Average, Median, Gross Soar at Tattersalls' Foal Sale Opener

Tattersalls' December Foal Sale began in Newmarket, England on Wednesday, with the weakest of the four days. But the 7,944 guineas average was still up by 12% over last year's record and the 5,000 guineas median was up 25%. The session aggregate of 1,421,900 guineas for an expanded catalogue was virtually double the 2002 figure.

The top price was just 40,000 guineas -- a fraction of the sums that will be made later in the week -- for an athletic son of Fraam offered for a partnership from West Moor Stud.

Agent Gill Richardson outbid pinhooker Eddie O'Leary, owner of Lynn Lodge Stud in County Westmeath, for the colt. "He was bought to race for a client and was a fabulous athletic colt," said Richardson.

A Lujain colt out of the unraced Petardia mare Georgianna was bought for 39,000 guineas by Oliver Gaisford St. Lawrence from the Swinburn family's locally-based Genesis Green Stud. He was also bought for racing, rather than resale, on behalf of an existing client of Gaisford St Lawrence.

The sale continues Thursday.