10/25/2009 11:00PM

Redford, three-time winner, tops Tattersalls session


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Tattersalls autumn horses in training auction opened Monday in Newmarket, England, with a jump in median despite downturns in gross and average.

The three-time winner Redford, by Bahri, topped Monday's session at 130,000 guineas, or about $223,860.

Stephen Hillen, as agent for Marwan Koukash, bought the bay colt from trainer Michael Bell's Fitzroy House Stables agency. Redford has won three of his 14 starts to date. He is a son of the Statoblest mare Ida Lupino and is one of two winners for the mare.

The session sold 231 racing-age horses, down slightly from last year's 235, for about $6,401,190. That was down 13 percent from last year's gross. Monday's average price of about $27,710 was 11 percent lower than last year's figure. But the median price, about $17,220, gained 33 percent.

The auction was to continue through Oct. 29.