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Goffs Orby Yearling Sale - Day One - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news from day one of the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale

    WITH two seven-figure yearlings and increases across-the-board, last year's renewal of the Goffs Orby Sale was a positive affair that was praised for its depth of buyers, both international and domestic. 

    Led by a €1.5 million Galileo colt who was sold to MV Magnier, the aggregate rose by 11 per cent to €38,450,500 for 352 (87%) yearlings sold. The average increased eight per cent to €109,234 while the median rose 23 per cent to €70,000, all of which prompted Goffs CEO Henry Beeby to comment: “Ireland’s best” was our cry as we headed towards Orby 14 and I am adamant that this was not just an idle boast or marketing line as we were sure our vendors had given us unprecedented support to help us compile a catalogue that truly featured 450 of the best Irish yearlings on the market this year. That view was vindicated by our buyers who contrived to return a stunning trade over the two days that has allowed us to post a much improved set of statistics which build on two very good years. Every level of the market has grown with more yearlings realising over €100,000, over €250,000, over €500,000 and, of course our two millionaires."

    This year, with the exploits of recent Orby graduates Covert Love, Simple Verse, Ribchester and Arod still fresh in the mind, Goffs offer buyers an increased catalogue of 487 yearlings. The group contains those by the usual powerful array of international stallions, including Galileo (14 yearlings), Redoute's Choice (three yearlings) and Invincible Spirit (14 yearlings), but adding further allure are the presence of six yearlings from the first crop of Frankel. The first - lot 24 - is a daughter of champion Alexander Goldrun and is widely tipped to be the star of the sextet.

    Last year's €1.5 million sale-topping son of Galileo. Now named The Major General, he is in training with Aidan O'Brien and although unraced, still holds an entry in the Racing Post Trophy. Photo: Goffs/Sarah Farnsworth Photography

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    A great feature of the 2014 renewal was the depth of international buyers. The China Horse Club was the major new face last year - and members of their team were busy on the grounds yesterday - but the sale also featured investment from buyers from America, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa and China in addition to continental Europe.

    However, judging by pre-sale whispers, it would seem that there are even greater numbers of international buyers on the ground this year, particularly those from American buyers.

    Walker Hancock of Claiborne Farm in Kentucky is here alongside the farm's bloodstock manager Bernie Sams. Also present are agents Alex Solis and Jason Litt, who regularly sign on behalf of LNJ Foxwoods, a powerful and emerging force within the American market. The pair went to 700,000gns on behalf of LNJ Foxwoods for a Dansili sister to Zoffany during their first trip to Tattersalls last October.

    Hancock, Solis and Litt are new faces at the Orby but making a return trip is owner Marc Keller, who often signs through Fiona Shaw. Agent Shawn Dugan, who bought 1.32 million guineas worth of yearlings at Book 1 last year, is also here.

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    Widely tipped to be today's star of the show is this filly, by Frankel out of Alexander Goldrun and therefore the product of two champions. 

    Bred and sold by Mountarmstrong Stud, she is the third foal out of her dam, the champion older mare in Europe and Ireland of 2005 whose five Group 1 victories for Jim Bolger included the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup and two renewals of the Pretty Polly Stakes. Her first foal, the Galileo colt Juniper Tree, realised 950,000gns as a yearling and was later placed during a brief career for Aidan O'Brien.

    Of course, it was in this ring back in November that a daughter of Frankel set an Irish auction record for a foal when sold for €1.8 million to Dermot Farrington. Since then, Frankel has been well represented at Arqana, where six yearlings averaged €566,667, and Keeneland, where two yearlings sold for $800,000 and $500,000.

    Frankel - Alexander Goldrun filly 

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    Forget Frankel fever for a stallion whose progeny that European buyers - particularly pinhookers - are clamouring to get their hands on is Lonhro.

    Darley's champion Australian sire shuttled for two seasons to Kentucky and currently boasts an European record of four winners from eight runners, among them Mark Johnston's smart filly Rah Rah. He also enjoyed a good result In North America at the weekend when Isotherm took the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park.

    Consequently, his second American crop has become hot property. Blandford Bloodstock and Alex Elliott were among the European buyers to sign for a Lonhro yearling at the recent Keeneland September Sale but that doesn't tell the whole story - for instance, one pinhooker came home with three bought under a variety of names.

    All of which should make the two Lonhros catalogued to this sale popular. First into the ring this morning is lot 43, a filly out of the Danehill Dancer mare Aquarius Star from Rathbarry Stud. She is the second foal out of her dam, a winning half-sister to Grade 3 winner Doc Holiday, and boasts a notable update as a sister to Aquamerica, who has been Listed-placed since the publication of the catalogue.

