The Tattersalls October yearling sale in England was on course for a record average by the time business closed Friday night. After four days, the average was running at 44,498 guineas - compared to the 41,567 guineas in 2000 that was the previous best . During Friday's morning and evening sessions, 134 lots were sold for a gross of 3,034,000 guineas, an average of 22,641 guineas, and a median of 20,000 guineas.
The sale is scheduled to end on Saturday.
The morning session Friday was topped by a racy Hernando colt out of the Machiavellian mare Oops Pettie, offered from locally-based Gay Slater's Stradishall Manor Stud. Irish agent Brian Grassick was the buyer, going to 120,000 guineas to shake off Anthony Bromley and other bidders.
"He was the pick of the last two days - I would be home now if it wasn't for him," said Grassick. "He is going to Dermot Weld to race for the same partnership I bought a 325,000-guineas Grand Lodge colt for earlier in the week."
The very last lot into the ring Friday night also brought 120,000 guineas. She was a half-sister to this year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) winner Where Or When and, it was no surprise that it was that colt's trainer Terry Mills who outlasted Mark Johnston for the Night Shift filly, offered by Ann Egan from Joe Hernon's Castletown Stud.
"She walks like Where Or When and has a lot of his attitude," said Mills. "She's a natural and I'll probably keep her for my wife Beryl."