High Commander and Dariga help smash record at final day of Tattersalls Autumn sale


Dariga. - Credit: Archant

Records were broken on the final day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale.

High Commander.

High Commander. - Credit: Archant

The final day saw a record turnover of 23,137,100 guineas – a 24 per cent increase from last year’s sale, while both the average and media rose, with the median of 13,500 guineas also setting a new record.

The top lot on the day was the Andrew Balding-trained, Qatar Racing-owned ‘High Commander,’ who was bought by Qatari trainer Gassim Ghazali for 57,000 guineas.

The other horse to top 50,000 guineas was two-year-old filly, ‘Dariga,’ who went to Qatari owner Adbulaziz Al Boenain for 52,000 guineas.

Tattersalls chairman, Edmond Mahony, said of the record sale: “In a year when the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale has produced a Classic winner purchased for 12,000 guineas, it is perhaps not surprising to see such frenetic demand at this unique sale.

“The turnover and median at this week’s sale have both risen to record levels and the average has leapt by around 35 per cent. Even more impressive has been the clearance rate of more than 90 per cent, yet again demonstrating the enduring international appeal of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale.

“Every year we reflect on the extraordinary diversity of buyers, both domestic and overseas, who attend the Autumn Horses in Training, but the sheer number of people here this week has been almost overwhelming. The beauty of this sale is that it caters for every possible requirement, both Flat and National Hunt, and the sales paddocks have been a hive of international activity throughout the four days.”

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The next sale at Tattersalls is the December Sale, comprising the December Yearling Sale on November 21, the December Foal Sale from November 23 to 26 and the December Mare Sale from November 28 to December 1.

Catalogues for all three sales are online at www.tattersalls.com.