Japanese Spending Boosts First Session of Tattersalls' Breeze-Up Sale

Three juveniles brought prices that topped the previous sale record of 125,000 guineas during the first session of the Tattersalls breeze-up auction on Wednesday in England. Enthusiastic spending by the Japanese helped to boost business.

The 63 horses that sold brought a gross of 2,322,200 guineas, an average price of 37,019 guineas, and a median of 22,000 guineas. Compared to a year ago, the gross and average were up by 96.0% and 59.4%, respectively. The median was up by 37.5%.

The highest price of the day was the 180,000 guineas paid by James Wigan's London Thoroughbred Services for a Selkirk colt out of the winning Caerleon mare Flight Soundly. Wigan purchased the colt on behalf of Toshihiro Saito, director of the Tokyo Owners Association in Japan. The consignor was Malcom Bastard, who purchased the colt at the 2001 Tattersalls October yearling sale for only 7,000 guineas. The underbidder was bloodstock agent John Warren. The colt is a half-brother to stakes-placed Elli (by Polar Falcon)

The second-highest-price of 140,000 guineas was brought by a Hennessy--Mime colt The buyer was Taki Murayama of J.S. Company, acting on the behalf of Tetsuji Yamamoto, who races Japanese Derby (Jpn-I) prospect Dantsu Shake. The colt was consigned by Suirview Stables, Ireland.

The third-highest price of130,000 guineas was brought by a Polish Precedent--Gaily Grecian colt that is from the family of European champion Pilsudski. Consigned by James Railton, agent for Roy and Belinda Strudwick of Ballygallon Stud in Ireland, the colt was purchased by the J.S. Company's Murayama for Tetsu Takashima.

The sale's second and final session will be conducted on Thursday.