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Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale - Day Two, Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Follow all news as it happens with Nancy Sexton's live blog from the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale in Doncaster

  • Yesterday's trade offered the same old story. Various buyers thought it was a strong trade, various vendors thought it was hard going. There's no doubt that it was selective while the top end was underpinned to a large extent by Shadwell. But plenty of horses changed hands as illustrated by the 88 per cent clearance rate.
    So who are the stand-outs on pedigree of today's session?
    256) b c Nathanial - Langs Lash: 2nd foal out of a Queen Mary Stakes winners whose first, Waipu Cove, is a Listed winner. Newsells Park Stud
    261) b f Dark Angel - Lily Again: another stand-out for Dark Angel? This filly is the second foal of a Listed winner. Manor Farm
    266) ch c Footstepsinthesand - Lough Mewin: a brother to Grade 3 winner Queen Of The Sand, also Grade 1-placed, he descends from the same family as Sadler's Wells and sells just hours before his 2yo half-sister, Miss Fay, makes her debut for Michael Bell. Oak Lodge & Springfield House
    279) ch c Dawn Approach - Mambo Halo: one of only two catalogued by his sire, he is a half-sister to Listed winner Earl Of Leitrim. Highclere
    288) b c Acclamation - Melbourne Memories: first foal out of Listed winner Melbourne Memories. Brightwalton
    314) ch c Excelebration - Mubkera: half-brother to Group 3 winner Green Destiny from the family of Rainbow Quest. Houghton Bloodstock
    320) b f Lethal Force - Mythicism: the half-sister to Prix Robert Papin winner Tis Marvellous. Bearstone
    338) b c Kodiac - Party Whip: an 88,000gns pinhook, this colt is a half-brother to smart 2yo Nations Alexander. Tally Ho
    360) b f Scat Daddy - Pussycat Lips: only yearling catalogued by sire of the moment scat Daddy, she is the first foal of a Grade 3-placed filly. Croom House
    362) b c Thewayyouare - Queen Of Stars; the half-brother to Illuminate. Croom House
    425) b f Dutch Art - Silver Kestrel: half-sister to Albany Stakes winner Habaayib. Highclere
    429) ch c Sea The Stars - Snowfields: the only Sea The Stars yearling catalogued, he is out of a half-brother to Listed winner Army Of Angels and cost 130,000gns as a foal. Grove
    430) b f Oasis Dream - Souviens Toi: the most expensive pinhook of the sale at 150,000gns, she is the first foal of a Listed winner. Grove Stud
    448) gr c Dark Angel - Swiss Dream: from one of the best sprinting families in the book as the first foal of Listed winner Swiss Dream, a half-sister to Swiss Diva, Swiss Spirit and Swiss Franc. Highclere
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  • This filly sells today as lot 360 off the back of another outstanding weekend for her sire Scat Daddy. Harmonize and Lady Aurelia won the Del Mar Oaks and Prix Morny within 24 hours to bag a G1 Scat Daddy double. The late Coolmore sire has also been represented by Caravaggio, making his death last December all the more regrettable.
    Bred by Denis Brosnan's Epona Bloodstock and sold today by his Croom House Stud, she is the first foal out of Pussycat Lips, a Holy Roman Emperor filly who ran second in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes. It is the further family of champion Kutub.
    She has obviously been one of the busier lots on the sale ground and was quite tired by the time we got to her on Monday afternoon, as illustrated by this photo.
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  • Lot 249: b c Kodiac - La Vita E Bella (Definite Article)
    Shadwell pick up where they left off yesterday, paying £85,000 for this son of Kodiac - not Arcano as catalogued.
    Sold by Lynn Lodge Stud, he is a half-brother to the dam of Dutch Connection and out of Listed winner La Vita E Bella.
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  • Lot 261: b f Dark Angel - Lily Again (American Post)
    The Dark Angel fest continues as Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock, standing alongside Jonno Mills of Godolphin, signs at £90,000 for this filly, bred by Jane Allison out of Listed winner Lily Again.
