Masani, who is group stakes-placed in Ireland, brought the top price of 250,000 guineas (approximately $409,448) during the second session Tuesday of Tattersalls' autumn horses in training sale in England. John McCormack Bloodstock, acting on the behalf of a Hong Kong-based owner, purchased the 3-year-old son of Indian Ridge from Currabeg Stables, agent for the Aga Khan Studs. Also making bids were California-based trainer Simon Bray, Charlie Gordon-Watson (acting on the behalf of Hong Kong trainer David Oughton), and Andy Smith.
While being trained by John Oxx, Masani finished third this year in the Mozart E.B.F. Tetrarch Stakes (Ire-III) and the Leopardstown Two Thousand Guineas Trial Stakes. His sire's offspring include Domedriver, the upset winner of the Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Masani's price was the second-highest ever at the auction.
Tattersalls reported that 240 horses were sold, in all, Tuesday for a gross of 4,663,600 guineas ($7,637,997) an average of 19,431 guineas ($31,824), and a median of 11,000 guineas ($18,016). Compared to the same session a year ago, the number sold was down by 11.4%, but the gross was up by 8.0%. The average and median increased by 21.9% and 37.5%, respectively. The buy-back rate fell from 9.1% last year to 7.7% this year. In 2001, 271 horses sold for a gross of 4,318,200 guineas, an average of 15,934 guineas, and a median of 8,000 guineas.
The sale runs through Thursday.