10/26/2011 5:31PM

Measuring Time sells for $520,800 at Tattersalls sale


English bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud picked up another high-priced horse Wednesday at the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale in Newmarket, paying the session-topping price of 310,000 guineas for four-time group-placed Measuring Time.

The price was about $520,800.

The third session ended with mixed results as gross and median fell but average was up, though only fractionally. Wednesday’s session sold 230 horses for about $9,182,040. That resulted in an approximate average of $39,922 and a $15,540 median. Compared year to year in the local auction currency, the gross slipped by 7 percent versus last year’s equivalent session, when 249 horses sold. Median slumped by 16 percent. Average edged up very slightly, ending up by less than 1 percent.

Buybacks were 13 percent, down from last year’s 16 percent.

Measuring Time, a 3-year-old colt, is by Dubai Destination and out of the stakes-placed Barathea mare Inchberry.

Stroud also bought both the Monday and Tuesday session-toppers, spending $420,000 each for Red Gulch at the first session and for Fallen Idol at the second.

Stroud did not identify his client in any of these purchases, all of which will now head to Dubai for the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Trainer Richard Hannon’s East Everleigh Stables consigned Measuring Time on Woodcote Stud’s behalf.

The auction’s final session was to take place Thursday in England.