2010 October Yearling Sale Book 3 Day 3 Press Release


Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale brought the October Yearling Sale to a close at Park Paddocks with a daughter of IFFRAAJ topping the score sheets. The final day saw 48 lots sell for 242,400 guineas, resulting in Book 3 returning figures of 284 lots for 1,842,200 guineas, at an average of 6,487 guineas and a median of 3,500 guineas. Books 2 and 3 saw 969 lots sell for 24,084,100 guineas at an average of 24,855 guineas and a median of 16,000 guineas whilst for Books 1, 2 and 3, the 1418 lots sold realised 72,327,100 guineas at an average of 51,006 guineas and an average of 27,000 guineas.

The top price during the final session of the October Yearling Sale was the daughter of leading first-season sire IFFRAAJ consigned from Maurice Burns' Rathasker Stud. Out of the DANEHILL mare QUAICH, she was knocked down to BBA Ireland’s Michael Donohoe for 46,000 guineas after he saw off agents Jamie Railton and David Redvers. Donohoe, commented; "She's been bought on behalf of Tom Whitehead of Powerstown Stud and has been bought to Breeze.”

October Yearling Sale Book 3  Figures:                            
2010 510 433 284 1,842,200 6,487 3,500
2009 466 412 294 2,442,500 8,308 5,850
October Yearling Sale Book 3 Day 3 Figures:                            
2010 110 88 48 242,400 5,050 3,000

At the conclusion of the third and final Book of the 2010 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

“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. It remains true, however, that demand for quality, commercial yearlings has been sustained throughout the week and it was encouraging to see leading buyers active to the very end of the sale. Another positive has been the cumulative spend on yearlings at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale this year. The total turnover has held up remarkably well, falling just a notch short of last year’s figure of around 76 million guineas and matching the 2008 level of 72 million guineas.

“The huge numbers have been challenging for all concerned, but looking ahead, figures from the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association suggest a drop in the combined 2010 British and Irish foal crops of around 25% which will make the task of managing the numbers more straightforward next year. While the decline in the foal crop is not confined exclusively to flat bred yearlings the fall in numbers should also bring supply more in line with current levels of demand which is crucial for the industry going forward.”

The next sale at Tattersalls is the Autumn Horses in Training Sale which takes place October 25 – 28. Catalogues are out now and available from Tattersalls and Tattersalls representatives.