Royal Diamond Tops Tattersalls Session

Three-year-old brings 400,000 guineas.

The gross and average declined but the median rose during the second session of the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale in England.

On the second day of the auction, 232 horses were sold for 6,301,500 guineas, an average of 27,162 guineas and a median of 13,250 guineas. During the second session in 2008, 249 horses were sold for 6,949,300 guineas, an average of 27,909 guineas and a median of 12,000 guineas. The gross was down 9.3%, the average fell 2.7%, and the median rose 10.4%.

The top price was 400,000 guineas for Royal Diamond, from Mark Prescott's Heath House Stables’ consignment. Royal Diamond has won four consecutive races, the latest a 10-length win at Wolverhampton two weeks ago. The 3-year-old son of King’s Best was purchased by trainer Michael Dods on behalf of Andrew Tinkler.

Agents Grant and Tom Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock, assisting Anthony Freedman and his brother, trainer Lee Freedman of Australia, bought the 4-year-old gelding Fanjura for 210,000 guineas for the Ball & Chain Syndicate. The son of Marju, who has won four of 13 starts, was consigned by Barry Hills’ Farringdon Place Stables.