A mare from the draft of Shadwell Estates topped the fourth and final session of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale at 82,000 guineas, bringing the December Sale and sales at Park Paddocks to a close for the year.

Turnover at the Mares Sale topped 60 million guineas whilst the turnover for the December Sale, including the foals and yearlings, fell marginally short of 100 million guineas.

Another indication of the market's strength is the fact that Thursday's top price of 82,000gns was the highest price for this particular session since 2012.

Adaalah, a daughter of Oasis Dream and Royal Ascot winner Muteela, was knocked down to Najd Stud’s Saud Al Qahtani after he saw off underbidder Ted Durcan in a protracted bidding dual. She was sold in-foal to Eqtidaar, having had a filly foal by the sire this spring.

"We don't know plans yet, I need to call Saudi and find out," said Al Qahtani. "She may stay here with other mares or she may ship to Saudi. We have also bought Under The Stars on Tuesday, who is in-foal to Frankel.

"They may stay with Ted Voute, who of course reared this year's champion Mishriff. This mare is by Oasis Dream, which was very attractive for us, he is a good broodmare sire. She has had a very nice foal this year by the same stallion."

Of wider plans, Al Qahtani added: "We are hoping to build a significant operation in Europe."

Mahony comment

Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony commented: "Beginning with Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, the 2021 Tattersalls sales season has consistently outperformed expectation and the global demand throughout this week’s December Mares Sale has seen the momentum sustained to the very end.

“Record medians at both the December Yearling Sale and December Foal Sale demonstrated the extraordinary depth in all sectors of the market and we have seen that replicated over the past four days with buyers from throughout the world all contributing to a sale which has not only comfortably surpassed last year’s returns but also the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

“The 2021 Tattersalls December Mares Sale has produced turnover well in excess of 60 million guineas, 45% higher than last year, wide-margin gains in average and median, an impressive clearance rate above 80% and an unprecedented 164 fillies and mares which have sold for 100,000 guineas or more.

"Annual turnover at Tattersalls has leapt from 260 million guineas in 2020 to more than 320 million guineas this year, a figure bettered only twice and a clear demonstration of a wider industry which has quickly regained confidence and vibrance after the rigours of last year.

“The four outstanding seven-figure lots - Waldlied, Cayenne Pepper, Sunday Times and Flotus - all paid tribute to the consistent demand for bloodstock of the highest quality which has been the feature of the 2021 Tattersalls sales season, but the real highlight has been the opportunity to welcome back so many international buyers to Park Paddocks.

"The Tattersalls December Mares Sale showcases the very best breeding stock to be found in Europe, and the easing of travel restrictions has seen the return of the uniquely international atmosphere to this historic fixture with international buyers competing at all levels of the market.

"Buyers from America, Australia, France and Japan have been particularly prominent and the throng of overseas participants have faced strong competition throughout from their British and Irish counterparts.

“As well as recognising the massive contribution from the buyers we must also pay tribute to the consignors who every year make the Tattersalls December Sale a highlight of the international bloodstock sales calendar.

"The major consignments from Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell Estates, as well as the dispersal of Sir Robert Ogden’s fillies and mares, proved to be hugely popular and the support of the top consignors from Britain, Ireland and France has yet again been rewarded with the unrelenting global demand which has long been the hallmark of Europe’s premier sale of breeding stock.”


Current Year Previous Year Change %

Catalogued 1,170 1,108 +6%

Withdrawn 206 242 -15%

Offered 964 866 +11%

Unsold 176 131 +34%

Sold 788 735 +7%

Aggregate 62,412,700gns 43,111,900gns +45%

Median 26,000gns 20,000gns +30%

Average 79,204gns 58,656gns +35%

% sold 82% 85% -4%