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Records Tumble At Tattersalls Feb Sale
The Tattersalls February Sale, being held over two days for the first time, saw records across the board as it concluded on Friday evening. The robust trade continued from where it left off on Thursday with a remarkable 94% clearance rate sending turnover past 2 million guineas for the second consecutive day. The turnover for the sale of 5,710,200 guineas was more than double the previous February Sale record set last year whilst the average and median of 16,944 guineas and 8,000 guineas were both records for the sale, up 56% and 60% on last year's corresponding sale. Leading the way on the second day was the Oasis Dream filly Dream Waltz consigned from John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables who was knocked down to Laurent Benoit's Broadhurst Agency for 105,000 guineas. The filly was purchased on behalf of Australian owner Peter Maher who raced her Classic winning dam Valentine Waltz. Maher secured the filly despite the efforts of agent Barry Lynch and Arrowfield Stud's Paul Messara and indicated that she would be shipped to Australia and covered. At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls February Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented: "The Tattersalls February Sale has achieved phenomenal growth in recent years and the 2017 renewal has taken it to a new level...This year we extended the sale to two days for the first time and the turnover has soared to nearly 6 million guineas, more than double last year's record level, the average has reached a new record of 16,944 guineas and even last year's impressive clearance rate of 82% has jumped to 90%."