    The sale brings Dark Angel's average to £136,000 for eight sold.
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  • Lot 264: b c Swiss Spirit - Littlemissunshine (Oasis Dream)
    Another promising result for first-crop sire Swiss Spirit. Clive Cox will train this colt from Manister House Stud after outbidding breeze-up pinhooker Tom Whitehead at £50,000. Bred by former trainer Toby Coles, he is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Soapy Aitken.
    Swiss Spirit's average is running at £44,571 for seven sold.
    He had been preceded into the ring by the only Intello yearling catalogued, a colt out of Linea who was knocked down for £55,000 to Empire International. Henry Candy was among the underbidders.
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  • Lot 279: ch c Dawn Approah - Mambo Halo (Southern Halo)
    First Dawn Approach through the ring rings a bell, selling for £110,000 to Jake Warren. The colt was sold by Highclere Stud, who bred in him in partnership with Gary and Lesley Middlebrook.
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  • Lot 288: b c Acclamation - Melbourne Memories (Sleeping Indian)
    An excellent result for Matt Coleman and his father Roger as their colt out of Melbourne Memories realises £230,000 to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Angus Gold, standing with Charlie Hills, was the underbidder.
    Melbourne Memories was bred by the Colemans out of Three Decades, a winning Invincible Spirit mare bought for 'next to nothing'. Melbourne Memories, by Sleeping Indian, was her first foal and after failing to sell for £2,200 as a yearling, was put into training with Clive Cox, who saddled her to win the 2012 Bosra Sham Stakes and run third in the Fred Darling Stakes.
    "I bought Three Decades for Dad and I after I finished the Darley Flying Start," said Matt Coleman. "We sent her to Sleeping Indian and got Melbourne Memories."
    Sleeping Indian was standing for £4,000 at Tweenhills Stud and Farm at the time. Melbourne Memories is one of four stakes winners by the stallion.
    "We originally bought Three Decades with the idea of her selling her," said Roger Coleman, "but we didn't get what we wanted. Sleeping Indian was affordable and I liked his bottom line, so we used him."
    Matt Coleman added: "We got lucky - it was wonderful as she took us to Ascot, the French Guineas and the German Guineas and now this is her first foal. He's a cracking colt."
    Melbourne Memories boards at Jeffrey Hobby's Brightwalton Stud, under whose draft the colt was sold. 
    "He was a belting foal," said Hobby, "and has been lovely right the way through. Melbourne Memories has a really nice Mukhadram filly foal and is in foal to Showcasing."

    Mark Richards of the Hong Jockey Club was thrilled to secure the colt. He said: “Acclamation is a proven horse in Hong Kong. He's had ten winners from 16 horses to race over there which is a pretty good strike-rate. As with most of our purchases this colt is a real athlete. He moved beautifully and is very well put together.


    “It always gives you a bit of confidence when the right people are on a horse. I'd have liked to have got him for a little bit less, but there you go.”

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  • Lot 290: b f Bated Breath - Midnight Hush (Anabaa)
    This Bated Breath filly turns a good profit for Liam and Jenny Norris. Bought through Amanda Skiffington for 13,500gns as a foal, she sells today for £90,000 to BBA Ireland. Bated Breath was one of the stalwarts of Roger Charlton's yard for several seasons and fittingly, this filly was a pinhook by Tom Charlton and friends.
    Bated Breath is still consistently attracting the right noises from people - one tough judge recently picked him out as the horse to follow against his contemporaries (asides from Frankel), which were described in the same conversation as 'a much of a muchness'. The Group-placed Al Johrah and Take A Deep Breath head a group of 11 first crop winners, a creditable record considering Bated Breath didn't run at two himself. 
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  • Lot 294: b c Le Havre - Minted (Mineshaft)
    This colt, who bears a close resemblance to his sire, could well carry the colours of his owner Gerard Augustin-Normand after selling for £90,000 to his advisor Sylvain Vidal, bidding via phone to Tim Kent.
