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Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale - Friday, May 5, 2017

Nancy Sexton is live from Park Paddocks where the one-day Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale takes place

  • The Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-up Sale might not be Tattersalls' flagship juvenile auction but it couldn't have a better current flag-bearer than Sunday's 1,000 Guineas hopeful Daban, who became the sale's eighth black-type winning graduate of the past 12 months when successful in last month's Nell Gwyn Stakes.
     
    Another, Listed winner Royal Birth, was purchased here in 2013 for 45,000gns by David Redvers. Other notable graduates include two classy stayers in Trip To Paris (20,000gns) and Nearly Caught (25,000gns), Group 3 winner Ashadihan (48,000gns) and the durable Grendisar (75,000gns) 
     
    Daban, by Acclamation, was a 260,000gns purchase by Blandford Bloodstock out of the Derryconnor Stud draft at last year's sale on a day which saw 203 horses sell for an average of 25,658gns, down minimally from the year before.
     
    So far this season, the breeze-up trade has been hot - both GoffsUK and the Craven Sale ended with record figures - and although today's sale represents the turn of some of the lesser lights, those that stand out are likely to be keenly sought after.
     
    Daban pictured at last year's sale
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  • Today's sale starts at 10am with a group of horses in training before moving on to the two-year-olds. The vast majority breezed in professional style on 'perfect ground' yesterday at the Rowley Mile. It says a lot for the breeze-up consignors that only a handful misbehaved; the naughtiest was a colt, already equipped with cheekpieces, who ground to a halt coming out of the dip before deigning to break into a trot.
     
    Standouts on paper include: 
     
    111) ch f Kendargent - L'Etoile de Moscou; half-sistr to Group 3 winner Little Nightingale, also third in the 2015 Prix de Diane. Mayfield Stables
     
    141) ch c Leroidesanimaux - Oval Office: half-brother to Duke Of York Stakes winner Glass Office. Grove Stud
     
    168) b c Medaglia d'Oro - Say You Will; the only 2yo by his leading sire catalogued, this colt is a brother to Mark Johnston's promising Voski and out of a Grade 2-placed granddaughter of Snow Bride. Brown Island Stables
     
    184) b f Dawn Approach - Special Dancer; not only is this filly a half-sister to Nunthorpe Stakes winner Margot Did but also the potentially exciting three-year-old sprinter Tricorn. Mayfield Stables
     
    264) b f Kodiac - Dark Indian; half-sister to Grade 2 winner Valbenny. Tally-Ho Stud
     
    286) b f Havana Gold - Frizzante; daughter of a top sprinter who won the July Cup. Yeomanstown Stud
     
    295) b f Camacho - Grandel; half-sister to two admirable sprinters in Tax Free and Inxile. Kilminfoyle House Stud
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  • The day kicks off with the annual selection of horses in training.
     
    Several interesting lots are on offer led by Stevie Rogers (91), a classy stayer for Roger Varian who was most recently third in the All-Weather Marathon Championships at Lingfield. The son of Montjeu appeals as an ideal dual-purpose prospect.
     
    Dutch Uncle (48) is a smart handicapper on his day while Spirit Quartz (56), a high-class sprinter in his pomp, remains in good form, having run a recent fourth to Washington DC in the Woodlands Stakes at Navan.
     
    There should also be plenty more to come from Dr Julius No (89), who wasn't beaten far in last week's Esher Cup, progressive four-year-old Every Chance (86) and Magical Forest (70), who remains a maiden yet was evidently highly regarded by Marco Botti enough to go to Dubai to run in the UAE Oaks.
     
    Among the well-bred fillies is Casa Flora (42), a sister to Zebedee.
     
    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: 17) MAJOR CRISPIES; 25) TERMSNCONDITIONS; 63) ENDEAVOUR; 86) EVERY CHANCE
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  • A wild card entry has been added in the form of Lot 279A, a daughter of Swiss Spirit from Sherbourne Lodge.
     
    From the first crop of her sire, who is already off the mark, the filly is a half-sister to two winners and out of Early Morning Rain, a half-sister to Irish Derby hero Treasure Beach.
     
    Her pedigree can be viewed here.
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  • Moderate fare so far although several seem to be making plenty for what they are.
     
    The highlights so far are Zoffany Bay (13) and Termsnconditions (25), who make 20,000gns apiece. Zoffany Bay, a recent fourth in a Nottingham maiden for George Peckham, is knocked down to Oliver St Lawrence, who would know the horse well.
     
