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Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale - Day One, Monday October 24, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action live from the first day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale

  • If you're going to usurp a company's traditional design on the front of a catalogue, it might as well be for a Classic winner. The cover of this year's Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale belongs to one horse only - Jet Setting. Bought by John Kilbride for just 12,000gns at last year's renewal, she beat Minding when successful in the Irish 1,000 Guineas for Adrian Keatley seven months later and was subsequently sold for £1.3 million.
     
    Remarkably, she was the second 'cheap' Classic winner to emerge from the sale in recent years following Makfi, the 2010 2,000 Guineas winner who was bought by HB Bloodstock for 26,000gns in 2009, and the 16th Group 1 winner overall since 2010.
     
    However, it hasn't just all been about Jet Setting this year.
     
    Jallota, who changed hands here in 2013 for 150,000gns to Stephen Hillen, was the recent winner of the Group 3 Prix du Pin for Charlie Hills en route to running second in the Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua.
     
    While this sale has been advertised to good effect in recent years by the legions of horses that are sold to race in Qatar, it also continues to have positive exposure in Australasia with Mister Impatience (bought by Paul Moroney for 150,000gns in 2013), Havana Cooler (bought by Anthony Stroud for 425,000gns in 2014), McCreery (bought by Chris Waller Racing for 200,000gns in 2015) each scoring at Group level in the past year alone.
     
    In America, meanwhile, the flag has been flown by Renown (bought by Hyphen Bloodstock for 40,000gns in 2014), the recent winner of the Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland, and classy miler Obviously (bought by Jamie Lloyd and Boomer Bloodstock for 130,000gns in 2011).
     
    Last year's sale was topped by Convergence, who sold for 420,000gns to Debbie Mountain and Hassan Al Abdulmalik.  Overall, 1,038 horses changed hands for a total of 20,344,500gns, average of 19,600gns and median of 10,000gns.
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  • International interest has driven this sale in recent years and once again, buyers from Qatar, Australia and America look set to play a prominent role.
     
    Chris Waller bought nine here last year for a total of 600,000gns including subsequent Group 3 winner McCreery. Waller was recently quoted as saying 'only one in five European imports fire' when they come to Australia but he's done pretty well out of this sale given his list of recruits since 2013 includes subsequent stakes winners Moriarty, Beyond Thankful, Voodoo Prince and Danchai in addition to McCreery. His representative Guy Mulcaster has once again made the trip.
     
    Adrian Bott, representing Gai Waterhouse, is also in Newmarket. Acting with McKeever Bloodstock, they bought subsequent Sydney Cup winner The Offer here for 200,000gns in 2012.
     
    Tattersalls are also expecting strong representation from California, namely Edward Freeman, Joe Miller, Craig Rounsefell, Joe Miller, Dan Blacker and Simon Callaghan. Obviously the exchange rate is very much in favour of American buyers at the moment while for the first time in several years, this sale doesn't clash with the run up to the Breeders' Cup.
     
    Expect leading Qatar trainer Jassim Al Ghazali to be extremely active alongside several of his home rivals. Tattersalls are also expecting a strong Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti presence - as always - as well as increased interest from buyers based in Spain.
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  • The sale has been hit by the usual plethora of withdrawals (however, Horris Hill Stakes winner Pleaseletmewin is still scheduled to take his slot as 1028 on Wednesday). But still plenty of quality on offer today, including these potential standouts:
     

    104) QUEENSBRYDGE; fourth behind The Last Lion in the Sirenia Stakes, this winning daughter of Dutch Art has the potential to fare well abroad

     

    114) BELLAJEU; has won again since the publication of the catalogue and while she hasn’t always lived up to expectations, surely owns plenty of residual value as a stakes-placed daughter of Montjeu

     

    153) MOI MOI MOI: has been Listed-placed in France since the catalogue went to press and now has a rating of 90

     

    185) HAWKE; progressive gelding has won the Listed Carlingford Stakes and run third in the Diamond Stakes since the catalogue went to press

     

    193) DICK WHITTINGTON; the 2014 Phoenix Stakes winner

     

    196) BRAVERY; 4th in this year’s Irish 2,000 Guineas

     

    219) OASIS FANTASY; a smart handicapper on his day for Ed Dunlop, he could appeal to a range of buyers for the Flat market as well as jumps. Similar comments apply to his stablemate Scrutinise (220)

     

    242) DUTCH MASTERPIECE; classy Group 3-winning sprinter was beaten only a head by Shamshon on his penultimate start over 5f at Ascot. As for SHAMSHON, he is lot 359

     