    "John Tyrell bought the mare for us at Keeneland carrying this foal," says Niamh Woods, "and we left her to foal out there before bringing both the mare and foal back to Ireland. Aquarius Star has a foal this year by Gio Ponti.

    "She's a very nice filly and it's great to have the update. Lonhro can seem to do no wrong at the moment - only on Sunday he had another two-year-old stakes winner."

    Lot 43: Lonhro x Aquarius Star 

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    Lot 15: b f Helmet - Zoumie (Mark Of Esteem)

    Pier House Stud turn a major profit on their Helmet filly, who sells for €150,000 to Jeremy Brummitt. She cost the operation just €34,000 in this ring last November.

    Out of the unraced Zoumie, a half-sister to Group 3 winner Croisultan, she came into the ring with a welcome update as a half-sister to Reddot Roman, the winner of a Gowran Park maiden for Michael Halford since the publication of the catalogue.

    She becomes the most expensive yearling sell so far in the northern hemisphere from the first crop her sire.
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    Lot 23: b f Frankel - Alexander Goldrun (Gold Away)

    In front of a packed ring, the Frankel - Alexander Goldrun filly lives up to the hype by selling for €1.7 million to agent Michael Wallace, acting on behalf of the China Horse Club. She becomes the first Frankel to join the operation, which is the brainchild of Teo Ah Khing.

    Auctioneer Henry Beeby initially asked for a series of seven figure bids to kick off proceedings but had to drop to €200,000 to open the bidding. It was Matt Coleman who offered the opening bid, after which the likes of Fiona Carmichael, standing with Amanda Skiffington, Dermot Farrington and Coolmore, who bought the mare's first foal, the Galileo colt Juniper Tree, for 950,000gns at Tattersalls in 2012, each got involved. The immediate underbidder was Ross Doyle, standing with Richard Hannon.

    It is the China Horse Club's policy to determine training plans once the European sales season is over, so it is likely to be a while before a trainer for this filly is made public. 

    "She was a very obvious filly," said Wallace. "Frankel needs no explanation and being out of a mare like that, she is always going to hold value. Coupled with her physical attributes, she is an elite filly."

    Bred by Noel O'Callaghan and offered by his Mountarmstrong Stud, the filly is the third foal out of Alexander Goldrun, the champion older mare in Europe and Ireland of 2005. Trained by Jim Bolger, Alexander Goldrun won five Group 1 races including the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup and two renewals of the Pretty Polly Stakes.  The daughter of Gold Away is a half-sister to Poule d'Essai des Poulains runner-up and sire Medecis and from the further family of Group 1 winners Guadalupe and Royal Rebel.

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    Lot 40: b f Holy Roman Emperor - Another Storm (Gone West)

    Tony Nerses, advisor to Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, is hoping he has secured another Princess Noor after going to €360,000 for this daughter of Holy Roman Emperor bred by Paget Bloodstock and sold through Clare Castle.

    She boasts one of the best pedigrees in the catalogue as a half-sister to four stakes winners including Order Of St George, winner of the Irish St Leger since the publication of the catalogue. Another half-brother, Asperity, won the Prix Paul de Moussac while a half-sister, Angel Terrace, is a Grade 3 winner in the US. Another Storm is also the dam of a Galileo colt, Kellstorm, that sold for 875,000gns to the China Horse Club at last year's Tattersalls October Sale and is reportedly held in high regard at Ballydoyle.

    In addition, Another Storm is out of champion Storm Song - quite how Paget Bloodstock managed to pick up Another Storm for $50,000 through Horse France at Keeneland in 2010 is hard to understand!

    "She looks like a bullet!" said Tony Nerses. "She's got the page to become a foundation mare for the stud [Blue Diamond Stud] - we've bought her with a view to the long term. She's really strong and has plenty of quality. Hopefully she's another Princess Noor!"

    Princess Noor, another daughter of Holy Roman Emperor, was bought as a yearling by Nerses on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar and went on to land the Princess Margaret Stakes and run second in the Cheveley Park Stakes. Now a member of the Blue Diamond Stud band, she is in foal to New Approach.

    Nerses added: "Her breeders, Paget Bloodstock, have been very lucky for us. I bought Authorized from him as a foal and he also sold [Group 3 winner] Green Destiny and [stakes producer] Majestic Sakeena to me. Until today, they were the only three I'd bought off him!"

