04/16/2008 11:00PM

Record filly at Tattersalls


England's Tattersalls Craven 2-year-old sale in Newmarket, England, ended Thursday with steep gains that produced records across the board and the sale's highest price ever for a filly.

The sale-topping filly, a daughter of American sire Mr. Greeley and Silver Kestrel, by Silver Hawk, brought a final bid of about $1,128,330 from buyer Kerri Radcliffe. In the local auction currency, that was 540,000 guineas, eclipsing Wednesday's filly record of 380,000 guineas for a Haafhd-Allespagne filly. Ireland's Mocklershill Stables consigned the filly, who is the first foal from her Kentucky-bred dam. The filly last sold at the Tattersalls October yearling sale for about $132,921. At that auction, agent Jami McCalmont bought her from Whitely Stud, agent.

The Craven juveniles in training sale ended Thursday night with 116 horses sold for about $24,831,618, yielding an average price of about $214,065. The median was about $146,265. Compared year to year in guineas, the 2008 auction performed better in all categories, with gross receipts rising 35 percent, the average up by 40 percent, and median up 27 percent.