Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale Sets Records For Gross, Median, and Average

The Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale ended Thursday in England with its highest-ever gross revenue, average price, and median price. The previous marks all had been established during the 2000 renewal of the auction.

During the sale's four sessions, 743 lots were sold for 12,046,500 guineas (approximately $19,696,028), which was up by 1.5% from a year ago. The average rose by 11% to 16,213 guineas ($26,508), and the median soared by 42,9% to 10,000 guineas ($16,350). The buy-back rate fell from 20.7% last year to 15.2% this year.

Trade on the final day saw 63 lots sell for a gross of 511,200 guineas ($835,812), an average of 8,114 guineas ($13,266), and a median of 7,000 guineas ($11,445). In 2001, 62 horses sold during the final session for a gross of 301,300 guineas, an average of 4,859 guineas, and a median of 3,800 guineas.

Bloodstock agent Gordian Troeller was the most active purchaser at the sale, buying for a variety of American clients. With his wish list not quite completed, he purchased two horses on the final day. The two-time winning juvenile Love Is Blind was offered by Emma Lavelle's Cottage Stables and is headed to Californian trainer Jim Cassidy after Troeller bought him for 67,000 guineas ($109,545). Troeller outlasted Johnny McKeever, acting on behalf of another Californian trainer Wally Dollase,. The Ali-Royal colt from the family of Be My Guest was Troeller's 23rd purchase and his next and final acquisition was one lot later when he paid 35,000 guineas ($57,225) for Lady's Mantle. The winning 2-year-old Sri Pekan filly from Joseph Murphy's Crampscastle Stables in Ireland is also set to join Cassidy in California. Troeller proved too strong for Newmarket-based bloodstock agent Larry Stratton.

Troeller's spending spree resulted in him finishing the sale as the leading buyer, having purchased 24 lots for 837,000 guineas ($1,368,495). He was followed closely by Dublin-based agent John McCormack, who purchased six lots for 729,000 guineas ($1,191,915), including the Hong Kong-bound, 250,000-guinea ($408,750) sale topper Masani.

The consignment from Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms proved the most popular on offer with 42 lots being sold for a gross of 1,077,000 guineas ($1,760,895) and an average of 25,642 guineas ($41,925).