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DBS Premier Yearlings Sale - (day one) - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news from day one at Doncaster

    THE DBS Premier Sale has long held an excellent reputation as a source of sharp, successful two-year-olds and this season has already proven to be no exception thanks to the likes of Queen Mary and Duchess of Cambridge Stakes winner Illuminate (sold by Croom House Stud for £95,000 to Peter and Ross Doyle) and Molecomb Stakes winner Kachy (sold by Denniff Farms for £52,000 to SackvilleDonald) alongside Listed winners Tasleet, Argentero and Delizia.

    Meanwhile, older graduates such as Toormore, New Providence, Limato, Markaz and Kool Kompany continue to do the sale proud.

    Led by a £230,000 son of Starspangledbanner, last year’s sale was a solid renewal, with 418 horses changing hands for a total of £15,545,000. The average rose 14 per cent to to £37,101 while the median increased by eight per cent to £27,000.

    Judging by the traffic on the sales grounds, this year’s edition promises to be again competitive. Potential buyers were already scouting the grounds on Saturday and yesterday, plenty of people remarked that the yards were the busiest they could remember. All the big players are here - including members of the Qatar Racing, Coolmore, Darley and Shadwell teams - as are a healthy number of trainers, among them William Haggas, Marco Botti, Roger Varian and Richard Hannon.

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    Today’s session also features one of only two six-figure pinhooks on offer in Lot 63, a Casamento colt who cost today’s vendor Yeomanstown Stud €105,000 at last year’s Goffs November Sale.

    One of 20 by the sire in the sale, he is a half-brother to a winner and out of Three Times, a Bahamian Bounty half-brother to Listed winner Trinity Joy.

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    Our 1st ever yearling (Lot 126 BAHAMIAN BOUNTY x ALIANTE) to sell at Goffs DBS will go into the sales ring...

    This sale always provokes plenty of chat on the first-crop sires. Here's Bobby O'Ryan's view:

    "Big fans of the Maysons - they're all good walkers with good tops. The Requintos all look like runners and there are few nice Sir Prancealots here. The Dragon Pulse's are all the same - powerful with big walks.

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    Today’s standouts include two lots with very good updates.

    Lot 48 is a Zebedee half-brother to Shadow Hunter, who broke her maiden in Saturday’s Roses Stakes at York. A €20,000 Goffs November pinhook and sold today by Egmont Stud, he is from the family of good two-year-old Daggers Drawn.

    Lot 130, meanwhile, is a Born To Sea colt out of Alkhawarah, an Intidab half-sister to the dam of Sunday’s brilliant Prix Morny winner Shalaa.

    Like Shalaa, Lot 130 is offered as a homebred from Castlefarm Stud, who paid 26,000gns for his dam at the 2011 Tattersalls July Sale. This colt was bought back for 68,000gns as a foal last year, a move which could look fortuitous following the emergence of Shalaa.

    Lot 130: b c Born To Sea - Alkhawarah 

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    Here is a rare offering - one of only three registered foals from the first, and only, crop of the sub-fertile Caspar Netscher.

    Offered by Chasemore Farm on behalf of breeder Earl Ecurie du Grand Chene as Lot 81, she is the first foal out of Twin Love, an unraced Astronomer Royal half-sister to Tagula.

    Caspar Netscher retired to Morristown Lattin Stud for the 2013 season. He was hugely popular among breeders but unfortunately severe fertility problems forced his return to training. Not all those that come back from stud return to the same level of form but Caspar Netscher has been a credit to David Simcock, winning last year’s Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine.

    Lot 81 

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    Lot 4: b f Bated Breath - Salmon Rose (Iffraaj)

    The first Bated Breath through the ring is well received, selling for £68,000 to Ross Doyle and Richard Hannon. David Wachman, standing with Paul Shanahan and Kevin Buckley, was the underbidder (Coolmore seem quite struck with Bated Breath - MV Magnier paid €100,000 for a filly by the stallion at Arqana).

    Sold by Knockenduff Stud, this filly was bought back for 32,000gns as a foal. She is the first foal out of Salmon Rose, a half-sister to Prince Bishop.

    Bated Breath was one of the buzz horses at last year's sales, with foals selling up to 130,000gns.
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    Hit the ground running @GoffsDBS Premier sale purchased cracking filly by Bated Breath lot 4 very racy ????????
    Lot 13: b f Born To Sea - Shahmina (Danehill)

    It doesn't take long for the Hannons and Doyles to strike again - this time they go to £62,000 for Manister House Stud's filly by Born To Sea.

