Tattersalls October Sales Finish Successfully
by Mark Popham
Date Posted: 10/17/2003 6:01:17 PM

Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale (Part 2) continued the trend seen at the more upmarket October (Part 1) and Houghton Sales at the Newmarket auction house when finishing Friday night.

With over 200 more lots than in its 2002 guise as the Autumn Yearling Sale, the catalogue generated a 117% rise in aggregate to 3,520,800 guineas.

The 9,121gns average and 5,200gns median were also records and the clearance rate remained at around 69%, as it had been in 2002.

Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said: "We have experienced three momentous yearling sales this month, and this week's newly branded 'October Yearling Sale Part 2' has been just as successful in its way as its more glamorous counterparts, the Houghton and October Part 1.

"We have seen records across the board, and without doubt the crucial feature has been the new date for the fixture. We have always found this week to be a great week for a yearling sale and moving the sale from its traditional position at the end of the Autumn Horses in Training Sale has been a resounding success.

"In total we have catalogued more than 50% more yearlings this week than at the same sale last year, but just as with the Houghton and Part 1 of the October Yearling Sale, we have been delighted by the overall standard of the catalogue. And again, despite the numbers, the quality has not gone unnoticed by the buyers.

"As well as wide margin records for average, median and turnover, we have had nearly 50 yearlings sell for 20,000 guineas or more, compared with 13 at this sale last year, and a top price of 92,000 guineas, almost double the 47,000 guineas top price in 2002.

"Demand for quality individuals has been sustained from start to finish, which is the hallmark of a successful yearling sale, and a tribute to the changes made to the date and format of the sale."

The 56,000gns sale record – set only 24 hours earlier – was broken no less than three times Friday night. Two lots made 60,000gns and pride of place going to trainer William Haggas, who paid 92,000gns for a Xaar (GB) filly out of Hamsah (Ire) consigned for Lady Herries' Angmering Park Stud from Kingwood Stud.

COMPARATIVE FIGURES
Friday

YR/CAT/OFF/SOLD/AGG/AVG/MED
2003/167/141/100/991,600/9,916/5,100
2002 (no comparable figures)

Total Sale
YR/CAT/OFF/SOLD/AGG/AVG/MED
2003/635/555/386/3,520,800/9,121/5,200
2002/418/358/247/1,624,300/6,575/4,500


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