With closing day sales led by a son of Sea The Stars
, the Tattersalls July sale concluded July 11 with overall figures up across the board and the highest sale aggregate since 2007.
Starchitect, a 3-year-old son of Europe's 2009 Horse of the Year, sold for 110,000 guineas ($197,851 in United States funds) to National Hunt trainer Donald McCain, helping to push total sales on 500 horses at the three-day auction to 8,342,700 guineas ($15,005,597), a 20% gain from last year's sale.
The average price was up 4% to 16,685 guineas ($30,010) and the median was up 25% to 10,000 guineas ($17,986). The overall clearance rate was an impressive 92%.
The session topper is out of the winning Sadler's Wells mare Humilis, a half sister to U.S. stakes winner Stage Call, who was graded/group-placed. He was offered by trainer Eddie Lynam's Garretstown House Stables on behalf of Paul and Claire Rooney.
"He's a lovely, big, scopey sort and when he was up at the sales ring, he really pulled himself together, showed himself off and looked a lovely horse," McCain said of Starchitect, who was second in maiden race May 25 at the Curragh in his most recent start.
"He's by a great sire, he goes on the soft," McCain said. He also noted that the winner of the Curragh race, Table Rock
, won the listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes July 10 at Newmarket.
The third session saw a total of 137 horses sold for 2,266,900 guineas ($4,077,359), a rise of 21%. The average and median rose 18% and 42% to 16,547 guineas ($$29,762) and 11,000 guineas ($19,785), respectively. The clearance rate was 95%.
"Last year's Tattersalls July sale produced a 46% rise in turnover, a 35% rise in average and a 23% rise in median, and this year's renewal has again recorded significant gains across the board," Tattersalls chairman Edmund Mahony said at the sale's conclusion. "Turnover in excess of 8 million guineas is the third highest ever at the July sale and all of the key indicators have reached their highest levels since 2007.
"As so often at Tattersalls sales of this nature, the real feature has been the extraordinary level of international participation. Buyers from more than 20 different countries have all contributed to a sale of enormous strength and depth and a remarkable clearance rate in excess of 90%. In particular, our loyal supporters from throughout the Gulf region have yet again played a huge part in the success of the sale, both as vendors and purchasers, and the strong demand for well bred fillies and mares is a clear indication of a market which continues to gain in confidence."