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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
Galileo £4,265,354
Dubawi £1,332,707
Dark Angel £1,147,811
Pour Moi £1,062,878
Kodiac £1,047,054
Iffraaj £951,514
Fastnet Rock £879,677
Acclamation £875,484
Exceed And Excel £871,975
Invincible Spirit £814,110