    Tom Malone signed for Termsnconditions, who recently won his second race on the bounce, a 6f handicap at Lingfield.
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  • Lot 48: DUTCH UNCLE
     
    Useful handicapper changes hands for 36,000gns to Paul Harley Bloodstock on behalf of an undisclosed European client.
     
    Not long after, Mums The Word, a winning Mayson filly out of a half-sister to Horris Hill Stakes winner Tell Dad, was another to surpass the 30,000gns barrier, in her case selling to Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock.
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  • Lot 86: EVERY CHANCE
     
    Chester Cup entry,  a recent winner over 1m6f at Wolverhampton, is set to return to Jamie Osborne after failing to sell at 45,000gns. 
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  • Lot 91: STEVE ROGERS
     
    Classy stayer is heading across town to Michael Bell's yard after selling to the trainer on behalf of Ed Ware for 105,000gns. The son of Montjeu has climbed through the staying ranks for Nurlan Bizakov and Roger Varian, winning six races and running placed a further six time, including last time out when third to Winning Story in the All-Weather Marathon Championships at Lingfield.
     
     
     
    "Ed Ware picked him out," said Bell. "He's a good fun Saturday horse, a high-class stayer who could run at Royal Ascot. He could go for something like the Queen Alexandra and then perhaps on to the Ebor.
     
    "I thought he ran very well the other day - Roger says he doesn't get beyond two miles but he looked like he was running on at Lingfield.
     
    "He's been in good hands - all the lads at Roger's liked him. And for a six-year-old, he has low mileage. He just looks a genuine, fun horse."
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  • Lot 112: b f Acclamation - La Reine de Pearls (Dubawi)
     
    This filly did a particularly quick time yesterday and duly becomes the subject of some spirited bidding, eventually falling to Stephen Hillen for 110,000gns.
     
    "She'll go to Mick Quinn for a new client, Kenny Bruce," said Hillen, who has already signed for four two-year-olds today. "She did a really good breeze - it was a quick time. She looks fast and ready to go."
     
    Hillen added he thought it was a buyers' market; so far 16 horses have sold for an average of 33,563gns.
     
    Bred by B & C Equine and sold today through Baroda & Colbinstown Studs, this filly was last seen at auction when knocked down to E. J. M. for €24,000 as a foal. She is the second foal out of dual winner La Reine De Pearls, a Dubawi granddaughter of multiple Grade 3 winner Cox Orange.
     
    It was a good few minutes for Acclamation, who was also responsible for a colt out of Irishstone (97) from Hardwood Stud that sold for 70,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock. 
     
     
     
     
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  • Lot 117: ch f Mayson - Laurena (Acatenango)
     
    Mayfield Stables turn a good profit with their Mayson filly, who sells for 75,000gns to Federico Barberini and Appletree Stud - the filly was picked up through Beechlawn Bloodstock for just £10,000 at the GoffsUK Premier Sale.
     
    She is a half-sister to two winners and out of a half-sister to Canadian Group 2 winner Lauro from the powerful German family of Lando and Laroche. 
     
     
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  • Lot 135: b c Showcasing - Music In Exile (Diesis)
     
    Ross Doyle lands this 80,000gns colt from Jim McCartan's Gaybrook Lodge Stud, a £44,000 pinhook out of last year's GoffsUK Premier Sale. 
     
    He is a brother to a five-time winner and out of an unplaced relation to champion Rodrigo De Triano.
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  • Lot 141: ch c Leroidesanimaux - Oval Office (Pursuit Of Love)
     
    In a departure away from their usual strategy, Cheveley Park Stud have attacked this breeze-up sales season with vigour. They paid a total of 440,000gns on seven horses at the last month's Craven Sale and have already made their presence felt today as the purchasers of two horses including this well-bred colt from Grove Stud.
     
    The only lot by his late sire catalogued, he is a half-brother to Duke Of York Stakes winner Glass Office and a direct descendant of Lady Tavistock's blue hen Mrs Moss via her high-class daughter Pushy. He was a €22,000 pinhook out of last year's Goffs Orby Sale by CFC Bloodstock.
     
