Ripples Maid Tops Tattersalls Opener

(Edited Tattersalls press release)

The stakes-winning mare Ripples Maid brought the top price of 132,000 guineas (about $225,000) as the Tattersalls July mixed sale opened with sharp downturns in its key business figures. The gross, average, and median all declined by 40% or more July 7 in England.

Ripples Maid, who is out of the Dominion mare Rivers Rhapsody and is a half-sister to group winner Peak to Creek, was offered with a Bahamian Bounty filly foal at her side. A 6-year-old daughter of Dansili, Ripples Maid is in foal to Compton Place.

David Redvers Bloodstock purchased Ripples Maid, outlasting bloodstock agent Stephen Hillen and Whitsbury Manor’s stud manager Charlie Oakshott. Redvers acted on behalf of a partnership.

Paul and Sara Thorman’s Trickledown Stud consigned Ripples Maid as the agent for the complete dispersal of the Thoroughbred interests of the late Rex Mead.

The opening day results included a gross of 1,881,900 guineas for the 149 horses that sold (out of 184 offered). The average was 12,630 guineas, and the median was 5,000 guineas. Compared to 2008's first session, the number sold was down 5.1% from 157 and the gross declined 43.9% from 3,352,200 guineas. The average fell 40.8% from 21,352 guineas, and the median dropped 50% from 10,000 guineas.