Tuesday, 29 May 2012
: The Curragh's classic weekend was a triumph for graduates of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale as the Guineas double went to Power and Samitar.
Their victories follow the Newmarket 2000 Guineas success of another October 1 graduate, Camelot, the favourite to win the Derby at Epsom this coming weekend.
The Oasis Dream colt Power put his below par run in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket behind him with an impressive victory in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas for Aidan O'Brien.
Buyers must be kicking themselves after the colt out of the Inhcinor mare Frappe and a half-brother to the G2 Ribblesdale winner Thakafaat, was led out of the ring unsold for 50,000 guineas at the 2010 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 before being sold privately to the Coolmore
Power was consigned to the October 1 Sale by Highclere Stud on behalf of his breeders Norelands Stud and Hugo Lascelles.
Samitar completed the Guineas double for October 1 graduates when she upset the 1000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen by winning the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas.
The Mick Channon trained daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar out of the Rainbow Quest mare Aileen's Gift was another bargain buy, being purchased by Gill Richardson for 39,000 guineas at October 1 from Patrick and Tania Trant's Norman Court Stud.
Following a second in the G1 Fillies' Mile she rounded out her two-year-old year when winning the Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies' Trophy.
She was subsequently sold privately to Martin Schwartz earlier this year, and following below par efforts in the Tattersalls Millions 3YO Sprint and G1 Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches, produced a career best performance at the Curragh.
Power and Samitar have siblings to be offered at the 2012 renewal of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Lofts Hall Stud will offer a Shamardal colt out of Frappe whilst Norman Court Stud will offer a Sixties Icon colt out of Aileen's Gift.
Samitar is the first European classic winner and ninth G1 winner for Coolmore
's Rock Of Gibraltar.
The son of Danehill, a brilliant multiple G1-winning miler, is the sire of 44 Group winners overall from seven crops of racing age.
Samitar is bred on the same Rock Of Gibraltar/Rainbow Quest cross as last season's Prix de Royallieu heroine Sea Of Heartbreak.
She is one of two Albany Stakes winners out of Aileen's Gift following Nijoom Dubai (Noverre). Their unraced dam is a half-sister to useful sprinter Roker Park and to the dam of Gimcrack Stakes winner Shaweel.
The family includes Nassau Stakes winner Optimistic Lass and her Coronation Stakes-winning daughter Golden Opinion.