    Like his sire, this colt was bred by Jan and Maja Sundstrom of Team Hogdala and sold by Anna Drion's Coulonces Consignment. This is the Coulonces Consignment's first time selling at Doncaster and with a £52,000 Choisir colt also in the books, the venture has been successful. The draft's last yearling is a highly regarded Siyouni filly that sells as lot 376.
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  • lot 320: gr f Lethal Force - Mythicism (Oasis Dream)
    Bryan Smart will train the half-sister to Tis Marvellous after seeing off clients of Richard Knight's at £70,000.
    In the process, she becomes the most expensive yearling to sell out of the first crop of Lethal Force.
    Bred by Crossfields Bloodstock, she was sold by Bearstone Stud, for whom this has been an excellent family: her second dam is the Queen Mary Stakes winner Romantic Myth, who was a half-sister to another Queen Mary winner Romantic Liason and out of Bearstone's excellent mare My First Romance.
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  • Lot 331: gr f Dark Angel - Oeuvre d'Art (Marju)
    Dark Angel currently accounts for five of the top seven lots, including this filly, who sells for £170,000. Angus Gold signed for yesterday's £250,000 topper by the stallion and was keen to land this one but in the end came off second best to Dean Ivory acting on behalf of Sirius Prospect's owner Nicola Yarrow.

    “There's so much to like about her,” said Ivory. “She had a lovely page, a nice walk and a good bit of bone. If you imagine what she's going to be like in six months' time, hopefully she could be anything.


    “Sometimes with these sires the progeny can get a bit over-inflated because everyone wants one. But this filly is put together very well, I liked her attitude too and she has the most gorgeous head.


    “She's been bought for Mr and Mrs Yarrow who own the likes of Sirius Prospect, Lancelot Du Lac and Fighting Temeraire, to name but a few! Let's hope their luck continues,” concluded Ivory. 

    Bred by Castle Estates and sold by Cooneen Stud, she is a half-sister to Dark Destroyer, who has been placed on his only start at Newmarket, and is out of the Group 3-placed Oeuvre d'Art.
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  • Kodiac's average is running at £63,902 following the sale of lot 338, the half-brother to Nations Alexander, for £150,000.  Joe Foley, standing with Steve Parkin, was among the underbidders.
    His sale also places Tony O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho, who paid 88,000gns for the colt as a foal, within striking distance of fellow O'Callaghan operation Yeomanstown Stud at the head of the vendors table. Last year's leading vendor, Tally-Ho have sold £607,000 worth of yearlings so far, placing them in second behind Yeomanstown on £689,000.
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  • Lot 350: b c Dragon Pulse - Polska (Danzig)
    A new name on the buyers sheets has been Singapore-based Omie Rangabashyam. Yesterday, Rangabashyam paid £56,000 for a Sepoy colt that will join rookie trainer Tom Clove, and today returned to the fray when outbidding Charlie Hills on a £75,000 son of Dragon Pulse.
    The colt represented a fine profit on the €18,000 paid by pinhooker Gerry Burke at last year's Goffs November Sale. He is a half-brother to nine winners including Listed-winning two-year-old Queen Of Poland and Grizel, dam of Grade 2 winner Whatsthescript.
    Clover has set up at Wroughton House Stables in Newmarket following six years as assistant to David Simcock. In addition to the Sepoy colt, he also came away yesterday with a son of Foxwedge purchased privately from Whitsbury Manor Stud.
    "He was a foal with quality, size and scope," said Gerry Burke. "He grew into himself well and did very well. He's out of a wonderful mare and the sire is going well which helped him. Let's hope he's a racehorse."
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  • Two quick strikes for Shadwell as they pay big prices for colts by the usual suspects, Kodiac and Dark Angel.
    Lot 363, who cost £150,000, is a Kodiac colt from Kilminfoyle House Stud. A stud homebred, he is a half-brother to a winner and out of a half-sister to Vintage Stakes winner Naheef.
