CHAMPS ELYSEES has made a promising start with his first runners this year, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by buyers at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

His two yearlings catalogued on the first day of book 1 fetched an impressive 170,000 guineas and 105,000 guineas respectively.

Lot 147 - a bay colt out of Silver Star (Zafonic) - was sold by Glenvale Stud, Ireland, to agent Charlie Gordon-Watson for 170,000 guineas. The dam is a full-sister to champion two-year-old Xaar from the family of BATED BREATH.

Gordon Watson commented: "He's a good moving, quality colt, and is to be trained by Luca Cumani."

Early in the first session of Book 1 lot 18 - a bay colt out of Millistar (Galileo) - was knocked down to agent Fiona Shaw for 105,000 guineas.

Shaw confirmed that the attractive colt had been bought for Marc Keller, an American owner with horses in training with Marco Botti in the UK.

"I am very pleased to have bought this colt as the sire has made a promising start with his first two-year-old runners," said Shaw. "He was a nice strong individual with a good outlook."

The colt was bred and consigned by the renowned Meon Valley Stud.

CHAMPS ELYSEES's brother DANSILI's continuing success at the highest level was also reflected at Tattersalls yesterday, with lot 104 - consigned by Hascombe & Valiant Stud - selling to John Warren for 525,000 guineas.

The colt was purchased on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, and will go into training with Luca Cumani.

"For me he was one of the top colts this week, I liked everything about him," said Warren. "There were not many DANSILI colts to get, he really is a Classic prospect."

This was the third-highest price ever achieved at Tattersalls by Hascombe & Valiant Stud for a yearling.


Yearlings by OASIS DREAM meanwhile are always amongst the highlights at Tattersalls - and two Tattersalls Millions winners last weekend only further boosted their sire's profile. His top lot on day 1 was lot 166, a colt out of the Listed winning mare Splashdown. Consigned by Highclere Stud, the colt sold to Rob Speers, acting on behalf of Mr Vefa Araci, for 370,000 guineas.

Date: 9 October 2013