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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 1 - Day Three - Thursday, October 6, 2016

Follow all the action from the final day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket with Nancy Sexton

  • Today's final session of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale starts at 11am. Among the likely highlights are:
    378) b c Dark Angel - Tickled Pink; the first foal out of Abernant Stakes winner Tickled Pink and from Trevor Stewart's noted Cassandra Go family, also responsible for Rhododendron
    379) b c Exceed And Excel - Time Control: half-brother to Cursory Glance
    385) b c Frankel - Tyranny: half-brother to Zoffany
    422) b f Shamardal - Yummy Mummy: half-sister to Legatissimo
    427) b c Dubawi - Zee Zee Top: out of a Prix de l'Opera heroine from Meon Valley's famous Reprocolor family, this colt is a half-brother to Pretty Polly Stakes winner Izzi Top, herself dam of yesterday's impressive maiden winner Dreamfield, and the Group 1-placed Jazzi Top
    431) b f Galileo - A Z Warrior: a sister to Key To My Heart, who sold here for 1,300,000gns last year, she is out of an American Grade 1 winner
    441) ch f Galileo - Aleagureoftheirown; the sister to Alice Springs
    460) b c Declaration Of War - Another Storm: the half-brother to Order Of St George
    469) ch f Dawn Approach - Artisia: half-sister to Red Cadeaux
    475) b c Frankel - Attraction: out of a champion and half-brother to Fountain Of Youth
    522) b f Frankel - Cassydora: the sister to Toulifaut and three-parts sister to Ernest Hemingway
    523) b c Frankel - Casual Look: out of the 2003 Oaks heroine
    535) b f Dubawi - Claba Di San Jore: a half-sister to five stakes winners including the Group 1 heroes Jakkalberry, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk
    540) b c Dubawi - Comic: half-brother to Hong Kong legend Viva Pataca
    Lot 427: b c Dubawi - Zee Zee Top
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  • Lot 379: b c Dark Angel - Tickled Pink (Invincible Spirit)
    This cracking colt, the first foal out of Abernant Stakes winner Tickled Pink, is snapped up for 500,000gns by Angus Gold of Shadwell Estates, which have enjoyed so much success with Dark Angel through the likes of Estidkhaar, Markaz and Alhebayeb among others.
    Ross Doyle was among those to cut out the early running on the colt, bred by Trevor Stewart and sold through Ballyhimikin Stud. Matt Houldsworth took him on until about 400,000gns when an undisclosed bidder came in on the back stairs. None, however, could match Angus Gold, who was making his 11th purchase of the week.
    "It's a great page obviously," said Gold. "A first foal but has a wonderful page, is from a fast family and has consistent class all the way throughout the page. He is by a good stallion and it was a lot of money."
    He is the first foal out of his dam, one of several talented fillies out of Stewart's excellent mare Cassandra Go. The best of her six winners has been the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Halfway To Heaven, dam of tomorrow's Fillies' Mile hopeful Rhododendron, but she also foaled Group 3 winner Theann, in turn the dam of American Grade 1 winner Photo Call.
    "Obviously I'm thrilled," said Stewart. "I'm absolutely delighted that he's going to Shadwell. He was very well prepared by the team at Ballyhimikin - they did an excellent job.
    "He's very like his mother. He's a strong colt and looks a two-year-old type."
    Tickled Pink has a Shamardal colt foal and is in foal to Gleneagles. Cassandra Go, meanwhile, is represented later today by an Iffraaj yearling filly. She also has a foal sister to Tickled Pink.
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  • Lot 383: b f Dark Angel - Two Sets To Love (Cadeaux Genereux)
    It was at this sale three years ago that Michael Carty of Kilmoney Cottage Stud sold a son of Zebedee for 220,000gns - he turned out to be none other than Ivawood. Carty has only offered five yearlings at this sale since then and today records a personal best of 700,000gns for this filly, a €145,000 pinhook.
    Charlie Gordon-Watson, sitting with Saeed Suhail, signed the ticket after outbidding Shawn Dugan.
    "This filly is stronger than any yearling I've ever had, including the colts," said Carty before the sale. "She has everything I'd look for in a racehorse. She took all the work I gave her, she's great on the lunge and has a lovely way about her."
    She is a sister to the ill-fated Group 3-placed juvenile Midnite Angel and the seventh foal out of the unraced Two Sets To Love, a half-sister to tough miler Swallow Flight.
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  • Lot 385: b c Frankel - Tyranny (Machiavellian)
    With Zoffany doing so well, it's no surprise to see Coolmore target his Frankel half-brother. A bid of 1,100,000gns from MV Magnier secured the colt, who is also a half-brother to Group 3 winner Wilshire Boulevard and out of a winning half-sister to Grade 2 winner Spotlight. It is the noted Hesmonds Stud family of Claxon, Cassydora and Toulifaut.
