12/01/2010 4:33PM

Gross, average slip on third day of Tattersalls sale

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A pair of $494,550 horses led a day of mixed results at the Tattersalls December mare sale in Newmarket, England.

The auction’s third of four sessions saw losses in gross receipts and average price, but the median remained level at last year’s figure of 16,000 guineas, about $26,376. The session grossed $9,170,606 for 174 mares, a total that was 9 percent lower than last year’s figure for 161 mares. The average price fell 16 percent to about $52,705.

Broodmare Quelle Amore and prospect Shamwari Lodge each brought 300,000 guineas, the session-topping price.

Japanese buyer Katsumi Yoshida of Northern Farm continued his 2010 spending spree for mares with his purchase of Quelle Amore. A German Group 2 winner, she sold in foal to leading British second-crop sire Dubawi. She is a 7-year-old daughter of Monsun out of the Beau Genius mare Quelle Amie.

Irish Group 3 winner Shamwari Lodge, a 4-year-old Hawk Wing filly, went to Lodge Park Stud. Kern Lillingston agent Ed Sackville signed the ticket for Lodge Park and said the filly, a daughter of Ripalong, by Revoque, was purchased as a breeding prospect.

American buyers, active at Tuesday’s session, were less in evidence on Wednesday as prices tailed off from the $500,000 to $2 million range regularly seen a day earlier.

The auction was to conclude Thursday in Newmarket.