The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale concluded with OBVIOUSLY selling for 130,000 guineas on a day when 145 lots were sold 1,003,200 guineas at an average of 6,919 guineas and a median of 3,200 guineas. The four day sale saw a total of 848 lots sold for a total of 16,584,600 guineas at an average of 19,557 guineas and a median of 9,000 guineas.
The top priced lot on the final day was the three-year-old gelding OBVIOUSLY who had earned a 'Timeform' rating of 99 on the back of a handicap win at Dundulk two weeks earlier. Consigned to the sale from Peter Fahey's Roefield Stables on behalf of Clare View Farms, the son of CHOISIR was knocked down to Jamie Lloyd and Boomer Bloodstock's Craig Rounsefell for 130,000 guineas.
“He was our top pick of the sale,” said Lloyd. “But we couldn't get to see him until Wednesday! Thankfully it all worked out well.
“He is for Mike Murphy, and he is just our sort of horse – he is lightly raced, progressive, will get the two turns, is a good-looking horse and has a great walk. He has also won on both turf and the All-Weather.”
At the conclusion of the 2011 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“A smaller catalogue and one that perhaps was a little light on real stars has resulted in a marginal decline on last year's returns, but this has been a good, solid sale from start to finish and another reminder of the global demand for British bloodstock. There is nothing quite like the Autumn Horses in Training Sale anywhere else in the world and a clearance rate well in excess of 80% and buyers from more than 30 different countries both demonstrate the unique appeal of this fixture.
“Competition has been fierce at all levels of the market and, in addition to the huge Middle Eastern contingent, a particular feature has been the number of buyers from Australia. Recent graduates of the Autumn Horses in Training Sale have made a huge impact down under and success on the racecourse combined with the weakness of sterling has enticed an unprecedented number of Australian buyers to the sale. Those eyeing the Dubai World Cup Carnival have also made a major contribution and, as ever, the National Hunt fraternity has been active throughout the week. Equally encouraging has been the demand for well – bred fillies with decent form. We have an abundance of high class fillies and mares in the forthcoming Tattersalls December Sale and this week's sale has shown that the appetite for quality breeding stock remains as strong as ever.”
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