European breeze-up record at Tattersalls

A High Chaparral colt smashed the European record for a breeze-up horse at Tattersalls on Wednesday.

The record was broken for the second straight year when Ross Doyle secured lot 44 (out of the Pivotal mare Abunai) on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing.

The record sale helped the turnover soar 35% to 5,403,000 guineas with the average and median up 49% and 46% to 117,457 guineas and 76,000 guineas respectively.

The previous record at a European breeze up was set last year when a colt, subsequently named Great White Eagle, sold for 760,000 guineas.

However, this only lasted 12 months until the High Chaparral colt, consigned from Jim McCarten's Gaybrook Lodge Stud, was knocked down to Doyle after he saw off the determined efforts of Jamie McCalmont, stood with Paul Shanahan, Michael Tabor and MV Magnier.

The sale represented a massive result for the vendors who purchased him at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale for 41,000 guineas.

Following the sale, McCarten commented; "I loved the colt from the moment I bought him and he has done everything right since, never missed a day."

"The first time I worked him, you could see he was special and the lads riding have always been mad about him. I never expected that, but this is what we are all in the game for."

Purchaser Doyle said: "He was the stand-out here - easily the best in the sale, he is a lovely, beautiful horse. He could be a superstar."