Business brisk at Tatts Book 2

Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale got under way at Tattersalls on Monday with five lots topping the 200,000-guineas mark on the opening session of the three-day sale, whilst a total of 37 yearlings sold for 100,000 guineas or more.

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Maktoum: Still spending money at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales.

The opening session saw a total of 200 lots sell for 12,565,500 guineas at an average of 62,828 guineas and a median price of 50,000 guineas.

The sale-topping lot on the opening day was a chestnut colt by Shamardal out of the Kings Best mare Dehbanu.

Consigned by Barry Mahon's Mountain View Stud, the colt was knocked down to Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager Angus Gold for 250,000 guineas after a lengthy bidding battle with BBA Ireland's Patrick Cooper.

"We bought the mare here on her first covering here in-foal to Lope De Vega," said Mahon. "This colt has always been a lovely type, a good walker, and a real two-year-old."

That first Lope de Vega foal was named Barbarous and is the winner of two races in Italy and rated 104, while the three-quarters relation to this colt, Dubai Prince, is himself a dual Group Three winner.

Newmarket trainer Roger Varian was one of the leading buyers at Book 1 of the Sale, signing for 13 yearlings for more than 4,000,000 guineas and he continued where he left off when buying a further seven yearlings on Monday. This was led by a 210,000-guineas colt by Iffraaj from Michael Fitzpatrick's Kilminfoyle House Stud.

"He has been bought for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid," reported Varian. "He is a well related and really nice colt. He should make up into a summer two-year-old, but looks to have the scope to train on."

The sale represented a pinhooking triumph for his owners, having purchased him as a foal for €55,000.

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