(Edited Tattersalls press release)
Time Machine, a 3-year-old Halling gelding, was the most expensive horse sold on the second day of the Tattersalls July mixed sale in England, bringing 95,000 guineas. Irish trainer Robbie Hennessy purchased Time Machine on July 8 from trainer John Gosden’s Clarehaven Stables.
Bred in the United Arab Emirates, Time Machine raced for Princess Haya of Jordan, who is married to Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed. The gelding has won once and finished second twice in four career races. His lone victory was scored at 10 furlongs on turf on June 19.
Time Machine, who is out of the Persian Bold mare Tempting Fate, probably will go hurdling, according to Hennessy.
After suffering steep setbacks on the auction’s opening day, the key business figures were more encouraging during the second session. The 136 horses that sold (from 149 offered) grossed 1,700,000 guineas and averaged 12,500 guineas. The median price was 7,500 guineas. Compared to a year ago, when 154 horses were sold, the gross fell 4.9% from 1,788,200 guineas. But the average price rose 7.6% from 11,612 guineas and the median increased 3.4% from 7,250 guineas.