SOLARIO RACING struck early yesterday at Tattersalls Yearling Sales, purchasing the eighth lot of the day, a lovely, good moving colt by Group One winner and Cheveley Park stallion, Garswood.
They say the early bird catches the worm. Well, yesterday certainly paid to be up early as the number of bidders present soon after the sale opened at 9.30am was a fraction of those who were around by mid-day. This undoubtedly had a bearing on the purchase price of just 15,000 guineas which was below the initial asking price by the auctioneer.
Despite the recession since 2008, bloodstock sales have been on the up each year. Only last week, MV Magnier purchased a Galileo colt on the opening day of Book One for 3.4 millions guineas, the highest price paid for a yearling anywhere in the world this year and that was topped two days later when a Dubawi colt, a full-brother to Too Darn Hot and Lah Ti Dar went through the ring for 3.5 million guineas.
Fortunately it is a little easier to buy at Book Three but it’s still wise to do plenty of homework beforehand to seek out that potential superstar at the right price! So, after poring through the catalogue beforehand, Wednesday was spent looking at 117 yearlings!
After narrowing them down to a shortlist, it was time to get them vetted before entering the auction ring. The colt by Garswood, Lot 1331, duly passed the vet and this lovely moving colt went through the ring some ten minutes after proceedings began.
Garswood was a black type winner at two, three and four years of age and the Richard Fahy-trained son of Dutch Art’s finest hour was success in the Group One Maurice De Gheest over 6 1/2 furlongs at Deauville.
The dam, Pachanga, by Inchinor has a great record with her offspring with five winners from seven runners, including black type Pachinaaj. The pedigree is full of black type including 2000 Guineas winner, Footstepsinthesand and Champion 2yo filly in Europe, Superstar Leo.
The colt will be syndicated in 1/12th shares and like four-times winner, Spring Romance, will be trained by Dean Ivory.