Tattersalls Ascot March Sale concluded with a top price of £50,000 and an impressive clearance rate of 82% with 126 of the 154 horses offered sold. The aggregate concluded on £936,300, the median on £3,500 and the average on £7,258.
Sonru impressed with his 25-length victory in the five-year-old Geldings Maiden at Turtulla for Donnchadh Doyle. The son of Jeremy fetched the highest price of the day selling to Melbourne 10 Racing for £50,000. The gelding will head to upcoming trainer Christian Williams (Lot 119).
Pearl Royale won on three occasions, a win over hurdles and twice a winner over fences including Listed Mares' Chase at Carlisle, trained by Nigel Hawke. The Robin des Champs mare was knocked down to Thorne Farm Racing for £42,000 (Lot 77).
Whatsupwithyou has shown consistency throughout his career to date having won and being placed on two of his three outings. By the highly regarded Shantou and consigned by Denis Murphy, the five-year-old will head to Cheltenham Festival winning trainer Ben Pauling having signed for him for £35,000 (Lot 128).
At the conclusion of the sale, Director of Horses in Training Sales Richard Pugh commented;
"Today's sale has been well supported by Irish and UK vendors and has offered purchasers the opportunity to buy all categories of bloodstock. We welcomed a broad bench of purchasers, both domestic and international with countries represented including Germany, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Jersey and Libya. Today's results measured well against last years and it was really pleasing to produce a clearance rate of 82% along with a top price of £50,000. We now look forward to the first European Two-Year-Old Breeze Up Sale of 2019 here at Ascot in just under two weeks' time which offers a reduced catalogue of 91 lots."