Tattersalls' December Foal Sale began in Newmarket, England on Wednesday, with the weakest of the four days. But the 7,944 guineas average was still up by 12% over last year's record and the 5,000 guineas median was up 25%. The session aggregate of 1,421,900 guineas for an expanded catalogue was virtually double the 2002 figure.
The top price was just 40,000 guineas -- a fraction of the sums that will be made later in the week -- for an athletic son of Fraam offered for a partnership from West Moor Stud.
Agent Gill Richardson outbid pinhooker Eddie O'Leary, owner of Lynn Lodge Stud in County Westmeath, for the colt. "He was bought to race for a client and was a fabulous athletic colt," said Richardson.
A Lujain colt out of the unraced Petardia mare Georgianna was bought for 39,000 guineas by Oliver Gaisford St. Lawrence from the Swinburn family's locally-based Genesis Green Stud. He was also bought for racing, rather than resale, on behalf of an existing client of Gaisford St Lawrence.
The sale continues Thursday.