The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale made a strong start with a wide representation of international buyers all contributing to an opening day which saw increases across all key indicators. Twelve lots made 100,000 guineas or more and two lots shared top billing at 270,000 guineas. A total of 247 lots were sold for 6,424,800 guineas, at an average of 26,011 guineas and a median of 13,500 guineas. The clearance rate was 91%. The joint top lot on the opening day was the 2YO colt Sincil Bank (Hat Trick) who was secured by SackvilleDonald's Alastair Donald for 270,000 guineas after fending off competition from Stuart Bowman as well as eventual under bidder Stephen Hillen. Later in the evening, the second lot to make 270,000 guineas was 3YO colt Imperial Aviator (Paco Boy) who attracted a number of potential purchasers including Guy Mulcaster and Roger Charlton, but it was Johnny McKeever sitting with Gai Waterhouse's co-trainer Adrian Bott who came out on top. Trained by Roger Charlton, Imperial Aviator has been placed in six of his nine runs and has a 'Timeform' rating of 108. "He is a gorgeous horse, the outstanding lot of the day. He is an attractive stayer and we could not leave him behind," McKeever commented. "We have been lucky here for Gai before, and bought Group 1 winners Glencadam Gold and The Offer, let's hope the luck continues with this horse." The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale continues at 9:30am on Tuesday, October 25.