Tattersalls Sale Soars to Record Levels
Tattersalls October Sale, traditionally the best barometer to the state of the European yearling market, didn't just surpass previous records -- it obliterated them.The final statistics for the sale that ended Oct. 14 were quite staggering. In all, 73 yearlings brought bids of 100,000 guineas (about US$113,400) or more, compared to 19 last year. The records from 1999 for aggregate, average, and median were topped by 49%, 62%, and 37%, respectively.A string of agents and trainers with decent orders went home empty-handed, while there were plenty of breeders and pinhookers who believed Christmas had come early."It was generally agreed that the catalog was exceptional and the buyers
by Mark Popham
Date Posted: 10/16/2000 2:14:59 PM
Last Updated: 10/17/2000 1:38:05 PM
turned up in their battalions to produce a remarkable sale, the like of
which could not have been predicted," said Tattersalls Edmond Mahony.The October record price of 430,000 guineas ($487,000), set in 1997 for a Woodman filly, was broken twice Oct. 12. The new record is now the 450,000 guineas ($510,300) paid by agent Anthony Stroud on behalf of Hong Kong trainer and owner Ivan Allan for a French-bred Darshaan colt offered from Brendan Hayes' Knocktoran Stud.John Ferguson, who acted principally for Godolphin, bought 20 lots for
2,526,000 guineas ($2.86 million), while Sheikh Hamdan's purchased 13
horses for 2,195,000 guineas ($2.49 million).
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