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Volume mars figures as October sale closes

SOME 11 days after it began, Europe’s largest exchange of yearlings quietly reached its conclusion at lunchtime today after an October Sale that had seen next season’s two-year-olds trading at a full of spectrum of prices from 1.2 million gns to 800gns.

Edmond Mahony

Edmond Mahony: "arduous week"

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A respectable total of 72 per cent of those offered found new homes, compared to 78 per cent last year during - after 1,957 lots went under the hammer - the largest ever renewal of this sale.

The raw figures can tell them that the 27,000gns October yearling median price fell by 10 per cent on last year, the 51,006 gns average (down 8 per cent) was the lowest since 2004 while the 72.3 million gns turnover fell by 7 per cent.

"This has been an arduous week with Books 2 and 3 accommodating more yearlings than ever before and as noted at the end of Book 2, the numbers have had an adverse impact on the clearance rate," reflected Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony.

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