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It was always going to be difficult to match 2008

SELLING was completed in just over five hours yesterday and at the close of play, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony reflected: "Regardless of the difficulteconomic climate, we were always going to struggle to match last year's record figures for this sale.

"We had a significantly smaller catalogue and one which, although commercial enough, lacked real quality and certainly had no individual that was going to challenge the 2008 record top price of 450,000gns.

"In addition, we have had difficult weather conditions to contend with, as illustrated by a number of the stallions being unable to make the National Stud Stallion Parade, but despite the various obstacles there has been a cosmopolitan crowd here today.

"We have sold horses to places as diverse as Kazakhstan, Libya, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia as well as the more traditional overseas markets, and online bidders have been active throughout the sale.

"Domestic demand has been cautious at best, but we have to be realistic in our expectations while the market continues to adjust to the prevailingeconomic conditions."

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470