Song, an unraced full sister to two group I winners, led the way on the second day of the Tattersalls December mare sale, bringing 1.7 million guineas ($2,968,271 in U.S. funds) Dec. 1 in England. The gross revenue for the session rose 11% from 2008, and the average price fell less than 1%. However, the median price plunged 30%.
Hong Kong-based Australian owner/breeder Paul Makin, through Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock, purchased Song, who is in foal to Danehill Dancer. Makin held off John Warren, who was bidding alongside Andreas Jacobs. Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales was among the underbidders.
A 3-year-old daughter of Sadler's Wells out of the Darshaan mare Jude, Song is a full sister to Irish champion Quarter Moon, who scored in the 2001 Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I), and Yesterday, who captured the 2003 Entenmanns Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I).
Makin indicated that Song, who was consigned by Bugley Stud, would be sent to Rory Mahon's Mountain View Stud in Ireland and would be bred to Sea the Stars next year.
Song was one of the 160 horses that sold on the auction’s second day for a gross of 15,326,500 guineas ($26,759,775). The average was 95,971 guineas ($167,249), and the median was 31,500 guineas ($54,899).
The clearance rate of 82.5% was up from last year’s rate of 68.4%.