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Talking Horses: Tattersalls sale set to bring blockbuster yearlings

Prices were buoyant at the Goffs Orby sale last week, thanks in part to the arrival in the market of Phoenix Thoroughbreds

Newmarket takes centre stage in the Flat racing world this week – first with the exclusive Tattersalls Book 1 sale over the next three days, and then with two days out top-class juvenile racing at the Future Champions meeting.

Prices were buoyant, to say the least, at the Goffs Orby sale last week, which is the Irish equivalent of Book 1, thanks in part to the arrival in the market of another major new player in the shape of Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Phoenix describes itself as a “global racing and bloodstock investment group”, and bought the two top lots at the sale, both fillies by Galileo, for €3.2m (£2.8m) and €2m (£1.75m). In both cases, the underbidder who eventually cried enough was none other than MV Magnier, bidding on behalf of his father John’s Coolmore Stud operation. 

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