Tattersalls wrapped its Autumn horses in training sale Oct. 31 in Newmarket, led by a pair of horses each sold for the overall highest price of 380,000 guineas ($640,273 in United States funds).
Luca Cumani's Bedford House Stables offered Validus
, a winning 4-year-old Zamindar
gelding, who is headed for the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival after selling to bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud. Lower Coombe Stables' Goodwood Mirage
, a winning 3-year-old Jeremy
colt, sold as a National Hunt prospect to Jonjo O'Neill Racing.
Both horses were bought on day three, Oct. 30, the strongest session of the sale with 19 lots selling for 100,000 guineas ($168,493) or more.
The sale attracted buyers from more than 30 countries, especially a number from Australia, all in search of capable middle-distance performers.
The four-day auction closed with revenue on par with last year's sale while average price was up slightly by 2.2%.
Tattersalls reported 894 horses sold for total revenue of 20,863,800 guineas ($35,154,000), an average of 23,338 guineas ($39,323). The median price of 10,000 guineas ($16,849) was down 9% from 2012.
The clearance rate slid to 82.2% from 89.6% last year.
"As well as the massive Middle Eastern presence, the feature of the Autumn horses in training sale is the ever-increasing influence of Australian buyers," Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said in a statement. "It has been equally encouraging to see the British and Irish National Hunt fraternity active at all levels of the market.
"The Australian contingent has spent more than 2.5 million guineas ($4,212,320) this week and a look at the probable field for next week's Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) tells the story. The race is dominated by British- and Irish-bred horses, including a number purchased at previous renewals of the Tattersalls Autumn horses in training sale, and the appetite for our middle-distance horses is a key part of the continuing success of the sale."