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UK Tatts Yearlings Day-3: $2.805m Galileo Filly
In the UK auction ring, bloodstock agent Charlie Gordon-Watson (acting on behalf of Nurlan Bizakov, the new Kazakhstani owner of Hesmonds Stud in Sussex) out-bid both Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown & Australian Paul Makin to pay top price of 1.7 million guineas (A$2.805m) for a filly by former shuttler & Gr1 English Derby winner Galileo (out of Irish River mare Brigid) during the closing session of the 3-day Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1. The filly (consigned from Mark Dwyer’s Oaks Farm Stables) is a 3-4/sister to Gr1-winners Sequoyah (dam of 4-time Gr1-winning & dual Classic-winning shuttler Henrythenavigator) & Listen. Gordon-Watson commented: “I did not expect her to make so much, it is very exciting. I can't say that I wasn't nervous. I obviously know this family quite well, but I have to say that I think Galileo will be the best stallion we will see in our lifetime. He gets all sorts of Gr1-winners, including 2YOs that his own sire Sadler's Wells did not get. My client is a confident new player, who wants the best. You don't get many opportunities to buy these sort of fillies & they come on the market less & less.” The price was the highest for a yearling in either Europe or North America this year & the highest at the Tattersalls October Sale since this filly’s 3/4-sister Liffey Dancer sold for 2.5 million guineas (A$4.125m) in 2007.