October – the first half of the month is completely taken-up by the mammoth & prestigious Tattersalls October yearling sales and then the emphasis switches to horses-in-training for the world’s biggest sale of its type, also held at Tattersalls.

I bought seven yearlings during the three long books of the Tattersalls October Sales.  Guy Brook, who I bought Haynes Hanson & Clarke winner Cavaleiro for at this same Tattersalls sale in 2010, was again keen to secure a couple of nice prospects.  So trainer Marcus Tregoning and I selected an easy moving Nayef colt out of Group 2 performer Emerald Peace (100,000 Guineas) and a sharp looking Holy Roman Emperor filly from Sleepytime’s family (80,000 Guineas).  I also bought a lovely Hernando colt off top breeders Airlie Stud for Mark Ford, as a reinvestment following the part sale of his WentTheDayWell to Team Valor – the colt will be trained by Ed McMahon.  A purchase that particularly pleased me was a Dylan Thomas colt for 13,500 Guineas that will be trained by Jedd O’Keefe for the Ebor at York – nothing like a long term plan!

The Tattersalls Horses-in-Training sale has normally been a busy sale for me but this year many of my overseas buyers were feeling the crunch, despite good results on the racecourse for them in 2011, and they decided that this was the year to be sensible and sit it out.  More than understandable in these tough times.  Fawzi Nass added two horses to his training team by buying Listed winning 2yo ForeverTheOptimist for 75,000 Guineas.  He will travel to Dubai to be trained by Fawzi and join the promising Krypton Factor at the Carnival.

A good few nice winners on the racecourse but it was frustrating to get a string of seconds in the better races.  Gerard Butler’s PACHATTACK ran her heart out again to be second again in a Grade 1 – this time the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland beaten only a ½ length.  She has earned a crack at the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic – the feature race on the Friday of the Championships.

Bryan Smart’s EXCELLETTE was second in two Listed races – Redcar Two Year Old Trophy & Newmarket Bosra Sham Fillies Stakes.  She has now won twice and been placed in four Listed races – she’s never been out of the first 4 home in 9 races – not bad for a 23,000 Guineas yearling.

TEMIDA won a the Group 3 Premio Verziere in Milan to back-up what a good buy her half-sister, ThousandKissesDeep, was in the Tattersalls July Sale – only 20,000 Guineas.

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