    The first yearling through this morning by her sire, whose first foals created quite a stir at last year's sales, she is a half-sister to a winner and out of a placed sister to the Group 2-placed two-year-old Sundari. 

    For Luke Barry of Manister House, she provided a good markup on the €15,000 she cost the operation at the Goffs November Sale.

    "We bought her as a foal and she's done everything right - she's always been a lovely filly," said Barry shortly after the sale. "She's a lovely, sharp sort who was ideal for this sale, plus she's out of a Danehill mare. The stallion is also getting some lovely stock.

    "She was very popular throughout here and we're thrilled. We wish the Hannons the very best of luck with her."

    This sale has been a happy ground for Manister House in the past; in 2010, they sold subsequent Phoenix Stakes winner La Collina for £42,000 to Kevin Prendergast while last year, they sold a Canford Cliffs filly - a 23,000gns pinhook - for £180,000 to Tony Nerses.
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    Lot 31: ch c Mayson - Spangle (Pivotal)

    Shadwell's first purchase is this flashy colt from the first crop of Mayson, for whom they paid £50,000. He was a 35,000gns pinhook by Abbeylands Farm.

    Rathbarry Stud sold the colt, who is a half-brother to triple winner Dutch Gal and out of the unplaced Spangle. His third dam, Listed winner Khalafiya, is the dam of Hardwick Stakes winner Predappio.

    Mayson's progeny have come in for good remarks by several respected judges - only this morning Bobby O'Ryan remarked that 'they look like runners - a lot of them have good tops and big walks'.

    Among the yearlings catalogued later in the sale is a half-brother to Penitent and Supplicant (469), who is being offered by Trickledown Stud on behalf of Cheveley Park Stud, where Mayson stands. Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, had this to say about Mayson's progeny earlier this month:

    "Mayson has some eye-catching foals who have lovely outlooks. His 2015 foals are once again impressing, which has been reflected in him covering his largest book of mares since retiring to stud in 2013. 

    "Like Mayson, his yearlings look progressive; we will have some nice colts on offer at the sales this year, including a half brother to Group winners Penitent and Supplicant, as well as a three-parts brother to the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner, Hooray."

    The latter is catalogued to Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

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    Lot 35: b c Tagula - Stained Glass (Dansili)

    It was at this sale seven years ago that Peter Doyle paid £50,000 for a Tagula colt - Canford Cliffs. And the team will be hoping that lightning strikes twice with this colt, for whom Ross Doyle signs at £90,000.

    According to the Racing Post database, lot 35 is the most expensive Tagula ever sold.

    He provides an excellent result for vendor Mark Dwyer of Oaks Farm Stables, who paid a reasonable €25,000 for the colt at last year's Goffs November Sale. He is the second foal out of Stained Glass, an unraced half-sister to Listed winner Mirror Lake from the Juddmonte family of Trade Fair and Ventura.

    "He's been a lovely horse from day one," said Dwyer. "He's good all the way through prep and showed himself consistently well since her got here. From the first show to the last show, he's been the same.

    "We've had a few Tagulas through our hands before, but never one as good as him."

    Willie Browne added: "He's always had a great action on him - a good stamp of a horse."

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    We have struck early @GoffsDBS to buy a gorgeous Tamayuz filly out of a Galileo mare for £32,000. 1/16th shares are available. Trainer TBC.
    Lot 50: ch c Dragon Pulse - Taalluf (Hansel)

    A good day for pinhookers continues as Ross Doyle goes to £78,000 for a half-brother to the Listed-placed Middleham - he cost today's vendor Lynn Lodge €31,000 out of last year's Goffs November Sale.

    We're barely two hours into the sale and Peter and Ross Doyle have already signed for five lots worth £322,000.
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    Lot 51: b c Bahamian Bounty - Tahtheeb (Muhtarram)

    The Doyle spree continues as the agent outbids Matt Houldsworth at £125,000 for a Bahamian Bounty colt out of the Listed-placed Tahtheeb. He is one of 59 registered yearlings by his recently retired sire, who was a stalwart of the National Stud for so many years.

    This colt is another good pinking result - he was sold to Goodwill Bloodstock for €43,000 at the Goffs November Sale and was sold today by Mountain View Stud.
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    Lot 52: b c Paco Boy - Tamara Moon (Acclamation)

    Tamara Moon has come a long way since selling for £450 at Brightwells Ascot Sale in November 2011. Less than a year later, her first foal, Chilworth Icon, won the Woodcote Stakes and today she features as the dam of the second six-figure yearling to go through the ring, a Paco Boy colt who sells to Shadwell for £100,000.

