10/27/2009 11:00PM

Tattersalls median rises for session


The Tattersalls autumn horses in training auction in Newmarket, England, continued to enjoy increases in median at Wednesday's third session.

The median rose for the second consecutive day, climbing Wednesday by 45 percent.

The session ended with 240 horses sold for about $10,914,724, resulting in an average price of about $45,478 and an approximate median of $22,647. Gross receipts fell 10 percent from last year's third-session gross for 254 horses, and the average price fell by 5 percent.

But buy-backs remained low, as at earlier sessions. The buy-back figure was 16 percent, the same as at last season's equivalent day.

Wednesday's session-topper was Putney Bridge, a listed winner from the Juddmonte Farms consignment, who sold for about $516,600. A 4-year-old Mizzen Mast colt, he sold to agent John McCormack, who defeated agent Anthony Stroud and trainer Howard Johnson in the bidding. McCormack represented Saudi Arabian prince Faisal bin Khalid in the purchase.

Juddmonte also sold three-time winner Marching Time for about $464,940, to Shadwell Stud.

The sale was to continue through Thursday in Newmarket.