    He was followed into the ring by a £130,000 son of Dark Angel, who is the third six-figure sum of the sale for his vendor Yeomanstown Stud. He is the first foal out of Quelle Affaire, whose only appearance in a sale ring came when unsold for just £400 at the 2012 Ascot April Sale. She is a Bahamian Bounty half-sister to a winner and out of a half-sister to German 1,000 Guineas heroine Que Belle.
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  • Lot 376: b f Siyouni - Recambe (Cape Cross)
    This filly caps an excellent sale for the Coulonces Consignment, selling for £220,000 to John Dance. Daniel Creighton of Salcey Forest Stud signed the ticket. 
    Anna Drion brought three yearlings here this week. In addition to this filly, they comprised a £52,000 colt by Choisir and a £90,000 colt by Le Havre. 
    Tim Kent asked for an opening bid of £100,000 for the filly and didn't have to wait very long for his expectations to be met, with Jake Warren and Angus Gold among the early runners to lock horns. For several moments, it appeared that Gold was in control but he had no answer to Dance's final bid of £220,000.
    "That was more than we expected, amazing" said Drion, who was still shaking after the event. "We thought maybe £50,000 in the spring but she absolutely blossomed.
    "She was bred by Francois Mathet junior. We also had a very good Deauville where we sold a Zoffany for €140,000 for him." 
    On the decision to sell here, she said: "I needed a new challenge. Arqana comes early and isn't suitable for every horse. Coming here also allows me to meet different British trainers and owners - I've met so many new people, it's been amazing and I've loved it."
    The only lot catalogued by her sire, now one of France's leading stallions, she is a half-sister to a winner and out of a half-sister to Listed winner Salford Mill. Further back, it is the family of Ivawood and Berkshire.
    Dance has had approximately 25 runners this year, split between Tom Dascombe, Karl Burke and Rebecca Menzies. A trainer for this filly will be decided at a later date.
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  • Lot 385: b f Kodiac - Relinquished (Royal Applause)
    Angus Gold's attempt to land this filly is thwarted by a nine-year-old boy. Gold bid £92,000 for the filly, a homebred of Lodge Park Stud, only for the auctioneer to receive a shout of £100,000 from the son of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek-Al-Sabeh. The filly left the ring to a round of applause.
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  • Lot 397: b c Havana Gold - Roslea Lady (Alhaarth)
    "The horse of the day," said Angus Gold shortly after signing the ticket at £160,000 on lot 397, a colt strikingly similar to his sire. Gold sought refuge in the press room to secure the youngster, who also attracted the attention of Amanda Skiffington, purchaser of Havana Gold himself as a yearling. 
    "He just looked a little bit special," added Gold. "He has a magnificent head - he reminded me a little bit of Elzaam."
    His view was also backed up by vendor Paul Thorman, who said: "He's as good as I've ever had and I think if he'd been a first foal he would have topped the sale."
    Bred by Shortgrove Manor Stud, he is out of the placed Roslea Lady, the dam of three winners. She is a half-sister to Gimcrack Stakes winner Conquest and from the further family of Haydock Sprint Cup winner Iktamal.
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  • Lot 398: b c Sir Percy - Rouge Dancer (Elusive City)
    Will be trained by Hugo Palmer after selling for £120,000 to Amanda Skiffington. A pricey 70,000gns foal purchase by today's vendor Grove Stud, he is a half-brother to three winners and a great-grandson of Italian champion Grease.
    The colt, who bore a striking resemblance to Sir Percy right down to the markings, caps an excellent week for his sire, who is responsible for a £91,000 average.
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  • Lot 419: b c Fast Company - Shehila (Zamindar)
    Sells for €110,000 out of the Lynn Lodge Stud draft to Amanda Skiffington, thereby providing a good return on his €35,000 price tag as a foal. Mags O'Toole signed for him on that occasion.
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  • Lot 430: gr f Oasis Dream - Souviens Toi (Dalakhani)
    The most expensive pinhook of the sale at 150,000gns, this filly today falls to David Redvers for £140,000.
    Redvers didn't make a single purchase under his own name until midway through today's session but has made up for lost time; she is his third purchase of the day following a £16,000 Zoffany filly and £90,000 Scat Daddy filly.