    As with all Magnier's purchases this week, he has been bought in partnership with Mayfair Speculators in conjunction with Peter and Ross Doyle.
    John O'Kelly introduced the colt by saying that he is believed by his breeder Epona Bloodstock to be 'the best Croom House have offered for sale' and a 'tremendous colt on the lunge'. The farm bought Tyranny as a yearling through Hugo Merry for 230,000gns off Normandie Stud in 2001 and have reaped many rewards since then, primarily through Zoffany but also a series of high-priced yearlings. They include Landikusic, a 700,000gns purchase by Solis/Litt for American outfit LNJ Foxwoods.
    "Obviously he's a half-brother to Zoffany," said Magnier. "Zoffany was a very good racehorse, he came closest to beating Frankel that day at Ascot. And now he's doing exceptionally well as a stallion. He's had five Group 1 horses this year and hopefully Washington D C will run at either Ascot [on Champions Day] or in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
    "We've been lucky buying off Croom House - they're very good breeders. And he's by a stallion who is doing very well."
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  • Lot 395: b f Shamardal - Victoire Celebre (Stravinsky)
    A tremendous sale for Fittocks Stud continues with the sale of this filly, a half-sister to Listed winner Arab Dawn from the great Wildenstein family of Venise, for 500,000gns to Shawn Dugan, acting on behalf of the Abu Dhabi-based Al Shira'aa Farms. John Ferguson was the underbidder.
    Yesterday the stud sold two Dubawi colts through Highclere Stud for 500,000gns and 850,000gns.
    She was followed into the ring by a Galileo half-sister to Group 3 winner Viztoria from Airlie Stud who became a tenth purchase for MV Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle at 500,000gns.
    Lot 395: b f Shamardal - Victoire Celebre
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  • Lot 422: b f Shamardal - Yummy Mummy (Montjeu)
    The purchase of Yummy Mummy for 460,000gns by Newsells Park Stud in 2009  has been rewarded many times over since then with her daughter Legatissimo doing the mare proud on the track and two yearlings realising over 500,000gns at this sale since 2012. They include last year's offering, a Redoute's Choice filly who sold for 725,000gns to MV Magnier.
    Today, her current yearling trumps all those figures by selling for 870,000gns to Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock. Unsurprisingly, there was strong interest in the filly from the outset, with Ed Sackville, Crispin de Moubray, sitting with Andreas Putsch, and eventual underbidder Hugo Merry also making bold plays.
    "She'll stay here to be trained but I not sure who will get her yet," said Brown, acting on behalf of an undisclosed owner. "I've seen her every day here and she's just got better and better. On the first day, she was a little tense. She was nearly there yesterday but when I pulled her out this morning, out she came and off she went. She showed beautifully - she has a very good action for the sire. Just a really classy filly. 
    "She's by a world class stallion, a half-sister to a champion and the female line speaks for itself. And she's from a proper farm. It just all came together and we're delighted to get her.
    "You can't get into these types of families very often. She'll probably never see a sale ring again. "
    Yummy Mummy, who was bought by the stud through John Warren, is a winning sister to Fame And Glory. It is the further noted Plantation Stud family that is also responsible for Farhh and Gonbarda.
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  • Lot 427: b c Dubawi - Zee Zee Top (Zafonic)
    The top price of 2,600,000gns set on Tuesday is matched by another son of Dubawi, this time a colt out of Prix de l'Opera heroine Zee Zee Top from Meon Valley Stud.
    Although John Ferguson was present in the gate as the colt sold, it was left to Angus Gold and Roger Varian to fight out the bidding as it rattled its way into seven figures. In the end, it was Gold who fired in the winning bid of 2,600,000gns, leaving Varian as underbidder - not for the first time this week on a high-profile Dubawi.
    Sun Stud were also among the early bidders. 
    The colt is the ninth foal out of his dam, a daughter of Meon Valley's great mare Colorspin and therefore a half-sister to the top-class pair Kayf Tara and Opera House. While Kayf Tara has been one of Britain's leading jumps sires for many years, Opera House was reasonably successful at stud in Japan. The third dam, meanwhile, is blue hen Reprocolor.
    Zee Zee Top has maintained the tradition at stud by producing two highly talented fillies in Izzi Top, winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes, and Jazzi Top, winner of the Prix de la Nonette. There was also a potential exciting development in the family yesterday when Izzi Top's first foal, Dreamfield, bolted up at Nottingham.
