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Tattersalls October Sales

Average fell by four per cent during Book 2 of the October Sale

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Mixed messages hailing from Tattersalls Book 2

BOOK 2 of Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale concluded in Newmarket on Thursday afternoon and the middle-market auction, which for many is the best guide to the true health of the Anglo-Irish bloodstock business, returned mixed messages.

While those buying found competition tough for the better horses, the Book 2 clearance rate fell from 83 per cent last yearto 74 per cent this week as those that failed to make shortlists proved harder to move on at a price that would recoup some of their production costs.

A total of 28 lots made six figures, five more than last year, but the Book 2 tradewas still a far cry from when it was first held in its current format at the market's height in 2007, when 55 yearlings realised 100,000gns or more.

The 25,000gns median remained constant with last year although the 32,470gns average dropped by four per cent. The turnover for an increased catalogue rose by eight per cent to 22.2 million gns.
Just as in Book 1, Sheikh Mohammed's purchasing via John Ferguson was noticeably reduced on its past levels, although Hamdan Al Maktoum was the leading Book 2 buyer, spending 1,221,000gns on 14 horses.

Ferguson was underbidder on Thursday's top lot, a Genesis Green Stud home-bred Green Desert colt out of a half-sister to Victory Note. He is set to be trained in Newmarket by Luca Cumani after agent Rachel Boffey, acting for owner Stuart Stuckey, bought the youngster for 145,000gns.

"He was a nice scopey colt with a great walk and I was delighted to get him," said Boffey.

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