TWO horses shared the top prices at Tattersalls Ascot July Sale selling for £55,000 apiece.
The sale concluded with gains across the board; the aggregate rose 96% to £982,700, while the average of £8,121 showed an impressive increase of 93%. The clearance rate was a healthy 81%.
The first lot to lead the way was the consistent performer Magic Dancer (Lot 56). A four-time winner, and graded-placed over hurdles, the Norse Dancer gelding was consigned by the Bell House Stables (Miss K. Lee) and sold to K & J Bloodstock.
Lot 80, Winter Sky, shared the day's top honours. The Invincible Spirit filly boasts a strong Australian pedigree and was purchased by agent Johnny McKeever.
She was consigned by the days' leading vendor Godolphin, who sold 14 horses for a total of £266,500 and an average of £19,036.
Irish trainer Peter Fahey's Roefield Stables sold bumper performers Jinsha and Bathiva as the two next highest-priced lots.
Jinsha (Lot 109), a Presenting mare who was placed second recently in a Worcester bumper, went to Mark Goggins for £50,000.
Just one lot before, trainer David Dennis secured Bathiva (Lot 108A) for £46,000. The Spanish Moon gelding was placed twice in bumper company and once in a maiden hurdle.
At the conclusion of the sale, Matt Prior, Head of Tattersalls Ascot Sales, commented: "The demand for quality continues to be strong at the Tattersalls Ascot Sales.
"A catalogue containing flat and National Hunt horses attracted a large contingent of domestic and international purchasers, including those from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar.
"The day's trade continued the market trends from the Tattersalls July Sale last week, and we look forward to returning on Tuesday, 20th August for the Tattersalls Ascot August Sale."