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    Lot 41: ch c Exceed And Excel - Aoife Alainn (Dr Fong)

    Roger Varian will train this colt bred and sold by Deer Forest Stud, who sells to the trainer on behalf of an undisclosed client for €400,000. He is the second foal out of Italian champion Aoife Alainn, winner of the Premio Lydia Tesio, and a half-brother to winning two-year-old First To Post.

    "He's got size, scope and strength," said Varian. "He's out of a very good racemare and by a sire that gets plenty of fast and precocious types. He looks a racehorse."

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    Lot 48: b c Invincible Spirit - Arty Crafty (Arch)

    Will carry the Beautiful Morning colours of Californian-based owner Jon Kelly and join Luca Cumani after selling to Anglia Bloodstock for €370,000. Harriet Jellett, standing with Cumani and Amanda Skiffington, signed the ticket.

    He is the product of a noted Airlie Stud family as a grandson of Princess Kris, dam of the Group/Grade 1 winners Prince Arch and Kingsfort. 

    Jon and Sarah Kelly have been active participants in the European market for several years. Last year, he paid 650,000gns through Jamie McCalmont for Beautiful Morning, the first foal out of George Washington's only progeny Date With Destiny who looked destined for greater things when taking the Convivial maiden for Cumani at York last month. It would be surprising if he wasn't active again at Newmarket next week, especially as he is also assuming the role of vendor through a Street Cry colt catalogued with Newsells Park Stud.
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    Lot 73: b f Munnings - Brocatelle (Green Desert)

    Gerry Burke of Glidawn Stud lands a good touch with his Munnings filly, a $27,000 pinhook out of the Keeneland November Sale who resells today for €130,000 to the China Horse Club.

    A half-sister to the Listed-placed Fusaichi Hokutosei and Ahlaaim, she is out of a placed half-sister to Barathea and Gossamer.

    "She has a wonderful pedigree, it's a tremendous Gerald Leigh family," said Burke. "That was a real attraction but she did everything right and the sire's gone the right way - he's come up with some real good horses since including I'm A Chatterbox, one of the best fillies right now in America."

    Ashford Stud's Munnings is currently the leading second-crop sire in America thanks to the winners of nearly $3.8 million. Grade 1 winner I'm A Chatterbox heads a group of ten 2015 stakes winners.
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    Lot 86: ch f New Approach - Ceist Eile (Noverre)

    As is often the case at this sale, Sheikh Hamdan is here in person and makes his first purchase when going to €200,000 for this New Approach sister to this year’s G3 Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap winner Ceisteach. 

    Bred by Jim Bolger, she is also a half-sister to Killavullan Stakes winner Steip Amach, by Bolger’s own stallion Vocalised, and from the further family of Shergar.
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    Lot 105: b c Sir Prancealot - Cute (Diktat)

    A good result for Kitty Cowhey as this Sir Prancealot colt sells for €100,000 - he was pinhooked by Cowhey for just 13,500gns at last year's Tattersalls December Sale. 

    A half-brother to a winner in Russia, he is out of a placed half-sister to Group 2 winner Arabian Gleam.
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    Lot 109: b c Excelebration - Dance Avenue (Sadler's Wells)

    Excelebration's first-crop stats receive a boost with the sale of this colt for €340,000 to Alastair Donald. Amanda Skiffington was the underbidder.

    The Camas Park Stud-consigned colt was an expensive pinhook at €100,000 through Blandford Bloodstock but more than vindicated that faith this time around by becoming the most expensive yearling to sell by his sire to date.

    "He's a lovely horse - the best I've seen by the sire - who will go to Ed Walker," said Donald. "He was the second of two we had on the list today for this particular client - we were underbidder on the other one, the Exceed And Excel colt who sold to Roger Varian."

    The colt is the third foal out of the unraced Dance Avenue, a half-sister to the Group 2-placed Lady High Havens. Further back, it is the good Cliveden Stud family of Indian Haven and Daggers Drawn.

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    Lot 112: b f Galileo - Daneleta (Danehill)

    Federico Barberini signs at €300,000 on behalf of Steve Pafor this half-sister to Intense Focus - himself a €340,000 Orby graduate of 2006 - from Airlie Stud. The homebred is out of the Group 3-placed Daneleta, a sister to Group 3 winner Danelissima from the good Jim Bolger family of Sholokhov and Soldier Of Fortune.

