TUESDAY will long remain in the memory for anyone lucky enough to be present at Newmarket for the annual Tattersalls December Sale. When the gavel fell on the last lot of the day at about 8.30pm, an incredible 45,665,0000gns had changed hands, a whopping 79% increase on last year and the most money ever spent on a single day at a European auction.

Inevitably the average and median figures also sky-rocketed, the former up 90% to 260,943gns, while the median of 85,000gns advanced 42% on last year’s figure.