    289) THE HAPPY PRINCE; arrives at the sale with a significant update having won the Group 3 Renaissance Stakes since the publication of the catalogue

     

    290) PAINTED CLIFFS: the 2015 Railway Stakes winner

     

    296) ISTAN; a hardy juvenile, he ran a recent third in the Listed Blenheim Stakes

     

    307) CALVINIST; lightly raced three-year-old won at York last time out over 14f, making him an appealing prospect for a range of buyers. Now rated 90

     

    315) SINCIL BANK: was disqualified from his debut win after which he recorded a facile win at Newcastle. Wasn’t disgraced last week at Newmarket when third in a conditions race to Dreamfield

     

    349) SPIRIT QUARTZ; popular Group 2-winning sprinter

     

    364) BRAVO SOLO: winner of the Prix du Ranelagh since the publication of the catalogue

     

     

    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: 1) RED UNICO; 5) CACICA; 38) HOPE AGAINST HOPE; 41) MY DAD SYD; 92) LONDON; 199) PERFECT STORM; 226) CHESTNUT STORM; 227) GABRIELLE; 249) YOU’RE A GOAT; 254) HONEYSUCKLE; 289) THE HAPPY PRINCE; 315) SINCIL BANK; 333) WRAPPED; 344) MACHINE LEARNER; 359) SHAMSHON; 361) LIFE LESS ORDINARY; 364) BRAVO SOLO; 386) RASMEE; 388) PRANCELAYA; 395) PLEASURE DOME; 400) REBEL LIGHTNING

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  • Moderate fare here so far with a number of the early lots destined for a low level career overseas. 
     
    So far, top billing belongs to Guiding Star (16), a well connected Lawman filly who was placed on her second start for Henry Candy. Only a two-year-old with surely a promising future in front of her, she was picked up by Richard Knight for 28,000gns. Qatar Racing sold the filly, having paid €110,000 for her as a yearling.
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  • Lot 95: Schubert
     
    Two years after realising $1.3 million as a yearling, the War Front colt Schubert makes his second venture to auction, realising 40,000gns to Th Nanos Epe.
     
    Schubert has to be one of the most frustrating horses of the season. Well backed on each of his 11 starts, in which he has sported a wide range of headgear, he has finished second six times for Aidan O'Brien, including last week when a nose second to stable-mate London in a mile maiden at Dundalk - London preceded Schubert into the ring but was bought back for 30,000gns. Indeed, he has yet to finish out of the first four over a variety of trips. Perhaps a change of scenery - and gelding - will do the trick. 
     
     
     
     
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  • Lot 110: SOUTER
     
    Recent Ayr winner is set for a switch to California after selling for 130,000gns to Alastair Donald of SackvilleDonald on behalf of owner Tim Cohen. 
     
    John McCormack and Jassim Al Ghazali were keen to secure the colt but in the end cried enough to Cohen, who signed as Red Baron's Barn & Rancho Tellescal. Together, the pair campaign Si Sage, a French import who won this year's Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes.  They also stand Prix Jean Prat winner Suances, a British-bred son of Most Welcome, at Rancho Temescal in California.
     
    Cohen, who has horses running with four different trainers in the US, has enjoyed success out of this sale from previous visits and is hopeful that Souter will help maintain the tradition.
     
    "He'll ship straight away to California," he said. "It's good to have them out there running. I'm not sure yet who will train him.
     
    "He's a nice horse who has his conditions to race in the US. It's nice he's a two-year-old - it's always good to have a horse with a future."
     
     
    Souter, a Poet's Voice colt from the immediate family of Best Of The Bests, has shown steady progression in three starts for Keith Dalgleish. After running fourth on his debut at Ayr, he ran second at Musselburgh and came into the sale having won his most recent start, a mile novice race at Ayr.
     
     
     
    Given the way the exchange rate has played out in the wake of Brexit, American buyers are operating at an advantage compared to a year ago (and there was duly an uptick in the American participation at the July Sale).
     
    "I was going to come here anyway but it definitely helps," said Cohen. "Obviously we're buying at a discount. Having said that, so are a number of other people. So when you factor that in, is there really a discount?"
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  • Lot 114: BELLAJEU
     
    Armed with a profile that would look at home on one of the better days of the Tattersalls December Sale, Bellajeu duly rings a bell when selling for 140,000gns to Richie Fitzsimmons of the BBA Ireland. 
     
    For a start, the four-year-old filly has a good pedigree as a Montjeu daughter of Listed winner Arbella and half-sister to the Listed-placed Lat Hawill. She also boasts good form herself as the winner of two races, including a 1m4f conditions race at Salisbury on her penultimate start for Ralph Beckett. She also ran second in the 2015 Lingfield Oaks Trial and was thought good enough to contest that year's Oaks.
     
