A 4-year-old son of Cape Cross named Top Spin brought a final bid of 175,000 guineas ($293,704) to top the opening day of the Tattersalls July sale, which saw increases across-the-board for all key statistics.
The midsummer mixed sale at Newmarket started with 162 horses sold for 2,236,300 guineas ($3,753,200) at an average of 13,804 guineas ($23,167) and a median of 6,000 guineas ($10,070). The gross was up 23% compared with the same session of 2010, while the average and median rose 12% and 20%, respectively.
Top Spin came into the Tattersalls sale off a recent second-place finish in a handicap at the Curragh, where he earned a 107 Timeform rating. Trained by John Murphy, the colt was purchased for JP McManus by Frank Berry, who was standing aside national hunt trainer Jonjo O’Neill. The colt was sold by Highfort Stud of Ireland.
The second-highest priced horse was the mare Eclaircie, who was sold with a Dubawi weanling at her side and back in foal to group I winner Paco Boy. She sold for $85,000 guineas ($142,656) to Jono Milles. Eclaircie, a daughter of Thunder Gulch —Blushing Gleam, was sold by Charlie and Tracy Vigors’ Hillwood Stud.
The sale continues through July 8.
Tattersalls July Results, Day One (in guineas)
Cataloged Offered Sold Gross Average Median
2011 272 207 162 2,236,300 13,804 6,000
2010 252 197 147 1,818,900 12,373 5,000