13/1/10: A bumper entry of 408 two-year-olds, with purchase prices ranging from 5,000 guineas through to 700,000 guineas, has been made for the Tattersalls Millions, a series of eight races offering a total of £1.75 million in prize money.

All of the races, run both this year and next over distances from six to 10 furlongs, will take place at Newmarket and the Tattersalls Millions is the most extensive sales race series ever run in the Northern Hemisphere.

The races are only open to horses from Book 1 of the 2009 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and owners will pay a total of £4,000 for their horses to run.

The first race, the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies’ Auction Stakes, will be run over six furlongs at Newmarket’s July Course on 28 August while the eighth and final race in the series takes place over 10 furlongs at the end of June, 2011.

Among those targeting the series are the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate, who have six entries including a 150,000 guineas Mr Greeley colt out of the Prix Marcel Boussac winner Sulk.

“I think that expanding the series to eight races is a great help to owners – it gives more opportunities, especially for the three-year-olds – and the variety of distances is also a great incentive,” said Harry Herbert, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Managing Director.

“The Mr Greeley colt that is going to Sir Michael Stoute was one our most expensive yearlings last year but he is out of a Group One-winning mare. He is a very imposing horse who is currently being broken with Malcolm Bastard before heading off to Sir Michael in around two or three weeks time.

“He’s actually quite a strong looking horse – I suspect that he is going to be more of an autumn two-year-old because he looks a good-sized horse with plenty of improvement on him.”

Highclere’s entries also include a 110,000 guineas Danehill Dancer filly with Jeremy Noseda, a 100,000 guineas Cadeaux Genereux colt with William Haggas, a 95,000 guineas son of Cacique trained by Michael Jarvis, a 72,000 guineas Danehill Dancer filly with Richard Hannon and a Haggas-trained son of Oasis Dream who was bought privately.

“I think that Cacique only had 28 foals due to fertility issues but this colt looks a really good-looking prospect and is very much a three-year-old in the making. He is going the right way but he should be a late summer starter who won’t be seen at his best until next year,” continued Herbert.

“On the other hand, our Oasis Dream colt out of Wyola looks very precocious and he looks a real two-year-old in the making – neat, strong, very athletic. He is already skipping up Warren Hill for William Haggas and he is most likely to be seen to best effect as a juvenile.

“We also have a Cadeaux Genereux colt with William and he’s a bigger horse who is more likely to be seen well into the second half of the season. He’s quite a strong and imposing individual with a similar stamp to Bonus, who was a  useful sprinter for us with Richard Hannon.

“The two Danehill Dancer fillies that we have entered both look very forward – the one we have sent to Jeremy Noseda is particularly precocious – she is bright in her skin and could be our first juvenile runner of the season. I was very taken with her when I saw her last week and she could be a filly for Royal Ascot at the moment.

“It was tough to buy at Book 1 last year and it was nice to be able to get yearlings by stallions like Mr Greeley and Danehill Dancer at a decent price. I am hopeful that one or two of them will be able to run in one or more of the Tattersalls Millions races.

“We have been fortunate to win Tattersalls sales races with Tiger Eye and Tamarisk in the past and they are great to have a crack at. The fact that there are now eight races makes the concept even more appealing.”

The 700,000 guineas Book 1 sale-topper, an Oasis Dream colt trained by Aidan O’Brien for Derrick Smith, is the dearest entry although those engaged cover a full spectrum of prices.

George Washington’s as yet unnamed only foal, a filly bought for 320,000 guineas by owner Julie Wood and in training with Richard Hannon, has been entered. Meanwhile, also engaged is a Danehill Dancer three-parts brother to George Washington in training with William Haggas.

Footballer Michael Owen has several entries trained at his Cheshire stable by Tom Dascombe, including a 200,000 guineas Cadeaux Genereux filly he shares with Betfair founder Andrew Black.

Sir Robert Ogden has expanded his team of Flat trainers this year and a 650,000 guineas Galileo colt named Olympiad, bought by the owner, has joined Dermot Weld. Appropriately Weld’s mother Gita bred the colt.

As well as Jeremy Noseda, who previously oversaw the bulk of Ogden’s Flat string, he also has Tattersalls Millions entries trained by Richard Fahey, Brian Meehan, Sir Michael Stoute and David Wachman.

The Maktoum family are well represented among the entries while Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, from the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, has three entered, all trained by Henry Cecil. These include the 475,000 guineas colt Durante Alighieri and a 350,000 guineas Danehill Dancer filly.

Gerard Augustin-Normand, who raced last season’s French Derby winner Le Havre, has 11 entries including the 180,000 guineas filly Arromanches, from the final crop of Sadler’s Wells.

Meanwhile another significant buyer at last year’s sale was Andrew Tinkler, CEO of the Eddie Stobart haulage firm, who has three entries in Shamdarley (90,000 guineas), Well Sharp (80,000 guineas) and Firstknight (80,000 guineas) split between Michael Dods and Tom Dascombe.

Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented: “We are delighted with the number of entries for the £1,750,000 Tattersalls Millions. To have more than 400 entries is a wonderful endorsement of the all new Tattersalls Millions which is the best value sales race series ever devised in Europe.

“When we made the changes to the Tattersalls Millions last year we were aiming to produce a series which allowed horses from all levels of Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale to compete for six figure prize money and it is terrific that owners have supported it so wholeheartedly.”

Newmarket’s Director of Racing Michael Prosser said: “I am thrilled by the initial entry for the Tattersalls Millions series, which is open to all horses that were catalogued in Book 1 of last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sales.

“The increase in numbers is especially satisfying and indicates that the new formula has captured the imagination of owners and trainers alike.

“The series, which was first staged in 2008, has evolved to offer substantial prize funds over a number of different stages.

“I am particularly excited about the inaugural £150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3yo Trophy, which will be held at the 2011 Craven meeting.

“This valuable race offers three-year-old sprinters an ideal starting-point for their campaigns and I’m sure will be a very useful addition to the programme book.”

The Tattersalls Millions 2010/11

TWO-YEAR-OLD RACES

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

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

 

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

Newmarket Rowley Mile, fillies only, 17 September 2010

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Newmarket Rowley Mile, fillies only, 2 October 2010

THREE-YEAR-OLD RACES

£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