Media Naranja tops the Tattersalls Online December Sale

Lot 48 MEDIA NARANJA was purchased for 110,000 guineas by Tom Malone Bloodstock in the Tattersalls Online December Sale
Lot 48 MEDIA NARANJA was purchased for 110,000 guineas by Tom Malone Bloodstock in the Tattersalls Online December Sale

The Tattersalls Online December Sale was topped by exciting National Hunt prospect MEDIA NARANJA who sold for 110,000 guineas to Tom Malone Bloodstock. A winner at her only start to date, the three-year-old filly by Champion National Hunt sire YEATS posed an impressive victory at Craon on the 4th of December, which caught the attention of many astute bidders. Offered by her trainer, Hugo Merienne, she is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner MOSSY FEN and comes from the same family as multiple Grade 1 winners SOUND MAN, PAIROFBROWNEYES and SAMCRO.


Following the sale, Hugo Merienne commented on the filly:


Media Naranja was very impressive on her first run, and I am sure she will have a brilliant future. She is jumping like a stag and she showed her class first time out on the flat, she will have no problem to do a great novice season I am sure. She hasn’t finished growing and I don’t think we have seen half of what she will be able to do in the future. I wish a lot of luck to her new owner, but I don’t think luck will be needed.”


Merienne was also very complimentary regarding his experience selling with Tattersalls Online:


“I wanted to thank Tattersalls Online for their help. It’s the second time I’ve sold online through their platform, I feel more and more confident about it. It’s a great tool and the result is always there. The team is very helpful and it’s always a pleasure to work with them.”


As well as securing the top lot in the sale, Tom Malone also went to 75,000 guineas to secure WHISPERING ROYAL. Consigned by Barry Fitzgerald’s Old Leighlin Stables, the two-year old son of GUSTAV KLIMT was an impressive winner on debut at Dundalk last month.


Bloodstock agent Hugo Merry was also active in the sale, being responsible for two purchases. The young FARHH mare SOPHIE, a half-sister to Group 1 1000 Guineas winner CACHET, was purchased for 90,000 guineas. Sold by Karen George’s Higher Eastingdon Stables, she was offered in foal to ACLAIM, thus carrying a three-quarter relation to the outstanding Classic winner. The opportunity to access a lifetime breeding right to promising young stallion CRACKSMAN also attracted the attention of Merry who outlaid 78,000 guineas for the breeding right. CRACKSMAN has had a favourable start to his stud career with his first crop highlighted by the Group 2 winner ALOA, as well as Listed winner DANCE IN THE GRASS.


The Tattersalls Online December Sale realised a gross of 612,600 guineas and average of 14,941 guineas. The sale attracted over 170 registered bidders from across the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as France, Italy, Germany and the Middle East region.


Unsold lots remain available for purchase through the Make An Offer facility of the Tattersalls Online platform with offers and enquiries welcome via email and phone to the Tattersalls Online team.


The next Tattersalls Online sale will take place on 18th – 19th January. The sale is open to all types of entries including Horses In/Out of Training, Mares, Foals, Yearlings, Point to Pointers, Stores, Breeding Rights and Stallion Shares. Further enquiries about the Tattersalls Online sales are welcome by email to