The three-day Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale ended Thursday, with the British auction sale company reporting the second-highest average price in the history of the sale. Tattersalls reported 1130 yearlings sold for a total of 28,563,000 guineas, with an average price of 219,715 and a median of 160,000 guineas.
"The three weeks leading into this sale have been dominated not only by human tragedy but also by global financial uncertainty from which none of us are immune," Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said. "But this week has shown an undiminished appetite for the sport of racing at the highest level, and a refusal of people to be deterred from conducting their business, and pleasure, by acts of terrorism.
"We knew that yet again we had a top class Houghton catalog, and we have seen trade very similar to last year's record breaking Houghton," Mahony continued. " We have had an average in excess of 200,000 guineas for only the second time, a record median, three seven figure yearlings, a record for a yearling by a first season sire, and some notable pinhooking triumphs. Year on year buyers are drawn to the Houghton Sale in the knowledge that they will find the cream of the European yearling crop, and this year has been no exception."
The highlight of the sale came Wednesday when a Desert Prince colt brought 2,300,000 guineas ($3,519,000) at the Tattersalls Houghton sale. The price was the third-highest ever for a yearling sold in Europe.
The colt, out of Irish champion Park Express, was purchased by Michael Goodbody for Sheikh Maktoum's Gainsborough Stud. He outbid John Magnier of Coolmore for the half-brother to champion filly Dazzling Park and Japanese group I winner Shinko Forest.
The colt was sold by Seamus Burns' Lodge Park Stud in Ireland. His family raced Park Express, having purchased her at the 1984 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
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