    This is Leroidesanimaux's first crop of European-bred two-year-olds. The son of Candy Stripes made a bright start to his stud career in the US as the sire of Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom - incidentally Cheveley Park bought his sole two-year-old at the Craven Sale - out of his second crop. Leroidesanimaux joined Lanwades Stud for the 2014 season and this colt is one of 41 members from that first European crop.
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  • Lot 171: br f Lonhro - She's A Beauty (Storm Cat)
     
    Darley's Lonhro, a former shuttler to their Kentucky base, has been an ally of pinhookers for some years now and this filly maintains the trend when selling for 110,000gns to Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock on behalf of Sheikh Juma Dalmook al Maktoum.
     
     
     
    The May 18 foal turned heads yesterday with a swift breeze on the Rowley Mile for Friars Lough Stables and with a strong page to back her up - she is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Beautiful Song out of a half-sister to July Cup runner-up Lucayan Prince and Grade 2 winner Silver Comic - it was no surprise to see her turn a fine profit on her yearling price tag of $38,000.
     
    "We have a couple more on the list so we'll see how we go with those before deciding where she goes," said Brown. "It will be Sheikh Juma's decision.
     
    "I seem to be buying a lot by this stallion! I bought a nice horse by him at the breeze-ups last year called Dhalam, who ran well at Newbury the other day.
     
    "This is a real quality filly who finished off her breeze really well. She's not even two yet - that was key. So we'll probably give her three weeks off after this and I expect her to strengthen up."
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  • While several pinhooking coups have been landed already today, overall it's been tricky going for many consignors with only 22 of 51 through the ring so far seemingly making a profit (on those that were officially sold on their last auction appearance and taking into account approximate expenses).
     
    The average is running at 28,816gns, down ten per cent from last year's overall figure.
     
    However, it seems several of the better horses are still to come.
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  • Lot 199: b c Zebedee - Tea Cup (Danehill Dancer)
     
    Cheveley Park Stud continues to add to their haul of juveniles with the purchase of this colt for 100,000gns. Sold by The Bloodstock Connection as the property of Seven Hills Bloodstock, he was bought for a mere £12,000 by Johnny Hassett in a private deal at last year's GoffsUK Premier Sale.
     
    Plans call for the colt to join Hugo Palmer, a new addition to the Cheveley Park training ranks this year. Also new to the roster is Henry Candy, who will take charge of a 40,000gns Equiano colt bought earlier today.
     
    As at the Craven Sale, Cheveley Park are shopping with an eye towards bolstering their group of juvenile colts.
     
    "Mr Thompson is in Newmarket enjoying watching the process on TV," said the stud's Chris Richardson. "This was a particularly athletic colt. He will join Hugo Palmer, a new trainer for us this year.
     
    "The Equiano colt is going to Henry Candy, who obviously trained Kyllachy and Twilight Son. And the Leroidesanimaux [bought earlier for 70,000gns] goes to John Gosden. He is a well bred horse - his half-brother Glass Office is highly rated." 
     
     
    Lot 199 is the first foal out of the winning Tea Cup, a half-sister to Bangalore Oaks heroine New Alliance and the Listed-placed Forest Storm, herself dam of Night Of Thunder.
     
    Cheveley Park Stud struck again just minutes later when going to 87,000gns for an Iffraaj colt from Mayfield Stables. Bought back for £16,000 as a yearling, the colt is out of Tulipe Rose, the dam of two winners who is a half-sister to the Listed winners Ximb, Welcome Millennium, Verba and Kambura.
     
     
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  • Lot 214: ch c Dawn Approach - Whisp (Rainbow Quest)
     
    A tremendous result for Roderick Kavanagh - son of Peter - on his first day selling at Glending Stables.
     
    This first crop son of Dawn Approach was bred by the Kavanagh's Kildaragh Stud and was originally scheduled to sell at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Sale. However, he was unable to make that engagement and thus the Kavanagh's embarked on a breeze-up plan, for which they were amply rewarded this afternoon when he sells for 170,000gns to the Godolphin operation via Dick O'Gorman - after a startling opening bid of 100,000gns from Stephen Hillen.
     
    "We brought him to the yearling sales but he just went a bit short in his action," said Peter Kavanagh. "We did a bit of investigation and found he had a high testicle. That was removed and solved the problem.
     
    "Since then he's grown and developed, and he's been a delight to work with. He breezed very well, which had to be class in his case rather than precocity as he's a big horse."
     
    The colt is one of four foals of racing out of the unraced Whisp, a half-sister to German Group 2 winner Wild Side (dam of Park Hill Stakes winner Wild Coco), German St Leger winner Win For Us and champion German two-year-old White Rose (dam of Godolphin's classy Elite Army).
     
