12/04/2003 1:00AM

Ramruna, at $3.68M, part of Tattersalls boom


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Epsom and Irish Oaks winner Ramruna marked a record high point at the Tattersalls December mares sale, which concluded Thursday in Newmarket, England, with increases in gross and average.

Ramruna, offered by the Voute Sales agency on behalf of the late Fahd Salman's Newgate Stud, brought a final bid of 2.1 million guineas, or about $3,682,350, from buyer John Magnier of Coolmore Stud. That easily topped the previous European mare record of 1.7 million guineas set when Brocatelle sold at the Tattersalls December sale in 2000. Ramruna sold in foal to the internationally popular Machiavellian.

Ramruna's sale Tuesday at the auction's second of four sessions helped lift the mares auction's overall figures to record levels in gross, average, and median. When the final gavel fell Thursday evening, the auction, which was conducted in the local currency of guineas, had sold 799 mares for about $67,911,214, which resulted in an average price of about $84,995 and a $32,440 median. Compared with last year's figures in guineas, gross rose by 14 percent. The average price also climbed, by 8 percent, and median jumped by 16 percent.

Edmond Mahony, chairman of Tattersalls, noted that the December sale closed out a record season overall for the auction house.

"After a year in which every sale at Park Paddocks has registered significant increases, often across the board, we could do little other than express our delight," he said.

The Newgate Stud dispersal included 13 lots, and they were among the auction's most impressive offerings. In addition to Ramruna, the Newgate Stud draft also featured Grade 2 winner Midnight Line, who sold for 1.3 million guineas, or about $2,279,550, to Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum. Midnight Line was carrying a foal by Rainbow Quest. The Newgate horses grossed about $9,302,318 for an average price of about $715,563.

Also dispersing at the auction was Wafic Said's Addison Racing, and that consignment, handled by Kiltinan Stud, also produced some high prices. Chief among them was 1996 Epsom Oaks winner Lady Carla, whom Irish breeder and Coolmore associate Timmy Hyde bought for 1,050,000 guineas, or about $1,841,175.

The Said dispersal brought a total of about $7,033,289 and an average price of about $319,695.

At the final session on Thursday, the session-topper was a $140,280 French-bred mare named Daprika. The 5-year-old Epervier Bleu mare is a winner over jumps and on the flat in France and was sold in foal to King's Theatre. She is out of Kaprika, who also produced the high-class hurdler Geos. Richard Aston bought Daprika at Tattersalls from Kingswood Stud.

Mandy's Gold retired

Steeplechase Farm's Grade 1-winning mare Mandy's Gold has been retired to Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., and will be bred in 2004 to Deputy Minister, Three Chimneys has announced.

A 5-year-old daughter of Gilded Time and the stakes-placed Aloma's Ruler mare Manduria, Mandy's Gold won the Ruffian Handicap and four other stakes last year. In 2003, she won the Grade 3 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff and finished third in a pair of Grade 1 contests, the Apple Blossom and Ogden Phipps handicaps, among her stakes-placings. Michael Gorham trained Mandy's Gold.

Mandy's Gold retires with a lifetime racing record of 24-11-4-6 and $1,081,743 in earnings.

Audley Farm bred Mandy's Gold in Virginia.

* Canaveral (Relaunch-Bold Escape, by Bold Forbes) has moved from Wafare Farm in Midway, Ky., to McClintock Equine Station in Centerville, Iowa, where he will stand for $1,500 in 2004. Canaveral, 12, is the sire of Canadian champion juvenile filly Brusque and stakes-winner Dancing Missile, among other runners.