    "She's a racy filly bred on the magic Galileo - Danehill cross," said Barberini. "It's actually the first time the mare has been to Galileo. She has a lot of residual value as a half-sister to a Dewhurst Stakes winner.

    "She'll go to Ballyhane to be broken and a trainer will be decided at a later date."

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    Lot 133: gr c Frankel - Dookus (Linamix)

    The second Frankel to go through the ring sells for €130,000 to Mark Johnston.

    Bred and sold by Ballylinch Stud, the colt missed his intended engagement in last year's Goffs November Sale. He is a half-brother to Group 3 winner US Law and out of an unplaced daughter of top sprinter Pharoah's Delight, the granddam of Red Rocks.

    Several minutes later, it was the turn of the Frankel colt from The Castlebridge Consignment to take his turn in the ring. He was led out unsold at €190,000.
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    Lot 161: b c Galileo - Flames (Blushing Flame)

    Another major purchase for the China Horse Club, which pays €250,000 for this half-brother to E P Taylor Stakes heroine Lahaleeb and Listed winner Precocious Star from Tally-Ho Stud.

    It's not the first time progeny out of Flames have lit up the Orby Sale - in 2012, her Galileo colt Burning Desire topped proceedings when selling for €800,000 to Form Bloodstock. Not bad for a mare who was knocked down for just 2,200gns to the CBA in 2000.

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    Lot 180: b f Tamayuz - Give A Whistle (Mujadil)

    The great run of Give A Whistle at this sale continues as SackvilleDonald pay €200,000 for her latest yearling, a daughter of Tamayuz bred and sold by Lynn Lodge Stud. She is the third yearling to realise six figures at this sale following Nozhar, her 2012 filly by Iffraaj who sold for €500,000 to Shadwell in 2013, and subsequent Listed winner Come To Heel, who sold here in 2012 for €120,000 to the BBA Ireland.

    Come To Heel is one of three stakes winners out of Give A Whistle alongside American Grade 3 scorer Pasar Silbano and Ripon Champion Two-year-old Trophy winner Gerfalcon. 

    She becomes the most expensive yearling to sell this year by her sire. Tamayuz has only 26 three-year-olds on the ground (bred the season he injured a stifle when cast in his box) but they include a clutch of talented performers, notably Blond Me, Tupi and Fadhayyil. 
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    Lot 191: b c Galileo - Healing Music (Bering)

    This brother to Derby runner-up At First Sight, sold by The Castlebridge Consignment and bred by the Healing Music Partnership, falls for €260,000 to Mick Flanagan of Townley Hall Bloodstock.

    "He'll stay in Europe," said Flanagan. "He's out of a two-year-old winner and is a full brother to a good horse who ran second in the Derby. He's a late foal [April 25] but a very good physical."

    The colt is the eighth foal out of the Listed-placed Healing Music. She is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Herboriste.

    Of today's trade, Flanagan added: "It feels good, there's definitely a good buzz about the place. I think Goffs have done a great job in putting together a catalogue of good horses. The right people are here and they seem to be bidding, so you'd have to say it's a good sale."

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    Lot 201: b f New Approach - Hymn Of The Dawn (Phone Trick)

    Sister to Dawn Approach and Herald The Dawn, who was bred by Jim Bolger, is knocked down for €480,000 to the BBA Ireland's Eamon Reilly.
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    Lot 216: b c The Factor - Jive Talk (Kingmambo)

    American owner George Bolton strikes at €80,000 through Charlie Gordon-Watson for this first-crop son of Lane's End Farm's The Factor from Baroda & Colbinstown Studs. Bolton raced dual Grade 1 winner The Factor, one of the fastest horses sired by War Front, in partnership with Fog City Stable and has been enthusiastically supporting him at stud - he also bought the stallion's sole yearling at Arqana for €45,000.

    Ed Dunlop, who trained Contributor for Bolton before his sale to Godolphin, is set to train.

    A relatively inexpensive Keeneland November pinhook at $27,000 by Mayor Farm, he is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Mr Irons and out of a half-sister to Queen Mary Stakes heroine Dance Parade, in turn the dam of Leading Light.

    Despite standing for only $15,000, The Factor has really caught the imagination of buyers this year. He had six yearlings sell for an average of $386,667 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale and was again hot property during Books 1 and 2 at Keeneland, where 21 of his yearlings averaged $171,428 led by a $600,000 colt. 