    Whisp doesn't have a yearling or foal on the ground but Kavanagh is hopeful that she is in foal to Belardo.
     
     
     
    This is Roderick Kavanagh's first venture into selling two-year-olds and he enjoyed another good result shortly afterwards when selling an Iffraaj colt for 50,000gns to Mouse O'Ryan.
     
    "Roderick did the Gold Coast and Karaka earlier this year," said Kavanagh. "But he's very keen on his riding and pre-training as well. He is doing great work."
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  • Peter Kavanagh also had news of Malaspina, the dam of Sunday's 1,000 Guineas hopeful Daban.
     
    "It's been fabulous to watch Daban, a dream turned to reality," he said. "And we've spent the past week watching Malaspina closely, waiting for her to foal. She foaled yesterday morning, a fine filly by Free Eagle. She's a deep, strong, very well balanced filly - a delight."
     
    Malaspina is also the dam of last year's Thoroughbred Stakes winner Thikriyaat.
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  • Lot 216: b c Kodiac - White Dress (Pivotal)
     
    Another notable strike for Cheveley Park Stud as they go to 150,000gns for Tally-Ho Stud's colt by Acclamation. A half-brother to the Group 3-placed Snoano, he was bought by the stud for 38,000gns as a foal.
     
    "This colt will be going to John Gosden - he trained the dam and granddam, and liked this horse very much. This colt's granddam, Pearl Dance, was third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and is by Pivotal, who is such a good broodmare sire."
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  • Lot 223: b c Acclamation - Zibeling (Cape Cross)
     
    Godolphin's productive day continues with the purchase of this colt from Church Farm & Horse Park Stud for 170,000gns through Richard Frisby. 
     
    Bought for €60,000 by Church Farm at last year's Goffs Orby Sale, he is out of a winning half-sister to Prix du Gros-Chene winner Beauty Is Truth - the family could gain a major update this Sunday when her daughter Hydrangea lines up in the 1,000 Guineas.
     
    "Sheikh Mohammed will decide who will train him," said Frisby. "He has a lovely page - it's a stallion's page if he's good enough."
     
     
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  • Lot 254: gr c Lethal Force - Cool Catena (One Cool Cat)
     
    170,000gns seems to be the magic number - the third youngster to hit the mark is this colt, a good result for his first-crop sire who sells to Jeremy Brummitt. Chris Richardson of Cheveley Park Stud was the underbidder.
     
    The colt is destined for Hong Kong on behalf of an undisclosed client.
     
    "I tried to buy him as a yearling and he's done everything right since," said Brummitt. "We're after more of a three-year-old type so it didn't matter to us that he didn't do the fastest breeze."
     
    The colt was a €55,000 pinhook out of last year's Goffs Sportsmans Sale by Church Farm and sold today by Willie Browne's Mocklershill. He is one of three foals out of the unraced Cool Catena, a half-sister to Rockwell Stakes runner-up Cochabamba as well as the dam of last year's smart juvenile Global Applause.
     
     
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  • Lot 262: ch c Dandy Man - Dame d'Honneur (Teofilo)
     
    Fresh from enjoying a lucrative Craven Sale, Thomond O'Mara of Knockanglass Stables hits another high here, this time as the vendor of a Dandy Man colt thats sells for 160,000gns to Dick O'Gorman. O'Gorman outbid Eamon O'Reilly of the BBA Ireland for the colt, who was bought privately by O'Mara at last year's GoffsUK Premier Sale after failing to sell in the ring for £18,000.
     
    "He was a big robust colt when I bought him," said O'Mara, "and he's done nothing but thrive. He's going to a great team and I wish them all the luck with him."
     
    The colt is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Turf Laurel and out of an unraced daughter of the Listed-placed La Reine Mambo.
     
     
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  • Lot 281: b c Sepoy - Fifty (Fasliyev)
     
    Fawzi Nass, whose European string is based with George Peckham, goes to 140,000gns for this colt, a grandson of King Of Kings' Classic-placed sister Amethyst from Thomastown Corner Stables.
     
    Successful pinhooks haven't been a consistent feature of this sale but this colt represents one celebratory transaction, having been bought by Kevin Ross for €24,000 at last year's Tattersalls Ireland September Sale.
     
     
     
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  • Lot 294: ch c Bahamian Bounty - Glorious Melody (Dylan Thomas)
     
    Another good result for Thomond O'Mara as his Bahamian Bounty colt sells for 100,000gns.
     
