Updated on 09/16/2011 8:49AM

Tattersalls mare sale ends down

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The Tattersalls December mare sales ended Thursday with declines from last year, when a record-setting session buoyed results. Topped by the $1,424,063 mare Velvet Moon, the four-day mare auction sold 756 horses for a total of $55,400,426, for an average price of $73,281. When compared year-to-year in the sale's local currency of guineas, those figures were down 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Sale-topper Velvet Moon, sold in foal to Daylami, was part of a dispersal of the late Saudi prince Fahd Salman's Newgate Stud. Bloodstock agent and Bugley Stud owner Anthony Penfold signed the ticket for an undisclosed client. Ted Voute's Voute Sales agency consigned the mare on behalf of Salman's estate.

Velvet Moon, an 11-year-old daughter of Shaadi and Park Special (Relkino), is the dam of Group 2 winner and Epsom Derby third Moon Ballad.

The 2002 auction's final session offered more modest lots. Thursday's top price was $105,788 for the American-bred Cranshaws, an unusual entry to the auction. Cranshaws is a juvenile Green Dancer colt in training at Sir Mark Prescott's Heath House Stables, which consigned him. Already a winner in England and fifth in an Italian Group 3, Cranshaws went to agent John McCormack, who said the colt would race in Saudi Arabia.

Thursday's top mare price was $65,100 for Tara's Girl (Fayruz). Charlie Mason's Silfield Bloodstock purchased the 5-year-old mare, who is in foal to Pivotal.