The Tattersalls December foal auction ended on Saturday in England with a record average of 26,400 guineas. The 514 horses sold grossed 13,569,750 guineas. The median was 11,000 guineas.
In 2000, the 608 horses sold grossed 14,677,400 guineas and averaged 24,140 guineas. The median was 12,500 guineas.
"As well as the record average, the turnover from a smaller catalogue has been only fractionally lower than at last year's record-breaking sale," said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony. "And the sustained demand throughout the week has definitely exceeded expectations."
The most expensive horse sold during the final session was a Desert Prince colt that brought 240,000 guineas. He was purchased by bloodstock agent Richard Frisby on the behalf of Colin Davey. The bay weanling is the first foal out of the Last Tycoon mare Mobilia, who is a half-sister to Irish champion Desert Style.