    He has also been well received by European buyers (although a brilliant dirt performer, he is after all a son of War Front), notably at Saratoga where Blandford Bloodstock and Fozzy Stack each signed for members of his first crop
    The Factor: first crop have been very well received 

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    Lot 227: gr f Dark Angel - Kelsey Rose (Most Welcome)

    Will carry the colours of Moyglare Farm Stud after selling out of the Yeomanstown Stud draft to Fiona Craig for €350,000. Craig had to outbid Charlie Gordon-Watson for the filly, who is a sister to the Group 1-placed Sovereign Debt and half-sister to Fred Darling Stakes winner Puff.

    She also shares her sire, Dark Angel, with talented Moyglare filly Juliette Fair, who was bought from Yeomanstown Stud for €240,000 at this sale last year and ran second in today's Blenheim Stakes.

    "We respect Sovereign Debt and this is a straightforward filly with a big pedigree," said Craig. "It helps that the one we bought here last year [Juliette Fair] was Listed-placed today.

    "I'm not walking around looking for Northern Dancer-line yearlings. We're in desperate need of outcross pedigrees - we're looking for something fast but that can also be bred back to those Northern Dancer-line stallions."

    Her dam, Kelsey Rose, was bought for just 1,100gns by a cash buyer as a yearling in 2000. She went on to become a smart filly for David Evans, winning three races and running Listed-placed, and consequently changed hands for 24,000gns to Robin O'Ryan at the 2003 DBS Lincoln Sale. 

    The daughter of Most Welcome, who hails from the fast family of Indian Rocket, has been a grand servant for Yeomanstown Stud since five of her eight runners have won led by Sovereign Debt and Puff. She is also the granddam of the Listed-placed Rosie's Premiere.
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    There was an expectation that American buyers would be active at the start of today and that has come to fruition, with Marc Keller, Gatewood Bell and Shawn Dugan among those to sign for lots.

    Keller, acting through Fiona Shaw, went to €200,000 for a Fastnet Rock filly (232) from the family of Requinto. Shawn Dugan, meanwhile, spent €660,000 on three lots, including €270,000 on a Lawman filly and €210,000 on a Zoffany filly, both of whom were sold by Glenvale Stud. Among Gatewood Bell's purchases was a €200,000 daughter of Galileo (123).

    Various Japanese buyers have also been active as have those from Hong Kong.
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    Lot 246: br c Dream Ahead - Lake Moon (Tiger Hill)

    Tally-Ho Stud's good day continues as their colt by Dream Ahead - who was also pinhooked by the stud in his day - sells for €360,000 to John Ferguson. He was a €78,000 pinhook by Tally-Ho out of last year's Goffs November Sale.

    He is a half-brother to Meteoric, winner of the Listed Prix Pelleas since the publication of the catalogue, and out of a winning half-sister to Gordon Stakes winner Cap O'Rushes.
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    BATED BREATH: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of €70,000

    BORN TO SEA: 8 offered, 8 sold for an average of €51,500

    CASAMENTO: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of €41,667

    DRAGON PULSE: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of €69,250

    ELZAAM: 1 sold for €40,000

    EXCELEBRATION: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of €148,333

    FRANKEL: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of €915,000

    HARBOUR WATCH: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of €98,333

    HELMET: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of €86,667

    NATHANIEL: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of €126,667

    POWER: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of €88,600

    REQUINTO: 1 sold for €50,000

    SEPOY: 1 sold for €120,000

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of €54,200

    SO YOU THINK: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of €77,500

    THE FACTOR: 1 sold for €80,000
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    CHINA HORSE CLUB: 4 bought for a total of €2,300,000

    BBA IRELAND: 12 bought for a total of €1,493,000

    SACKVILLEDONALD: 11 bought for a total of €1,285,000
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    MOUNTARMSTRONG STUD: 1 sold for €1,700,000

    AIRLIE STUD: 8 sold for a total of €1,190,000

    YEOMANSTOWN STUD: 5 sold for a total of €920,000
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    23) b f Frankel - Alexander Goldrun, sold by Mountarmstrong Stud for €1,700,000 to China Horse Club

    201) b f New Approach - Hymn Of The Dawn, offered by Redmondstown Stud and knocked down for €480,000 to BBA Ireland

    41) ch c Exceed And Excel - Aoife Alainn, sold by Deer Forest Stud for €400,000 to Roger Varian
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    Offered: 229

    Sold: 193 (84%)

    Aggregate: €19,614,500 (+3%)

    Average: €101,630 (-4%)

    Colts average: €88,450

    Fillies average: €112,093

    Median: €65,000 (-10%)

    No. successful pinhooks (purchase on previous trip through ring plus approx. expenses): 40 of 62
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