Mark Popham

23% Increase for Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale

A record-breaking largest ever Tattersalls December Foal Sale concluded in Newmarket last night with a 21,157,000 guineas turnover for 738 sold, up 23% on the amount yielded by 585 sold a year ago.

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.

Jump Trainer Lands Tattersalls Autumn Sale Topper

Jumping trainer Howard Johnson and his big-spending new owner Graham Wylie showed no sign of slowing up their spending spree at Tattersalls Wednesday when paying 190,000 guineas for the top lot at the Autumn Horses In Training Sale, Juddmonte Farms' Astronomic (GB).

Sister of Ticker Tape Breaks Tattersalls Yearling Mark

Thursday's business at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Part Two) turned over 1,185,300 guineas at an average of 11,077gns and a 7,000gns median, on a healthy day's trading that saw three lots exceed the previous record price of 47,000gns set 12 months ago by a Mind Games gelding.

Diesis Colt Breaks Tattersalls October Mark

Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Part One) saw a new record price Wednesday night when the very last lot into the ring, a Diesis colt out of dual classic-placed Kitza, sold for a million guineas for Irish veterinarian Demi O'Byrne, buying for John Magnier and Michael Tabor.

Ascot's Development Plan May Affect 2005 Royal Meeting

The huge redevelopment plan at Britain's Ascot Racecourse, involving an all-new grandstand and costing £180 million, has yet to receive planning permission but speculation continues to mount about which other British racecourse might host the 2005 royal meeting.

Morphine Positives in Britain Traced to Feed

Be My Royal, winner of the one the biggest races of the National Hunt season to date, faces disqualification as he is among a rash of positive drug tests for traces of morphine in British and Irish races due to contaminated feed.

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