Piste Noire, a 3-year-old unraced daughter of Diesis, was the most expensive horse sold on the Tattersalls December mare sale’s third day, bringing 340,000 guineas ($594,161 in U.S. funds). The median price for the session, which was held Dec. 2 in England, was up 23.1% from 2008. The gross revenue and average price dropped 17.6% and 18.1%, respectively.
Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff, who was standing alongside Ashtown House Stud’s Paul Shanahan (a Coolmore Stud associate), purchased Piste Noire. She is a full sister to English champion and group III winner Three Valleys, who captured the 2005 Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) in course record time for a mile of 1:32.21 and the 2006 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park in course record time for 1 1/16 miles of 1:40.06. Their winning dam, Skiable (by Niniski), finished second in the 1994 Matching Stakes at Del Mar.
Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms consigned Piste Noire.
The day’s gross revenue for the 161 horses that sold was 6,112,800 guineas ($10,682,320). The average was 37,968 guineas ($66,344), and the median was 16,000 guineas ($27,956).
The clearance rate was 74.9%, up from 69.3% in 2008.