    It's a very good result for the colt's breeder and vendor Highclere Stud - not only do they stand Paco Boy but they paid just 12,000gns for Tamara Moon at the 2012 Tattersalls December Sale.

    "We have a good sprinter by Paco Boy [Maljaa] with Roger Varian," said Angus Gold. "This is a different type of horse with a bit more scope. He's a quality horse and a half-brother to a decent runner."

    The winning Tamara Moon is a half-sister to four winners and from the further family of American Listed winner Lac Dessert.
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    Lot 45 purchased @GoffsDBS a precocious looking son of Foxwedge, strong with a good walk
    Lot 58: b c Nathaniel - Tesary (Danehill)

    One of the more eagerly anticipated lots of the day, the first Nathaniel through the ring, doesn't disappoint, selling for £190,000 to Angus Gold of Shadwell Estates, standing alongside Nathaniel's trainer John Gosden. Ross Doyle and his father Peter were among the underbidders.

    Bred by Peter Winkworth and sold by Hillwood Stud, the colt is a half-brother to three winners, including the highly rated pair Englishman and Verbeek. His dam, triple winner Tesary, is from the further family of Anabaa and Country Reel.

    "I've liked the Nathaniels I've seen and I think he's an exciting horse," said Gold. "He's class with stamina, which is exactly what we need.

    "This is a lovely horse out of a Danehill mare who is from a good family further back. I thought he showed himself very well. I imagine he'll go to John Gosden."

    Gold added: "My gut feeling on first looks is that tomorrow has a stronger group of horses. This is a remarkable sale that just continues to churn out the winners. Tasleet is a real Donny horse - he's small but very tough and can run. And the same goes for Mubtaghaa."

    b c Nathaniel - Tesary 

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    Lot 63: ch c Casamento - Three Times (Bahamian Bounty)

    It doesn't take long for the top mark of £190,000 to be eclipsed as the Hong Kong Jockey Club go to £200,000 for a first-crop son of Casamento from Yeomanstown Stud. At €105,000, he was the most expensive pinhook on offer today.

    "It's not usual for us to buy yearlings by first-crop sires but Casamento is a son of Shamardal, the sire of Able Friend, and he's very solid in Hong Kong, as he is everywhere else," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. "To me, he looked a typical Shamardal type so we were willing to take a chance.

    "There's lots of black-type on the page and he's a cracking individual. He's a real Hong Kong type of horse - he has a big wide backside and a big walk. 

    "What we're doing is trying to cherry pick the quality. This sale is renowned for producing winners and has produced a few horses that are doing well in Hong Kong at the moment - Peniaphobia springs to mind. And that's what we want - we're not after stallion pedigrees but runners."

    Bred by David and George Mullins, this colt is a half-brother to dual winner Nataconleali and out of a half-sister to Listed winner Trinity Joy. It's the further family of Carlton House.
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    The next Born To Sea makes £70k to @Doyle_Racing also. Big result for breeder/consignor Liam Phelan @GoffsDBS @AgaKhanStuds #OnFire #Popular
    Lot 81: b f Caspar Netscher - Twin Love (Astronomer Royal)

    The Caspar Netscher filly will carry the same Charles Wentworth colours as her sire after selling to Tom Malone for £50,000.

    Malone and Alan McCabe paid 65,000gns for Caspar Netscher as a two-year-old. He went on to capture the Mill Reef Stakes and German 2,000 Guineas before retiring to Morristown Lattin Stud. Unfortunately, severe fertility problems forced his return to training - he has since won the Northern Dancer Stakes - and there are only three foals from that first and only crop.

    "She was a lot like Caspar Netscher, and one of only three by the sire so we decided to take a chance on her - let's hope she's as classy as her father," said Malone.

    "The price was around what we knew they wanted - she's eligible for the French premiums so we had to pay what we had to pay."

    The filly was sold by Chasemore Farm on behalf of Earl Ecurie du Grand Chene. She is the first foal out of her dam, a half-sister to Tagula.

    Lot 81: b f Caspar Netscher - Twin Love 

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    With 100 lots under the hammer, the average is running at £40,284, 7 per cent above last year's overall figure.

    21 horses have sold for £50,000 or more including lot 92, a Royal Applause filly out of Group 3 winner Virginia Hall sold by breeder Limestone Stud for £77,000 to Joe Foley. She is followed into the ring by an Acclamation filly bred by Laundry Cottage Stud out of the Listed-placed Wake Up Call who was sold out of Jamie Railton's consignment for £75,000 to the Cool Silk Partnership and Matt Coleman.
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    Lot 111: b c Casamento - Zaynaba (Traditionally)

    Another vote of confidence for the chances of Casamento as Ross Doyle and Richard Hannon - once again - strike at £80,000 for this colt from Whatton Manor Stud. He was a €23,000 pinhook by the stud from Jackie Norris' Jockey Hall Stud out of last year's Goffs November Sale.

