10/12/2011 6:00PM

Tattersalls sale's Book 2 continues to show gains


The Tattersalls October yearling sale's Book 2 portion enjoyed more gains Wednesday at its second session in Newmarket, England.

The session's top-priced yearling was a 220,000-guinea Shamardal colt out of the Montjeu mare Melody Fair. The bay colt sold for the equivalent of about $314,160 to Ross Doyle. Pier House Stud was the consignor. Currently named Meshardal, the colt is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Strawberry Dale.

For the second consecutive day, the Book 2 portion saw increases across the board on Wednesday. The session sold 219 yearlings for about $12,400,752, up 19 percent from last year's total for 200 horses, as compared year-to-year in the auction's guineas currency. The average price advanced by 9 percent to about $56,624, and the median rose 13 percent to approximately $42,840. The buy-back rate was 12 percent, down from 24 percent at the equivalent session in 2010.

The Tattersalls Book 2 sessions were to conclude Thursday in Newmarket.