    "As a stakes-placed Montjeu, she's a bit of a collectors item," said Fitzsimmons. "She's for a new client to stay in Europe but I'm not sure where she'll go."
     
    Jamie Railton sold Bellajeu on behalf of Qatar Racing.
     
     
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  • Lot 153: MOI MOI MOI
     
    A significant update reaps major rewards for the connections of Moi Moi Moi, who sells out of Brian Meehan's yard for 90,000gns two weeks after running third in the Listed Grand Criterium de Bordeaux.
     
    Emma O'Gorman, bidding on behalf of Qatar trainer Ibrahim Al-Malki, was the successful trainer after seeing off Alex Elliott.
     
    "He's been bought for Abdulatif Hussain Al-Emadi, who is here," said Al-Malki, who trains 70 horses in Doha. "Emma has been helping me this week.
     
    "He's in good form and a nice type of horse - the right type to do a job in Qatar. There's no specific target yet - we'll just get him back to Qatar and go from there."
     
    Moi Moi Moi has run five times for Meehan this year and broke his maiden when successful on his penultimate start at Redcar.
     
     
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  • Lot 185: HAWKE
     
    Recent Carlingford Stakes winner will continue his career in Saudi Arabia after selling to representatives of Prince Sultan bin Mohammed for 260,000gns.
     
    After an opening bid of 100,000gns, bidding swiftly swept past the 200,000gns mark as different international parties took interest. An undisclosed bidder on the back stairs was the underbidder.
     
    Hawke, a four-year-old gelding by Oratorio, has been a grand performer for Johnny Murtagh in recent months, running a close third to Long Island Sound in the Diamond Stakes before capturing the Carlingford Stakes. Both events were staged at Dundalk and it is his ability to act on the all-weather which made him particularly appealing to his new connections.
     
    "Hopefully he can run in the King's Cup in Saudi Arabia," said Prince Sultan bin Mohammed's representative. "Our racing is on a sand surface and he acts well on the all-weather. He's a very nice horse and we hope he will do well in Saudi Arabia."
     
     
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  • Lot 193: DICK WHITTINGTON
     
    The 2014 Phoenix Stakes winner will stand for Luke Comer at Palmerston Stud after the owner-breeder-trainer goes to 150,000gns for the son of Rip Van Winkle.
     
    During a marathon bidding battle which opened at just 30,000gns, Comer outbid John McCormack and then Mouse O'Ryan for the colt, the winner of four races and nearly £200,000 for Aidan O'Brien.
     
    "It's 50 - 50 whether he'll race again," said Comer senior, "but he'll eventually stand at Palmerston Stud. Obviously he's a Group 1 winner and is bred on a nice cross."
     
    Comer, who won the 2001 Curragh Cup with another former O'Brien inmate in Chimes At Midnight, has a band of around 150 mares with which to support his other stallions, Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon and the Aga Khan-bred Kargali, who was saddled by Comer to win the 2010 Gladness Stakes. Both now stand in Kildare under the Comer Stallions banner.
     
    A €280,000 yearling purchase by Jamie McCalmont on behalf of the Coolmore partners, Dick Whittington went on to become a leading light of his sire's first crop. He won at the third time of asking and after running third in the Chesham Stakes, swept the Anglesey and Phoenix Stakes. 
     
    He missed most of his three-year-old campaign after running fourth to Muhaarar in the Greenham Stakes but returned this year to win the Ballycorus Stakes.
     
    He is the best of four winners out of Sahara Sky, an unraced Danehill half-sister to the short-lived July Cup winner Owington, who sired several smart performers out of his only small crop.
     
     
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  • Lot 199: PERFECT STORM
     
    Winning son of Excelebration, who ran a good second in the mile nursery at Leopardstown yesterday, is another set to have a change of scenery after selling for 65,000gns to Abdulatif Hussain Al-Emadi.
     
    A 475,000gns yearling, he won earlier this month over a mile at Navan for Aidan O'Brien.
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  • Lot 219) OASIS FANTASY
     
    With a single bid of 100,000gns, Stephen Hillen lands this classy handicapper on behalf of Fitri Hay. 
     
    The son of Oasis Dream is a three-time winner for Ed Dunlop and has competed at plenty of big meetings this year, notably Newmarket's Guineas meeting, at which he won a good 10f handicap, and Glorious Goodwood, when he ran second to Fire Fighting in a competitive 10f handicap. 
     
