Tattersalls Wraps Up Steady Mare Sale

Final Tattersalls December Mare sale aggregate numbers were down 0.4%.

Although average was down 17.8% to 57,654 guineas ($97,448), a higher total number of horses sold helped the four-day Tattersalls December Mare sale deliver aggregate numbers comparable to last year.

Comparing guineas to guineas, the aggregate sales figure of 43,932,200 guineas ($74,254,929) was down just 0.4% compared with 2011. Median was down 9.5% to 19,000 guineas ($32,114).

The mare sale followed Tattersalls December yearling and weanling sales. Total aggregate for the December sales reached 71,660,200 guineas ($121,121,500), up 28.9% compared with 2011. Average improved 10% to 43,775 guineas ($73,989) and median was up 11.8% to 19,000 guineas ($32,114). Final clearance rate was 80.8%.

"The bloodstock industry is a truly global business and nowhere is this more apparent than at the Tattersalls December Sale. Every year the December sale attracts buyers from all corners of the globe and the 2012 renewal has yet again enhanced its reputation as the most international sale of its type in the world," said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony. "Buyers have flocked to Tattersalls in huge numbers this week and they have combined to produce trade which has mirrored the extraordinary demand we experienced at our October Yearling sale.

"Remarkably the success of the December sale, and the entire Tattersalls 2012 sales season, has come at a time of continuing economic uncertainty, and this week's sale has shown that the worldwide appetite for British and Irish bloodstock is arguably at an all-time high. We were conscious that perhaps this year's December mares catalogue was not a vintage one, but competition at every level of the market has seen the key indicators all but match last year's considerable gains, more six-figure transactions, and most significantly, the highest clearance rate this century."

On the final day of the mare sale Dec. 6 in Newmarket, the Nayef filly Despatch was knocked down to Dwayne Woods for 105,000 guineas ($177,473) to top the session. Consigned from Jamie Railton, the daughter of the Green Desert mare Time Saved is a half sister to the group II winner Plea Bargain as well as this year's top class filly Lay Time. Woods secured the 3-year-old after seeing off Whatton Manor Stud's Peter Player and Catridge Farm's David Powell.

"She has a great (catalog) page and is a nicely put together filly," Woods said, adding he purchased her for Brook Stud. "I have not thought about stallions for her, but she has a very open pedigree that anything will nearly suit."

The next sale at Tattersalls is scheduled Feb. 7-8, 2013, with entries now being taken.