Tattersalls July Sale Closes Strong

The Tattersalls July Sale closed Thursday with record amounts paid for a colt or gelding in training and with a total increase over last year's sale figures.

Final numbers increased 9% over last year to total 2,742,800 guineas for the three-day sale. The average price was 9,973 guineas, while the median totaled 5,500 guineas.

Bloodstock agent Richard O'Gorman shattered the amount paid for a European colt or gelding in training during the second day when he paid 380,000 guineas for Mastermind. O'Gorman purchased the gelding on behalf of Middle Eastern clients.

Mastermind's price eclipsed the previous Tattersalls July Sale record of 200,000 guineas, the amount paid by bloodstock agent Charlie Gordon-Watson for the filly Stolen Tear in 1999. The previous high price at Tattersalls for a colt or gelding in training was the 235,000 guineas paid for Atmospheric at the 2000 Tattersalls Autumn Horses-In-Training Sale.

Trade finished strongly in the final session with 60 lots sold for 609,400 guineas. The average of 10,156 was up 13% on the corresponding session last year while the median was up 60% to 8,000 guineas.