The median price rose 33.3% from 2008 during the opening session of the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale Oct. 26 in England. However, the gross revenue and average price suffered moderate setbacks, falling 12.6% and 11.1%, respectively.
Redford, a 4-year-old gelding, was the most expensive horse sold at 130,000 guineas (approximately $222,500). A son of Bahri, Redford was a three-time winner for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing before he was purchased by agent Stephen Hillen for Marwan Koukash. Michael Bell’s Fitzroy House Stables was the consignor.
The first session results included a gross of 3,717,300 guineas ($6,3620,000) for the 231 horses that sold. The average was 16,092 guineas ($27,500), and the median was 10,000 guineas. The clearance rate was 82.5%
Last year, the 235 horses that sold grossed 4,254,300 guineas and averaged 18,103 guineas. The median was 7,500 guineas, and the clearance rate was 79.7%.