    The filly was bred by the American-based Green Lantern Stables out of Listed winner Souviens Toi. She is the first foal out of her dam, who is from the further family of Italian champion Earl Of Tinsdal.
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  • Lot 448: gr c Dark Angel - Swiss Dream (Oasis Dream)
    One of the talking horses of the sale lives up to its billing, selling for £280,000 to Ross Doyle acting on behalf of Shadwell Estates. The price matches the previous record held jointly by Gale Force Ten in 2011 and Choumicha last year. John Dance, standing with Tom Dascombe, was the underbidder.
    Another feather in the cap for Dark Angel, he was bred by Trevor and Libby Harris' Lordship Stud out of Listed winner Swiss Dream, an Oasis Dream daughter of their wonderful mare Swiss Lake. He was sold through Highclere Stud.
    Swiss Lake was a high-class sprinter for The Thoroughbred Corporation and Gerard Butler, winning the St Hugh's Stakes and Lansdown Stakes. The daughter of Indian Ridge was later sold at the 2004 Keeneland January Sale to Lordship through Kern/Lillingston and has become an outstanding producer: aside from Swiss Dream who won the Hopeful and Kilvington Stakes, she is the dam of another high-class sprinter in Swiss Spirit (by Invincible Spirit), Prix de Meautry winner Swiss Diva (by Pivotal) and the Coventry Stakes runner-up Swiss Franc (by Mr Greeley).
    "He's been bought for Shadwell," said Ross Doyle. "We're very lucky in that we're able to buy a couple for them every year.
    "We thought he was the pick of the sale. Richard [Hannon] was mad about him. Obviously we bought Estidkhaar, another by Dark Angel, at this sale for Shadwell. We've done well with Dark Angel - Gutaifan and Nations Alexander are others we've bought by him - and he's an excellent stallion.
    "This colt is out of a decent mare who was highly rated and by Oasis Dream. Highclere did a lovely job on him as did the breeders Lordship Stud. Hopefully he's very lucky."
    Trevor Harris credited his son Tom with the idea of sending this colt to Doncaster. And in what has been a real credit to the Swiss Lake family, his sale follows a week in which the first progeny of his close relation Swiss Spirit have been extremely well received.
    "He's a real two-year-old type and we thought he would stand out," said Tom Harris. "It's a very fast family and he's by a sire of the moment in Dark Angel. He's an excellent stallion - one on a real upward curve.
    "It was actually touch and go whether he would get here. Carolyn Warren and her team have done a fantastic job at Highclere. And the team at home at Lordship have been wonderful. They have raised the whole family."
    Making the sale all the more special for Lordship is the fact that lot 448 marks the first time that a yearling out of a daughter of Swiss Lake has passed through a sales ring.
    Further opportunity to buy into the family will arise at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale where Lordship will offer a brother to Swiss Spirit and an Oasis Dream colt out of Swiss Diva through Watership Down Stud.
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  • Tom Harris also had news of Swiss Storm, the Frankel colt out of Swiss Lake.
    The subject of good reports, the colt has been declared to make his debut for David Elsworth in the 6f maiden at Newmarket on Friday.
    "He's going well," he said. "I don't know if he'll run on Friday - it might be a bit quick for him. David Elsworth took a share in him. He has trained the whole family - he knows them inside out."
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  • What they say:
    "It's strong when you come in to buy one. But reading through the results today, it just felt like it was patchy. But like I say, when you want to buy, it's strong - I was underbidder six times yesterday and another five times so far today. We're buying across the spectrum - different types for different trainers - and overall, I would say it's a good trade." Angus Gold
    "It's fairy solid. I think everyone was concerned after Brexit how the first British or Irish sale would play out so it's very good to see it hold up. There are some very nice horses here." Ross Doyle
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  • Lot 455: gr c Zebedee -Thaisy (Tabasco Cat)
    Not the biggest price of the day but a tremendous pinhook all the same. Michael Fitzpatrick sells his Zebedee colt for £62,000 to Shadwell having paid just €6,000 for him at Goffs in February. 
