05/02/2014 4:23PM

Tattersalls: Guineas breeze up sale posts improved results

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The Tattersalls Guineas breeze up and horses in training sale was held on Friday in Newmarket, England, and posted significant across-the-board gains.

The one-day auction finished with 145 horses sold for revenues of about $7.07 million (3,955,328 guineas). That marked a 43 percent improvement compared with last year’s Guineas sale, where 120 horses brought about $4.9 million (2,761,000 guineas).

The average sale price finished with an 18 percent gain, rising to about $48,800 (27,278 guineas). The median price of about $28,600 (16,000 guineas) increased by a 14 percent.

The sale’s buyback rate finished at 19 percent, holding steady with last year’s rate of 20 percent.

“After the record-breaking Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale, it has been encouraging to see the momentum continue to this week’s Guineas breeze up and horses in training sale,” said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony. “The two 2014 Tattersalls breeze up sales have both produced positive returns with the feature being the sustained demand at the top of the market and the international participation, which is the hallmark of so many sales at Tattersalls.

“Buyers from North America, the Gulf region, Southeast Asia, Australasia and throughout Europe have all made significant contributions to both parts of today’s Guineas sale and, as ever, we look forward to seeing graduates of the sale performing at the highest level on the global stage," Mahony continued.

The sale-topper came near the end of the session, when David Redvers Bloodstock went to about $482,900 (270,000 guineas) to secure a 2-year-old daughter of Claiborne Farm stallion War Front out of the stakes-placed Lemon Drop Kid mare Pastel Gal. It was the second-highest price ever paid for a filly at the Tattersalls Guineas sale.

"She was by far the best filly here,” Redvers said. “She easily put in the quickest breeze – and did it with her ears pricked.”

Bred in Kentucky by Highfield Farm, the bay filly is the first foal out of the dam and comes from the family of Grade 1 winner Lost Mountain. She was offered as a yearling at the 2013 Keeneland September sale, but finished under her reserve with a final bid of $85,000. Jim McCarten of consignor Gaybrook Lodge Stud purchased the filly privately following the Keeneland September sale.

"The fact that she was by War Front was a huge factor,” McCarten said. “I just love them and have success with them before."

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