Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud in Gowran, Co Kilkenny, paid the top price of 75,000gns on the first day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in Newmarket for a colt by Time Test.
A total of 16 foals sold for 40,000gns or more, compared to six at the corresponding session last year.
The turnover, average and median all saw healthy increases and the clearance rate was an impressive 84%, a record for the opening session.
The top lot on Wednesday came from Overbury Stud. The Time Test colt is out of the Dynaformer mare Wild Mimosa, who is a sister to Group 1 winners Summoner, Compton Admiral and Twyla Tharp. The foal is a half-brother to recent two-year-old winner Love Interest.
Murphy commented: "There is a bit going on in the pedigree. I thought less than that would buy him, but you have to keep bidding if you want one!"
Another Time Test colt, this one consigned by the National Stud where the stallion stands, was bought by Michael Fitzpatrick. Signing as Good Will Bloodstock, Fitzpatrick saw off the attentions of persistent underbidder Eddie O’Leary for 66,000gns.
"This is the first by Time Test that I have bought," Fitzpatrick commented. The stallion is a son of Dubawi and they are doing well, it is a trend that is becoming apparent. I'd like to have a Time Test to sell next year as I think his first crop as three-year-olds will go on again. This colt would be an October Book 2 type."
A colt by the champion Australian sire Zoustar achieved the second highest price of the opening session, the Highclere Stud consigned colt attracting a flurry of bids from around the sales ring before he was knocked down to Billy Jackson-Stops’ JS Bloodstock for 70,000gns.
"This is for a new pinhooking venture for Tony Elliott's Rogues Gallery," reported Jackson-Stops. "He is a good-looking sort, a good physical and we liked him. Hopefully there will be good upside with Zoustar, and this colt is likely to return to the October Yearling Sale next year."
Highclere Stud consigned a son of their exciting first season sire Land Force, with Bansha House Stables’ Con Marnane striking at 65,000gns guineas for the February-foaled colt.
The well-bred colt is out of the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes placed Musical Art.
Marnane commented: "This is a lovely quality colt, I love the stallion, I think he could have some quality yearlings next year and this lad looks a real runner. We had to go an extra bid to get him, and it is the third foal we have bought this autumn. I have seen a few by the stallion, they are very nice and he was a very good racehorse."
The Foal Sale continues on Thursday.
2021 2020 Change %
Catalogued 238 228 +4%
Withdrawn 34 27 +26%
Offered 204 201 +1%
Unsold 33 66 -50%
Sold 171 135 +27%
Total 2,624,800 gns 1,585,100gns +66%
Median (gns) 10,000gns 8,000gns +25%
Average (gns) 15,350gns 11,741gns +31%
% sold 84% 67% +25%