    "We're keen on Casamento but just loved the individual," said Ed Player of Whatton Manor. "We've always wanted to buy from Jockey Hall but had never been able to afford it, so we were very pleased when we got this colt last year - Jackie does a great job.

    "I've loved this horse from day one - he's never turned a hair. He was very popular from the moment he got here and we thought he might make £50,000 but never dreamed he could go that far. And it's great he's gone to such a good place - he has a real chance of being a good racehorse. We wish the Hannons the best of luck."

    The colt is the second foal out of Zaynaba, an unraced half-sister to the Listed winners Zand and Zanughan who was bought by Jackie Norris for just €1,000 at the 2009 Goffs February Sale. Further back it is the family of Zarkava.
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    Lot 116: gr c Zebedee - Absolutely Cool (Indian Ridge)

    Peter and Ross Doyle have already spent over £600,000 here today but Shadwell aren't close behind and add to their haul with the £140,000 purchase of this colt, a half-brother to celebrated DBS graduate Kool Kompany. As a result, Shadwell's expenditure now sits at £576,000.

    A grey like his sire, and therefore without the flashy markings of his half-brother, this colt was a €72,000 pinhook by today's vendor Tally-Ho Stud.

    He is the seventh foal out of the placed Absolutely Cool and also a half-brother to the Listed-placed Ridge City.

    Lot 116: gr c Zebedee - Absolutely Cool. Photo: DBS/Sarah Farnsworth 

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    Lot 120: b c Dutch Art - Age Of Chivalry (Invincible Spirit)

    Shadwell's busy day continues as Angus Gold outbids Matt Coleman, standing with James Given, at £190,000 for this colt, a son of Group 3 winner Age Of Chivalry. 

    Bred by Rockcliffe Stud, he was sold today by Highclere Stud.

    "I’m delighted, we brought a very strong draft to the sale," said Carolyn Warren of Highclere Stud. "The yearling was bred by the Keswicks who have Rockcliffe Stud and owned Sky Lantern.The colt was always a gorgeous horse and I said he would do well at Doncaster. I was very confident he would go for a lot and thought he was a perfect yearling for the sale. Its been a very good day, I'm thrilled."

    Lot 120: b c Dutch Art - Age Of Chivalry. Photo: DBS/Sarah Farnsworth 

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    Lot 126: ch c Bahamian Bounty - Aliante (Sir Percy)

    Raffles Racing's first foray as vendor into the European yearling market results in the £70,000 sale of their Bahamian Bounty colt out of Aliante sells to SackvilleDonald.

    The colt, sold by Brook Stud, is the first foal out of the winning Aliante, a half-sister to this year's South African Group 2 winner Kingston Mines from the famous Alruccaba family.

    The New Zealand-based Raffles Farm was bought in 2008 by Dato Yap, who today runs the farm in partnership with Lawrence Wadey and Bruce Sherwin. Australian champion Shamrocker is one of the many high-class horses to have carried their colours in Australasia in recent years as is the multiple Group 1 winner Sacred Falls, a recent recruit to stand at Waikato Stud. The operation also has one horse in training in Europe, a Rock Of Gibraltar colt named Sacred Rock who is with John Berry.
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    DBS: at the halfway stage of a buoyant day's trade, the average of £43,374 is up 17% on last year and the £34,000 median up 26%
    Glad to know that out LOT 126 BAHAMIAN BOUNTY x ALIANTE colt will be going to a great stable / owner @TomDascombe @themichaelowen #GoodLuck
    Lot 140: ch c Dutch Art - Apace (Oasis Dream)

    After coming off second best on the Bahamian Bounty - Tahtheeb colt earlier today, Geoffrey Howson and Matt Houldsworth (of the newly formed Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock) have better luck in their pursuit of this colt, which they secure for £140,000.

    The pair were acting on behalf of owners Ann Plumber and Tony Wechsler, for whom they bought the classy handicapper One Word More and winning sprint two-year-old Amomentofmadness at previous renewals of this sale. Charlie Hills is set to train.

    "He's a lovely colt by a wonderful stallion," said Houldsworth. "He's going to Charlie Hills. The owners are very enthusiastic, knowledgeable people and we're very pleased to have bought them such a lovely horse."

    Houldsworth added: "It's a very strong market for the good colts."