     
     
    Hillen is hopeful that he can do the same for his new owner, who plans to send him to David Simcock.
     
    "We're keen to buy horses that can run at the summer festivals," said Hillen. "This horse ran well at Goodwood in the summer and you could see him ending up going back there, perhaps Ascot as well. He's a solid, tough horse."
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  • Lot 234: DOUBLE TOUCH
     
    California trainer Dan Blacker and agent Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock join forces to purchase this winning two-year-old for 70,000gns out of Richard Fahey's yard.
     
    His purchase concludes a busy few minutes for the team, who also went to 50,000gns for Crystal Dome, another winning two-year-old.
     
    Double Touch, a son of Dutch art, was the easy winner of his maiden at Chester in August and was last seen running midfield in a 7f nursery at Goodwood. In between, he ran sixth to Souter - bought earlier today for 130,000gns by Californian owner Tim Cohen - in a novice race at Ayr.
     
     
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  • Lot 249: YOU'RE A GOAT
     
    Blacker and Boomer strike again, this time when going to 50,000gns for the interestingly named You're A Goat.
     
    The daughter of Notnowcato passed through this ring for just 6,000gns as a yearling. Since then, she has developed into a progressive filly for Gary Moore, winning four races including each of her last three starts.
     
    She also owns a fine female family as a daughter of Listed winner Three Wrens, herself a granddaughter of Arc heroine Three Troikas.
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  • Lot 296: ISTAN
     
    Istan, who recently ran third in the Listed Blenheim Stakes, is in line to continue his career in Scandinavia after selling out of Ballydoyle for 60,000gns to trainer Bent Olsen. Californian owner Tim Cohen, sitting with Alastair Donald and trainer Edward Freeman, was among the underbidders.
     
    Istan, by Excelebration out of Oaks runner-up Something Exciting, has won once this year for Aidan O'Brien.
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  • Lot 300: THE STATESMAN
     
    Jamie Osborne is set to take charge of this promising two-year-old. The son of Zoffany, a £60,000 yearling, has been third on both his starts for Aidan O'Brien and duly sells for 90,000gns to Richard Knight, acting on behalf of an established client. Marco Botti was among the underbidders.
     
    "He's just a lovely individual," said Knight. "And he came with a good report from Ballydoyle.
     
    "Zoffany is obviously doing well and we liked the fact he's out of a Galileo mare. I wouldn't be surprised if we cracked on with him and tried to win a maiden before giving him a break."
     
    The colt is a half-brother to two winners and out of a placed sister to Listed winner Classic Legend.
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  • Lot 307: CALVINIST
     
    Richard Knight makes a quick return to action, going to 85,000gns for progressive three-year-old Calvinist.
     
    The son of Holy Roman Emperor has won two of five starts this season for Brian Meehan and was last seen taking a 1m6f handicap at York in brave fashion to boost his official rating to 90. Back in third that day was Yangtyze, who sells as lot 713 tomorrow.
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  • Lot 315: SINCIL BANK
     
    Few horses today own the progressive profile of Sincil Bank, who has finished first past the post in two of his three starts and most recently chased home the exciting Dreamfield in a conditions race at Newmarket.
     
    Stuart Boman and Stephen Hillen were among those keen to secure the David Simcock-trained colt but they had to give best to Alastair Donald, who won the day with a bid of 270,000gns.
     
    "He's for an owner in Hong Kong," said Donald. "He's a nice, scopey horse with a bit of maturing to do. But he's a very good physical and is effective at the right trip and on the right ground for Hong Kong. I know David held him in high regard and didn't want to lose him."
     
    A £32,000 breeze-up graduate, Sincil Bank made a successful start to his career when winning his debut at Newcastle. However, the celebrations were short lived that day as the son of Hat Trick was disqualified and demoted to second.
     
    Simcock elected to send him back to the same track for a maiden a month later and was rewarded when the colt bolted up by three-and-a-half lengths. He again ran with credit last week when third over 7f at Newmarket.
     
    "It was an eye catching run at Newmarket last time," said Donald. "The horses that beat him look smart [Dreamfield and Top Score] and I think he just got tired coming up the hill."
     
     
    The Kentucky-bred is one of three winners out of Asuncion, a Powerscourt half-sister to Lowther Stakes winner Enthused from the further family of Joshua Tree. 
     
     
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  • Lot 349: SPIRIT QUARTZ
     
    High-class sprinter Spirit Quartz will continue his career for the Nick Bradley and Jason Kelly partnership after selling for 35,000gns.
     
