The yearling portion of the Tattersalls December sale established a record for its median price of 20,500 guineas ($34,007 in U.S. funds) Nov. 21 in England. The figure increased 127.8% from a year ago.
In addition, the gross rose 5.4% to 3,766,300 guineas ($6,248,466). The average increased 36.3% to 25,109 guineas ($41,654).
The clearance rate was 75.8% with 150 yearlings selling. Last year, when 194 horses were sold, the rate was 74.3%.
A Montjeu colt brought the top price of 150,000 guineas ($248,836). David Redvers, representing Sheikh Fahad’s Pearl Bloodstock, purchased the bay yearling from Castledillon Stud of Ireland. The immediate underbidder was Stud Farm 711’s Anani Antoniadis.
“He is a quality colt,” said Redvers, who reported that Pearl Bloodstock will have more than 30 2-year-olds in training next year and will have horses with more than 20 trainers worldwide.
The colt is the second foal out of the winning War Chant mare Gharra, who finished third in the 2007 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park and the 2006 Marina Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. She is a half sister to Hayil (by Dayjur), who captured the 1997 Thoroughbred Corporation Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) and was third in the Prix de la Porte Maillot (Fr-III).