    Lot 140 was sold by Trickledown Stud on behalf of his breeder Cheveley Park Stud. A half-brother to recent two-year-old winner Curtain Call, he is the second foal out of the winning Apace, a half-sister to Listed winner Sugar Free.
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    One yearling purchased @GoffsDBS by @YeomanstownStud sire Dark Angel. Bought for same connections as Classic Winner Hero Look.
    Great market at DBS. Happy to get two stunners @biddestonestud FastCompany and @DarleyStallions Casemento filly for @brianmeehanltd clients
    Lot 183: gr f Dark Angel - Bun Penny (Bertolini)

    Ross Doyle's latest purchase for Richard Hannon is this filly, who will carry the colours of Al Shaqab Racing after selling for £180,000.

    "She's a lovely, racy filly by one of the best stallions in Europe," said Doyle. "We've been lucky with Dark Angel from day one. She's come from a very good farm.

    "She's for Al Shaqab and Richard [Hannon] was mad about her. 

    "This has been a very lucky sale for us in the past and we've managed to get a good few today."

    A 30,000gns pinhook by today's vendor Grangemore Stud, she is out of an unplaced half-sister to the Group 3-placed La Neige. It is the further family of Bahamian Bounty.
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    Lot 193: b c Mayson - Cardrona (Selkirk)

    This colt from Jamie Railton will carry the same Highfield Farm colours as his sire after selling to Emma Armstrong for £82,000. He was bred by Cheveley Park Stud and sold by the stud for 40,000gns to Badgers Bloodstock as a foal.

    He is out of the unplaced Cardrona, a half-sister to Listed winner Selinka and the promising Canford Cliffs two-year-old Tidal Wave.
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    Lot 196: b f Zoffany - Caterina di Cesi (Cape Town)

    Following the exploits of his first crop, Zoffany has unsurprisingly been popular today. Top billing so far goes to this filly, who is knocked down for £120,000 to Joe Foley. Federico Barberini signs the ticket.

    Offered as a homebred from Knocklong House Stud, she is a half-sister to a winner and out of a winning half-sister to Richard Hannon senior's flying filly of the 1990's, Risky.

    Coolmore later strike for one by the sire, with MV Magnier's name appearing next to lot 204, a £60,000 colt from Hillwood Stud.
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    Lot 242: b f Royal Applause - Dubai Bounty (Dubai Destination)

    Kachy's half-sister, offered by Rosyground Stud on behalf of Denniff Farms, is knocked down for £52,000 to David Brown.
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    BATED BREATH: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of £50,800

    BORN TO SEA: 5 offered, 3 sold for an average of £65,667

    CASAMENTO: 9 offered, 9 sold for an average of £55,667

    CASPAR NETSCHER: 1 sold for £50,000

    DELEGATOR: 1 sold for £20,000

    DRAGON PULSE: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of £40,000

    ELZAAM: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of £27,750

    EXCELEBRATION: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £37,167

    FAMOUS NAME: 1 sold for £30,000

    FOXWEDGE: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of £28,400

    HARBOUR WATCH: 13 offered, 12 sold for an average of £22,500

    HELMET: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of £36,600

    MAYSON: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of £31,333

    NATHANIEL: 1 sold for £190,000

    POWER: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £40,000

    REQUINTO: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £28,500

    SAYIF: 1 sold for £14,000

    SEPOY: 1 sold for £25,000

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 10 offered, 6 sold for an average of £30,166

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    TALLY-HO STUD: 11 sold for a total of £479,000

    HIGHCLERE STUD: 4 sold for a total of £355,000

    YEOMANSTOWN STUD: 3 sold for a total of £310,000

    The scene looking down on the Tally-Ho yard early this morning. They ended the day as leading vendor. Photo: DBS/Sarah Farnsworth 

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    PETER AND ROSS DOYLE BLOODSTOCK: 18 bought for a total of £1,256,000

    SHADWELL ESTATE CO. LTD: 10 bought for a total of £956,000

    BBA IRELAND: 7 bought for a total of £296,000
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    Offered: 242

    Sold: 212 (88%)

    Aggregate: £8,286,000 (+6%)

    Average: £39,085 (+4%)

    Median: £300,000 (+7%)

    Top price: £200,000 paid by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for lot 63, ch c Casamento - Three Times, sold by Yeomanstown Stud

    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on previous sale appearance plus approx. expenses): 49 of 103
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    Tomorrow's sale starts at 10am. Catalogued as lot 286 from Houghton Bloodstock is a sister to Galileo Gold.

    Sister to Galileo Gold. Photo: Houghton Bloodstock 

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