000gns.
Over the past three days MV Magnier signed for 14 yearlings on behalf of the Coolmore team, a total spend of 9,780,000gns. In 2019 MV Magnier signed for just five yearlings for a total of 4,885,000gns.
One of the notable changes to the 2020 top purchasers table was Shadwell Estates who, 12 months previously, brought 19 yearlings for 7,175,000gns. This year Sheikh Hammdam’s operation signed for just 10 yearlings at a total cost of 3,040,000gns.
In terms of the sires it was a case of some things never change. Galileo still reigned supreme with 14 lots selling for 11,610,000gns. Dubawi sits just behind him, closely followed by Juddmonte’s Kingman and Frankel.
As the curtain falls on Book 1 there is no getting away from the reduced figures in comparison to 2019 but many around Park Paddocks would also tell you that they were expecting a more severe drop. As the yearling show rolls on to next week where Book 2 commences the general feeling is that 2020 is a year where simply survival is counted as a success.