The Book 2 portion of Tattersalls’ October yearling sale generated increases of 18.8% in gross, 8.5% in average price, and 13.2% in median price from a year ago during its second session. The clearance rate Oct. 12 in England rose to 88.3% from 76.6% in 2010.
Thirteen horses brought prices of 100,000 guineas ($164,054 in U.S. funds) or more, raising the total for the auction so far to 32. With one day to go, the number exceeded the total for the entire auction last year.
Meshardal, a son of Shamardal, commanded the second session’s top price of 220,000 guineas ($360,919). The father and son team of Peter and Ross Doyle purchased the colt from Pier House Stud.
“He is for a new client,” said Ross Doyle, who was standing with Richard Hannon Jr. during the bidding. “He was the nicest horse here today and the record of Shamardal speaks for itself. We’ve been lucky with the horses we’ve bought off Pier House before.”
Bred in Germany, Meshardal is the first foal out of the Montjeu mare Melody Fair. She failed to win in one career race, but she is a half sister to 2006 Totepool Middleton Stakes (Eng-III) winner Strawberry Dale (by Bering). Strawberry Dale also captured the 2005 totescoop6 E.B.F. Gillies Stakes.
Peter and Ross Doyle also purchased the second-highest-priced horse, an Acclamation– Miss Corinne colt, for 200,000 guineas ($328,108). Parkway Farm consigned the yearling.
The results for the second session included a gross of 8,684,000 guineas ($14,246,505) for the 219 yearlings that were sold. The average was 39,653 guineas ($65,053) and the median was 30,000 guineas ($51,317).
Last year, during the second session, 200 horses were sold.