Tattersalls' largest ever July mixed auction finished Thursday night in England with a sale record gross of 6,316,400 guineas, a 14,621-guinea average that beat the previous best by 3%, and a record median of 9.000 guineas, up 13% from last year."This has been a phenomenal sale from start to finish," said Tattersalls chairman Ed Mahony. "We have achieved a record turnover more than a million guineas clear of last year's record sale, and new highs for average and median, but it has been the clearance rate in excess of 90% that has been the real feature of the three days trade."As ever, overseas buyers have made a huge impact and it is particularly pleasing to see recent promotional visits to various parts of the world bearing instant fruit with new faces making a significant contribution."The domestic demand has also been a revelation and it has been wonderful to see the vendors who have transformed this sale in recent years being rewarded by a fifth record-breaking July sale in a row."The major consignments from the top owner/breeders such as Juddmonte Farms, Darley, Cheveley Park Stud, Shadwell Estates, and Gainsborough Stud are a huge draw for buyers from throughout the world and we look forward to continuing to build on the success of the July sale in the years to come."There were no six-figure transactions during Thursday's final session. The 70,000 guineas for multiple group winner Chancellor, a 7-year-old son of Halling, was the highest price of night. He was bought to join north London trainer Andrew Reid."I may syndicate him and these sort of horses are difficult to find," said Reid.COMPARATIVE FIGURES (In Guineas)Thursday YR CAT OFF SOLD GROSS AV MED 2005 225 138 119 1,567,400 13,171 9,000 2004 111 80 76 1,122,700 14,772 9,500Total Sale YR CAT OFF SOLD GROSS AV MED 2005 707 482 432 6,316,400 14,621 9,000 2004 590 428 367 5,234,000 14,261 8,000
A Gainsborough Stud-bred Indian Ridge colt out a half-sister to Breeders&#8217; Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Lit de Justice brought 25,000 guineas (about $54,000) to top part four of the Tattersalls October yearling sale.