Nayef filly Despatch created a record for Day 4 at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale when she was knocked down to Brook Stud’s Dwayne Woods for 105,000 guineas.
Thursday’s final session saw a total of 181 lots change hands for 1.38 million guineas at an average of 7,661 guineas and a median of 6,000 guineas. The clearance rate was 84%.
Despatch was beaten a total of 91 lengths in four starts but that didn’t deter Woods. “She has a great page and is a nicely put together filly,” he said. “She has a very open pedigree that will suit nearly anything.”
The session-topper is from Green Desert mare Time Saved and is a half-sister to G2 King Edward VII Stakes winner Plea Bargain (Machiavellian) as well as this year’s G3 Windsor winner Lay Time (Galileo).
The Tattersalls December Mare Sale turnover reached 43.93 million guineas over four days. The overall average of 57,654 guineas was well down on last year’s figure of 70,145. The median dropped 2,000 guineas to 19,000 guineas.
“We were conscious that perhaps this year’s December Mares catalogue was not a vintage one,” Chairman Edmond Mahony commented. “But competition at every level of the market has seen the key indicators all but match last year’s considerable gains and, most significantly, record the highest clearance rate this century.”
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