10/06/2011 4:47PM

Tattersalls increases in average and median prices continue

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The Tattersalls October yearling sale continued to show increases in average and median prices Thursday as its Book 1 portion ended its second of three sessions.

Compared year-to-year in the local auction currency of guineas, Thursday’s session in Newmarket, England, saw a 12-percent drop in gross as 123 yearlings brought about $25,543,749. The decrease was expected because of a smaller catalog of 169 yearlings, compared with 228 last year. But the average price increased 14 percent to about $207,673, and the median soared by 41 percent, to about $161,700. Buy-backs dropped, from 22 percent at least year’s equivalent day to 17 percent.

Fillies dominated the upper-level prices Thursday.

A Galileo half-sister to German group winners Peace Royale and Peaceful Love brought the session’s highest price of 600,000 guineas, the equivalent of about $970,200. Badgers Bloodstock bought filly, a bay daughter of Peace Time, from Gestut Etzean of Germany. The filly currently is named Peace of Love.

A Cape Cross daughter of Model Queen fetched 500,000 guineas, or about $808,500, from agent Charlie Gordon-Watson. The bay filly is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Regal Parade, Group 3 winner Entifaadha, and group-placed Hot Prospect and Mount Helicon. Highclere Stud was the consignor.

The third highest-priced filly went to Americans Gretchen and Roy Jackson of Lael Stables. The daughter of Oasis Dream and Politesse is a half-sister to French Group 1 winner King’s Apostle. She sold for 400,000 guineas, or $646,800. The Jacksons’ agent, Amanda Skiffington, bought the filly from Ireland’s Barronstown Stud.

The Thursday session’s most expensive colt was a Cape Cross half-brother to 2006 champion juvenile filly Finsceal Beo. The bay son of stakes-placed Musical Treat went to Darley Stud representative John Ferguson for 360,000 guineas, the equivalent of about $582,120.