THE sale of the brother to Group 2 Rockfel Stakes winner Al Thakhira set a record for the opening day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale when selling for 160,000 guineas. Trade throughout the day saw a total of 194 foals sell for 2,138,400 guineas, a record for the opening day of the Foal Sale. Turnover was up 22% on the opening session in 2012 whilst the average and median rose 6% and 8% respectively to 11,023 guineas and 7,000 guineas. A significant catalogue update translated into a record opening day price at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. The Champs Elysees colt offered by Plumton Hall Stud and a halfbrother to the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes winner and Breeders' Cup runner Al Thakhira, form achieved since publication of the catalogue, was knocked down for 160,000gns. He was bought by Stauffenberg Bloodstock Services for a pinhooking syndicate and will travel to Germany and be reoffered as a yearling. "He is a very correct foal and was my pick of the day - if not the week," said Philipp Graf Stauffenberg. "If Al Thakhira had done what she has earlier in the year, this would have been a Friday foal."