Rodrigo de Torres brought the top price of 75,000 guineas ($122,178 in U.S. funds) during the opening session of the Tattersalls July sale in England. Trainer David Nicholls purchased the 5-year-old gelding from Castlefarm Stud July 11.
A chestnut son of Bahamian Bounty, Rodrigo de Torres has won three of his 22 career races. He finished third in the 2010 King Charles II Stakes in England. He is out of the Lion Cavern mare Leonica.
“I’ve got one or two people in the pipeline for him,” Nicholls said, “but for now I will own him. He is a nice horse and will be aimed at an autumn campaign. He might be one for Dubai, but I will take things day by day for now.”
The results for the session included a gross of 1,371,300 guineas ($2,233,907) for the 147 horses that were sold. The average price was 9,329 guineas ($15,198) and the median price was 5,500 guineas ($8,960).
The clearance rate was 81.2% compared to 78.3% in 2011.