There were rises across the board at the Tattersalls December Foal following a final session that saw 167 lots sell for 3,534,200 guineas. That took the four-day turnover to 32,668,200 guineas ($46,212,500) for the 742 lots sold, a rise of 7%. The average rose 7% to a record 44,027 guineas whilst the median rose 19% to a record equalling 25,000 guineas.
The headline act on the third day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale was Minster Stud's DUBAWI half-sister to the Group 1 Irish Derby winner JACK HOBBS who became the fourth highest priced foal in the history of this fixture when selling for 750,000 guineas.
It was John Gosden, acting on behalf of Godolphin, who struck the winning bid; the combination no stranger to the filly's half-brother having respectively trained and owned JACK HOBBS to Classic success. The striking daughter of SWAIN'S GOLD understandably attracted a lot of attention in the ring including a determined effort by Harriet Jellett, sitting with Jamie McCalmont, who had to settle for underbidder.
Willie Carson of Minster Stud commented after the sale:
“She was a very cute filly. We've been selling more as foals for the last three years – we can cope with foaling down the mares, but we're getting too old for yearlings.
“I rang Tattersalls in the autumn and asked how many Dubawi's they had catalogued here and was told none – so I said, 'Well you've got one now!'
“Swain's Gold has been very good to us and she is in-foal to Golden Horn.”
At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls December Foal Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“The correlation between the yearling market and the foal market is well established and the record breaking Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has been matched by an equally dynamic Tattersalls December Foal Sale. This week's sale has achieved increases across the board and cemented the reputation of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale as the premier fixture of its kind in Europe. Tribute must go to the vendors who yet again have brought the cream of the British and Irish foal crops to Tattersalls and the buyers have responded accordingly. A record average well in excess of 40,000 guineas, turnover of more than 30 million guineas for the fifth consecutive year, as well as a record-equalling median all tell the story of a sale which has produced fierce and sustained competition at all levels of the market from start to finish.
“Highlights of the December Foal Sale have included Willie and Elaine Carson's DUBAWI half-sister to JACK HOBBS selling for 750,000 guineas, the continued global demand for the outstanding Ballymacoll stock and a significant number of new investors, particularly at the top of the market. The number of foals selling for 200,000 guineas or more has risen from 16 in 2016 to 26 this year with a truly diverse international cast of buyers competing with the crowds of British and Irish pinhookers who make the Tattersalls December Foal Sale such a special event every year.
“The strength of this week's Foal Sale indicates a market in good health as the focus now switches to the breeding stock. The Tattersalls December Mare Sale is uniquely cosmopolitan and this year's catalogue has an abundance of quality in addition to the final instalment of the once in a generation Ballymacoll Dispersal.”
The four-day Tattersalls December Mare Sale featuring the Ballymacoll Dispersal starts at 9.30am on Monday, December 4th.
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