    Although in the veteran stage, the eight-year-old has been in fine fettle for Robert Cowell this season, winning a pair of Irish Listed sprints and running second in the Prix de Bonneval at Maisons-Laffitte.
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  • Lot 361: LIFE LESS ORDINARY
     
    Now rated 92 off the back of an impressive win of his most recent start, a two mile handicap at Ascot, Life Less Ordinary is knocked down for 110,000gns.
     
    He was initially led out unsold but SackvilleDonald later strike a deal to buy the gelding for 100,000gns.
     
    The Jamie Osborne-trained four-year-old, who was bought back for just €5,000 as a yearling, has won four races in all and been placed seven times. He shares his sire Thewayyouare with another memorable Osborne-trained performer in Toast Of New York.
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  • Lot 364: BRAVO ZOLO
     
    After attracting an opening bid of 100,000gns, Jeremy Noseda's recent Prix du Ranelagh winner Bravo Zolo sells to Anthony Stroud for 170,000gns.
     
    The five-time winner, who is rated 104, could be next seen at the Dubai Carnival.
     
    "He's for Dubai but we're not sure yet who will train him," said Stroud of the Rip Van Winkle four-year-old. "He's got the right profile for Dubai - the right rating and he's sound. There should be plenty of opportunities for him there."
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  • Lot 379: AZRAFF
     
    Another high-profile purchase for Anthony Stroud as the agent signs at 100,000gns for Azraff, a classy handicapper for Marco Botti.
     
    Campaigned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, the son of Paco Boy has taken in most of the big festivals this year and ran a fine race at Royal Ascot when fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup. Prior to that, he had scored in good fashion at Newbury.
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  • Lot 386: RASMEE
     
    Brought along slowly by Marco Botti, Rasmee recently rewarded that patience by breaking his maiden in good style on his fifth outing at Newcastle. The son of Fastnet Rock looks a promising stayer in the making and duly attracts plenty of attention in the ring, eventually selling for 115,000gns to Richard Tedstone. Guy Mulcaster, bidding on behalf of Chris Waller, was the underbidder.
     
    Rasmee is the first foal out of the smart Reem, a Listed winner and Group 2-placed for Mike de Kock.
     
    Second behind Rasmee at Newcastle was Song Of Namibia, who sells tomorrow as lot 700.
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  • Lot 391: IMPERIAL AVIATOR
     
    Imperial Aviator looked to be one of the most exciting three-year-olds back in the spring when defeating Ulysses in a maiden at Newbury en route to taking a competitive handicap back at the same track for Roger Charlton. Black-type aspirations didn't quite go to plan after that but he's fared well in handicap company in recent months, notably when fourth to What About Carlo at Newbury on Saturday.
     
    Now the son of Paco Boy now has the chance to re-establish himself in Australia after falling to Johnny McKeever, acting on behalf of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, at 270,000gns.
     
    Fellow Australian trainer Chris Waller also tried to secure the colt via his representative Guy Mulcaster as did John Kilbride. Roger Charlton also bid hard in an effort to take him back home to Beckhampton.
     
    "He's a gorgeous horse," said McKeever, "the standout of the day. He's an attractive stayer and we couldn't leave him behind. You wouldn't know he'd run just two days ago. It was good to see Roger Charlton bidding hard to keep him too.
     
    "This sale has been a happy hunting ground for us - we bought [Group 1 winners] Glencadam Gold and The Offer here. Let's hope it continues."
     
    Jamie Railton sold the colt on behalf of a partnership that included Qatar Racing, who bought into him back in May. 
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  • TOP THREE LOTS
     
    313) Sincil Bank 2 c Hat Trick - Ascuncion (Powerscourt), sold by Trillium Place Stables for 270,000gns to SackvilleDonald
     
    391) Imperial Aviator 3 c Paco Boy - Telescopic (Galileo), sold by Jamie Railton for 270,000gns to McKeever Bloodstock and Gai Waterhouse
     
    185) Hawke 4 g Oratorio - Australie (Sadler's Wells), sold by Fox Covert Stables for 260,000gns to Prince Sultan bin Mohammed
     
    Imperial Aviator
     
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  • DAY ONE STATISTICS
     
    Offered: 270
     
    Sold: 247 (91%)
     
    Aggregate: 6,424,800gns (+26%)
     
    Average: 26,011gns (+16%)
     
    Median: 13,500gns (+13%)
     
    No. 200,000gns+ lots: 3
     
    No. 100,000gns+ lots: 12
     
    Leading buyer: SackvilleDonald, 2 bought for a total of 370,000gns
     
    Leading vendor: Ballydoyle Stables, 16 sold for a total of 636,500gns
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