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Records Tumble at Tattersalls Ireland
Numerous records were broken during the two-day Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale which ended on Wednesday. Over the two days of trade (19-20 September), gross sales reached €11,451,000 at an average price of €28,556 and median of €23,000 representing increases of 12, 14 and 21 per cent respectively compared with 2016. The results are the best in the sale's history. The sale topper was a colt by Showcasing out of the Invincible Spirit mare Starfly (Lot 219) which sold for a sale record of €230,000. Consigned by Ballyphilip Stud, the colt was purchased by Michael O'Hagan, acting on behalf of Grovendale Advisory Services. "He's a real athlete," said O'Hagan. "We thought he was one of the nicest horses in the sale. Trainer Clive Cox picked him out individually, and he will be going into training with Clive on behalf of a client." Managing Director Roger Casey praised the success of the sale commenting: "Strong, frenetic and vibrant are just some of the terms that begin to encapsulate the description of the trade witnessed here at Tattersalls Ireland over the last two days and there has been an array of positives to acknowledge at what is the continuously progressive September Yearling Sale; the highest price for a yearling on record at Tattersalls Ireland of €230,000, major increases in the aggregate 12 per cent, median 21 per cent and average 14 per cent and an impressive clearance rate of 90 per cent." He continued: "This year's catalogue, despite a decrease in the number of lots, has produced the highest turnover on record and likewise the highest average and median on record…[the] results speak for themselves."