    The colt, out of a half-sister to German Listed winner Stark Danon, was purchased as a yearling for €28,000 through Howson and Houldsworth.
     
    He is from the last crop of his sire, for years a valuable ally of the smaller breeder.
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  • Lot 298: b c Kodiac - Greenflash (Green Desert)
     
    The ring lights up for this colt, who caps an excellent day for Thomond O'Mara of Knockanglass Stables by selling for 240,000gns to Stephen Hillen. O'Mara paid just £28,000 through Howson and Houldsworth for the youngster at last year's GoffsUK Premier Sale. 
     

    "He's been bought for Pat Gallagher and he's going into training with Richard Hughes," said Hillen after outbidding David Redvers and Richard Knight among others. "He's by a tremendous stallion, did a fantastic breeze, and probably would have been more expensive in the Craven Sale. 

     
    "He really attacked the hill and finished out very, very strongly, and that's what we're looking for, horses that are finishing their breezes. We tried hard on the Dawn Approach earlier but this is the other one we wanted."
     
    The colt is one of three foals of racing age out of the winning Greenflash. She is a half-sister to six minor winners and out of a half-sister to Listed winner Clean Cut.
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  • FIRST-CROP SIRE WATCH
     
    ALTERNATION: 1 offered, sold for 40,000gns
     
    ANIMAL KINGDOM: 1 offered, sold for 25,000gns
     
    CITYSCAPE: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 13,667gns
     
    DABIRSIM: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 31,500gns
     
    DAWN APPROACH: 1 offered, sold for 170,000gns
     
    DENMAN*: 1 offered, sold for 35,000gns
     
    EPAULETTE: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 14,000gns
     
    FARHH: 1 offered, sold for 24,000gns
     
    FINJAAN: 1 offered, sold for 7,000gns
     
    HAVANA GOLD: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of 28,667gns
     
    LETHAL FORCE: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 100,000gns
     
    MAXIOS: 1 offered, sold for 32,000gns
     
    MOST IMPROVED: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of 29,500gns
     
    RED JAZZ: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 24,000gns
     
    SHANGHAI BOBBY: 1 offered, sold for 32,000gns
     
    SOCIETY ROCK: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 44,500gns
     
    SWISS SPIRIT: 3 offered, 1 sold for 10,000gns
     
    WORTHADD: 1 offered, not sold
     
    *first European crop
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  • CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT
     
    At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “The extraordinary trade at the recent record - breaking Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up demonstrated the global demand for quality breeze up two year olds and it has been encouraging to see the momentum sustained at the Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale. We have welcomed buyers from throughout Europe and further afield to today’s sale and they have combined with strong domestic representation to produce increases in turnover, average and median as well as a record number of six figure transactions and lots selling for 50,000 guineas or more.

    "The key to the popularity of both the Craven and Guineas Breeze Up Sales is the combination of supremely professional consignors and consistent top level success on racecourses around the world. Both elements have played a major part in today’s sale with some spectacular pinhooking triumphs paying tribute to the horsemanship of the consignors and Sunday’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas second favourite Daban, the highest priced filly at last year’s sale, providing yet another reminder of the outstanding quality to be found every year at this fixture.

    “In addition to positive returns for the Breeze Up two year olds, the popular horses in training section has also achieved increases across the board and served as another reminder of the uniquely global audience consistently drawn to bloodstock sales at Tattersalls."
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  • HORSES IN TRAINING STATISTICS
     
    Offered: 65
     
    Sold: 51 (78%)
     
    Aggregate: 655,100gns (+19%)
     
    Average: 12,845gns (+17%)
     
    Median: 8,000gns (+19%)
     
    Top lot: 105,000gns paid by MLW Bell Racing for STEVE ROGERS
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  • BREEZE-UP STATISTICS
     
    Catalogued: 214
     
    Offered: 179
     
    Sold: 154 (86%)
     
    Aggregate: 5,502,200gns (+50%)
     
    Average: 35,729gns (+11%)
     
    Median: 25,000gns (+25%)
     
    No. six figure lots: 11 (2016: 8)
     
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as officially sold on last auction appearance + approximate expenses): 57 of 109
     
    Leading vendor: KNOCKANGLASS STABLES, 9 sold for a total of 770,500gns
     
    Leading buyer: STEPHEN HILLEN, 10 bought for a total of 638,000gns
     
    Leading sire by average (more than one sold): LETHAL FORCE (100,000gns)
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