The second session of the Book 2 portion of Tattersalls’ October yearling sale posted increases of 3.1% in average price and 6% in median price from 2009. The gross revenue, meanwhile, was down only a little less than 1% Oct. 12 in England.
An Azamour filly was the most expensive horse sold, bringing 240,000 guineas ($401,134 in U.S. funds) from bloodstock agent Dwayne Woods, who indicated he was acting on behalf of Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler.
“For me, she is just a beautiful, beautiful filly – just all class with perfect balance,” Woods said. “She should make up into a 2-year-old but has the scope to go on at 3.”
The immediate underbidder was Angus Gold, representing Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Co.
Seamus Burns’ Lodge Park Stud bred and consigned the filly. Produced from the winning Green Desert mare Flashing Green, the bay yearling is a half sister to Flashing Colour (by Pivotal), who captured the 2008 BMW Preis Dusseldorf in Germany. Flashing Colour also finished second in the Preis der Spielbank Hamburg (Ger-III) and the Grosser Preis Stuten-Meile der Frankfurter Volksbank in 2008.
The results for the second session included a gross of 7,308,000 guineas ($12,214,545) for the 200 yearlings that sold. The average was 36,540 guineas ($61,072) and the median was 26,500 guineas ($44,292).
The clearance rate was 76.6% for the 261 horses offered. Last year, the clearance rate was 83.5%, when 208 of the 249 yearlings offered found new homes.