Thursday, July 22, 2010



Horses ranging in yearling price from 5,000 guineas through to 700,000 guineas remain in the Tattersalls Millions races after this week’s scratchings stage as they bid for the great rewards available in the most extensive sales race series ever staged in the northern hemisphere.

The eight races, all run at Newmarket’s two racecourses, offer total prize money of £1.75 million and are held between 28th August this year and the end of June, 2011. They are open to graduates of Book 1 of last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

The most valuable race in the series is the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy, open to colts, gelding and fillies, and staged at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course on Saturday, 2nd October. The seven-furlong contest has a massive 353 entries remaining.

Among the least-expensive horses entered are Child Bride, winner of her only start for trainer Paul Cole, who realised 5,000 guineas in October, while - at the other end of the scale - the 700,000 guineas sale topper, Rudolf Valentino, is also engaged having won a Naas maiden for trainer Aidan O’Brien earlier this month before going on to be third in the Group Three Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh.

Although many of the stars to have passed through last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale have still to show their full potential, some have already made their mark at a high-level this season and remain in the Tattersalls Millions.

Among these are the unbeaten filly Memory, a 72,000 guineas yearling, who is antepost favourite for next year’s 1,000 Guineas following her victory in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket’s Champagne Lanson July Festival.

Jan Vermeer’s three-parts sister Together won the Group Three Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown last week while other classy fillies engaged include the Richard Hannon-trained Date With Destiny, George Washington’s only foal, who could bid to win back her 320,000 guineas yearling cost. Meanwhile, the Luca Cumani-trained Khor Sheed, an easy winner of the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket, cost what now looks a bargain 42,000 guineas as a yearling.

Approve, winner of the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, Formosina, who captured the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh, runaway Listed winner Zoffany and the Richard Hannon-trained Zebedee, a recent Sandown Listed scorer who looks set to start a warm order for next week’s Group Three Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, are among the colts to have made their mark in black-type company so far.

Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented: “With the first race in the eight-race £1,750,000 Tattersalls Millions series just over a month away, it is exciting to see the number of top class two-year-olds out there who are graduates of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 with eight Group/Listed winners already including Memory, the current favourite for next year's 1,000 Guineas.

“The new format for the series, with eight races and entry costs of only £4,000 really hit a chord with owners and it was very gratifying to see the number of two-year-olds staying in at the latest scratchings stage.

"With Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale starting on 5th October, it is worth noting that five of the eight Group/Listed winners were sold for 72,000 guineas or less, demonstrating that the sale is not only Europe's Premier Yearling Sale but also one that provides great value for money."

The Tattersalls Millions 2010/11


£100,000 Tattersalls Millions Auction Stakes, 6 Furlongs,

Newmarket July Course, colts, geldings and fillies, 28th August 2010

£100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies’ Auction Stakes, 6 Furlongs,

Newmarket Rowley Mile, fillies only, 17th September 2010

£200,000 Tattersalls Millions Auction Trophy, 7 Furlongs,

Newmarket Rowley Mile, colts, geldings and fillies, 18th September 2010

£500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy, 7 Furlongs,

Newmarket Rowley Mile, colts, geldings and fillies, 2nd October 2010

£300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies’ Trophy, 7 Furlongs,

Newmarket Rowley Mile, fillies only, 2nd October 2010


£250,000 Tattersalls Millions 3YO Trophy, colts, geldings and fillies,

10 Furlongs, Newmarket Rowley Mile, Craven Meeting 2011

£150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3YO Sprint, colts, geldings and fillies,

6 Furlongs, Newmarket Rowley Mile, Craven Meeting 2011

£150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3YO Cup, colts, geldings and fillies,

10 Furlongs, Newmarket July Course, end June 2011

For further information, please contact:

Jimmy George, Marketing Director of Tattersalls, on 01638 665931;



Tony Rushmer at Newmarket Racecourses on 01638 663482 or 07702 579 382;





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