No 17



On October 3, 2006 we attended "Tattersall's October Yearling Sale Part 1".
 I believe the horse has been named Nexus, was early entered for the 2008 Derby but as of that date (June 7) has not been run.
We were particularly interested in No 17 A Chestnut Colt Pivotal out of Bordighera
He sold for 1.2 million guineas ! to John Ferguson We eagerly awaited the name so we can follow his career

Sibling to George Washington tops day one of Tattersalls sale

A half brother to Europe's leading miler, George Washington, proved the pick when Part 1 of Tattersalls October yearling sale opened in Newmarket on Tuesday..........................

A chesnut son of Cheveley Park stallion Pivotal out of Bordighera, by Alysheba, the May foal was purchased for $2,378,400 by Darley representative John Ferguson while his boss, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, observed from nearby.

The sale was another success for Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables, owners of Bordighera, who, in addition to George Washington—a $2,050,335 yearling—also has produced three-time Group 1 winner Grandera.

Surprisingly, the Coolmore Stud team that owns George Washington, a son of their late stallion Danehill, took no part in the transaction, and it was left to bloodstock agent Tony Nerses to take the fight to Ferguson.

Nerses bought Araafa, subsequent conqueror of George Washington in this year's Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1), at Tattersalls for about $267,345 two years ago. That colt proved a worthy investment when sold recently as a stallion to Newmarket's Plantation Stud, but his former owners' valuation of Tuesday's star billing came up short of Darley's.

"The price didn't surprise me—I thought that would be about his level," Ferguson said. "He's a different horse to George Washington. He's a Pivotal with size and scope, whereas George Washington is a flashier individual.

"I doubt this one will be an early type, but hopefully, he'll make up into an exciting three-year-old."


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