Phenomenal trade on Day 2 of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale saw turnover reach 23.80 million guineas. Figures at corresponding Tuesday sessions have only ever been bettered three times.
The high-profile dispersals of Britton House and Swettenham Stud fuelled turnover of more than 30 million guineas in 2006 and 2007. And a handful of seven-figure mares helped boost the 2011 gross to 25.25 million guineas.
The Day 2 average was 129,307 guineas and the median 66,000 guineas.
The top lot on Tuesday at Tattersalls was the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner Banimpire who was knocked down to Eaton Sales agent Reiley McDonald for 1.50 million guineas. The four-year-old daughter of Holy Roman Emperor is from the immediate family of Arc de Triomphe winners Detroit and Carnegie.
“She is the prettiest mare,” McDonald said after seeing off French and Japanese buyers. “We are keen to buy European pedigrees to bring in more versatility, stamina and strength to our USA pedigrees.
“We will send her to Galileo – he is the pre-eminent stallion in the world and we want to get ahead of the curve by using him. She might even spend a couple of years in Europe.”
Next best Blue Symphony was knocked down to Coolmore Stud for 1.00 million guineas in foal to Dubawi. She was consigned by Sara and Luca Cumani and is the dam of G3 winners Fantasia and Pink Symphony. She will be covered by Galileo.
“It is sad to see her go, but you have to keep turning stock around,” Sara Cumani said. “She will be difficult to replace, but we do have her Pivotal yearling in training at home.”
Listed Pivotal winner Seeharn was third on the leader-board when selling to Mandore International agent Nicolas de Watrigant for 950,000 guineas. She was also offered in foal to Dubawi. “I believe she is the most beautiful mare in the sale,” said de Watrigant. “She is a young mare and her own dam is a young mare too – she has a Pivotal foal and is in-foal to Galileo.”
The Tattersalls December Mare Sale continues on Wednesday.
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