The Ascot Yearling Sale, the first of its kind to be held at the World-famous racecourse got off to a promising start concluding on an aggregate of £787,500, a median of £7,000 and an average of £9,265. The clearance rate was an encouraging 75%.
The highlight of the sale was consigned by Houghton Bloodstock. A Sepoy colt out of the Listed placed dam Anosti, was knocked down to Tom Malone and Megan Nicholls for £47,000 (Lot 88). The pair finished as top purchasers, also securing Lot 9 earlier in the day, a Mayson colt out of five-time winner La Fortunata from Upperwood Farm & Stud for £25,000, the third highest price on the day.
The second highest price at the first Ascot Yearling Sale was bought by agent Gill Richardson. The Clodovil colt (Lot 59), a half-brother to SHEDIAK, a Listed winner in America, was knocked down for £36,000 and sold by Stratford Place Stud.
Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock purchased the next top lots; Lot 113, a bonny filly by Dandy Man out of the dam Fiancee from Llety Farms and Lot 104, a Swiss Spirit filly who is the first produce out of Dolly Daydreamer, a close relation to MISS ANABAA from Oakshott Bloodstock. The pair were knocked down for £24,000 a piece. Doyle’s other purchase was Lot 111, a Cityscape colt from Minster Stud for £23,000.
At the conclusion of the first Ascot Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Ireland Director Richard Pugh commented;
“We are delighted with the results from our first Yearling Sale at Ascot. The support from clients, trainers and agents ensured a real buzz around the sales arena throughout yesterday’s viewing day and the sale today. Today’s sales gives us the foundation to build on in 2018. Ascot Sales is gaining the industry’s confidence as a venue for sourcing reputable flat performers as illustrated by the recent Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Winner Sands Of Mali.
A lot of hard work has gone in to producing and promoting the Ascot Yearling Sale catalogue and I would personally like to thank the Tattersalls team who were involved in making today a success.”