    A half-brother to two winners, he is out of a half-sister to former Mark Johnston globetrotter Fruits Of Love.
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  • Lot 460: b c Shamardal - Toolentidhaar (Swain)
    Sole Shamardal catalogued realises £100,000 to Blandford Bloodstock. A 55,000gns pinhook through Emerald Bloodstock and sold by Rathasker Stud, he is a half-brother to a winner and out of a winning sister to Princess Margaret Stakes winner African Skies.
    Shamardal stood as a private stallion this year at Kildangan Stud, where he is listed as covering 109 mares.
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  • Bobby O'Ryan paid tribute to his close friend and cousin Tom O'Ryan, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 61.
    "He was just an unbelievable guy. He never had a wrong word to say about anyone. He was willing to help people from the first day as an apprentice to the day he finished up. He was always very positive. Just a great guy and part of the furniture at Richard Fahey's.  I spent four hours with him on Saturday and I'm very pleased that I did."
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    CAMELOT: 1 offered, 1 sold for £70,000
    DABIRSIM: 1 offered, not sold
    DAWN APPROACH: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £84,000
    EPAULETTE: 17 offered, 15 sold for an average of £35,818
    FARHH: 1 offered, sold for £170,000
    FINJAAN: 1 offered, 1 sold for £20,000
    HAVANA GOLD: 8 offered, 7 sold for an average of £49,571
    INTELLO: 1 offered, 1 sold for £55,000
    LETHAL FORCE: 17 offered, 17 sold for an average of £38,284
    MAXIOS: 1 offered, 1 sold for £42,000 (private sale)
    MOST IMPROVED: 7 offered, 7 sold for an average of £30,286
    RECKLESS ABANDON: 1 offered, 1 sold for £28,000
    RED JAZZ: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of £27.083
    SOCIETY ROCK: 16 offered, 14 sold for an average of £28,286
    SWISS SPIRIT: 12 offered, 10 sold for an average of £45,800
    TOUGH AS NAILS: 1 offered, 1 sold for £12,000
    WORTHADD: 2 offered, 2 sold for and average of £31,000
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    YEOMANSTOWN STUD: 9 sold for £819,000
    TALLY-HO STUD: 19 sold for £796,000
    HIGHCLERE STUD: 9 sold for £756,000
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    SHADWELL ESTATES: 22 bought for £2,131,000, average of £96,864
    PETER & ROSS DOYLE BLOODSTOCK: 19 bought for £1,362,000, average of £71,864
    SACKVILLEDONALD: 10 bought for £739,000, average of £73,900
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  • TOP THREE SIRES (by average, more than one sold)
    ACCLAMATION: 3 sold for an average of £148,333
    DARK ANGEL: 15 sold for an average of £124,933
    OASIS DREAM: 2 sold for an average of £120,000
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    448) gr c Dark Angel - Swiss Diva (Oasis Dream), sold by Highclere Stud for £280,000 to Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock
    144) b c Dark Angel - Diva (Oasis Dream), sold by Manister House Stud for £250,000 to Shadwell Estate Company
    288) b c Acclamation - Melbourne Memories (Sleeping Indian), sold by Brightwalton Stud for £230,000 to Hong Kong Jockey Club
    376) b f Siyouni - Recambe (Cape Cross), sold by The Coulonces Consignment for £220,000 to Salcey Forest Stud
    121) gr f Dark Angel - Cover Girl (Desert Style), sold by Yeomanstown Stud for £210,000 to BBA Ireland
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    Offered: 454
    Sold: 396 (87%)
    Aggregate: £17,455,000 (-1.8%)
    Average: £44,078 (+3%)
    Colts average: £47,094
    Fillies average: £38,454
    Median: £34,000 (+13%)
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on previous appearance in the ring + approx. expenses): 110 of 223
    Sold: 193 (85%)
    Aggregate: £8,652,000
    Average: £44,829
    Median: £32,000
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