    "A beautiful colt who looked an athlete," said Angus Gold. "He's was bred by a great farm and from one of their great families - the two-year-old won very well yesterday. It's one of those families that just keeps coming. It's a stallions pedigree so lets hope he can run.
    "Meon Valley have to be congratulated on bringing a lovely group of horses here and they were well rewarded."
    The colt was preceded into the ring by his close relation, a Cacique grandson of Zee Zee Top who sold for 210,000gns to David Menuisier on behalf of Clive Washbourn. He shares his sire with Washbourn's promising two-year-old Contrapposto, the winner of his maiden at Nottingham yesterday.
    Zee Zee Top is one of 17 descendants of Reprocolor currently based at Meon Valley. She will be joined in due course by Jazzi Top, who was retired earlier this year due to injury.
    Zee Zee Top foaled a filly by Invincible Spirit in May and was then rested for the year.
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  • Lot 431:  b f Galileo - A Z Warrior (Bernardini)
    Becomes another high-profile auction yearling out of the 2010 Spinster Stakes winner A Z Warrior when selling for 750,000gns to MV Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle. Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock was underbidder.
    She is the third foal out of A Z Warrior, one of the leading lights of Bernardini's first crop, following Cole Porter, a winner for Aidan O'Brien earlier this season, and Key To My Heart, a 1,300,000gns purchase at this sale last year who has been placed three times. All are by Galileo.
    In turn, A Z Warrior is out of the Listed-placed Carson Jen, an excellent producer for Ahmed Zayat who has also bred Grade 2 winner Jojo Warrior and Grade 3 winner E Z Warrior.
    Lot 431 was sold by New England Stud on behalf of breeder Triermore Stud, who paid $1,250,000 through Blandford Bloodstock for A Z Warrior at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
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  • Lot 441: ch f Galileo - Aleagueoftheirown (Danehill Dancer)
    It's only been three years since Paul Makin dispersed his bloodstock interests but he's been rebuilding his string of late, notably through the purchase of Marcel and the Frankel - Finsceal Beo filly. He was certainly determined to get this sister to Alice Springs too, since he opened the bidding at a million - an old favourite trick of his - and later took it from 1,500,000gns to 2,000,000gns in one fell swoop, much to the surprise of auctioneer Ollie Fowlston.
    By this stage, bidding for the filly rested between himself and Peter Doyle, standing with members of the Coolmore and Mayfair Speculators team. And despite bidding in a more conservative fashion than his rival, it was Doyle who won the day at 2,100,000gns.
    "She's for the Mayfair - Coolmore partnership," said Doyle. "The lads will sit down at the end of the week and discuss where the yearlings will be trained. She could go to Ireland but we've had success in France as well with likes of Andre Fabre and Nicolas Clement, so she could end up going there.
    "She's a lovely filly with a great walk. And it's a very deep pedigree, one that keeps producing. She will make a lovely broodmare once she's finished racing - hopefully she will have enhanced the page herself by that stage!"
    Mayfair now own shares or sole ownership in approximately 50 yearlings in Europe. They include The Juliet Rose and Douglas Macarthur.
    "We bought some lovely yearlings last year and have had success with them," said Doyle. "And we've bought some lovely yearlings here this week to go with the ones at Arqana."
    Bred by Lynch Bages and Longfield Stud, this filly was sold by Glenvale Stud - Flash Conroy described the filly 'as a lovely individual who has been straightforward all the way through'. 
    As well as Alice Springs, the Falmouth, Matron and Sun Chariot Stakes winner, she is a sister to the Group 2-placed Criteria and Group 3-placed Kingston Jamaica. They are three of just four foals of racing age out of their dam Aleagueoftheirown.
    Incidentally, Doyle also signed for Aleagueoftheirown when she made €70,000 at the 2009 Goffs February Sale. Runner-up in the Listed Sweet Mimosa Stakes, she is the best foal out of Golden Coral, a half-sister to champion filly Golden Opinion. 
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  • Lot 460: b c Declaration Of War - Another Storm (Storm Cat)
    Order Of St George's half-brother is knocked down to John Gosden for 250,000gns. Australian outfit Emirates Park are on the ticket.
    Out of a mare that was bought by Paget Bloodstock through Horse France for just $50,000 in 2010, he is also a half-brother to Group/Grade 3 winnera Asperity and Angel Terrace, Listed winner Sehoy and the promising pair Kellstorm and Arwa. 
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  • Lot 475: b c Frankel - Attraction (Efisio)
    A great result for the Duke of Roxburgh's Floors Stud as their homebred colt out the popular Attraction sells for 1,600,000gns to Angus Gold. Gold had to outbid Roger Varian, Matt Houldsworth and Sun Stud to secure a 16th purchase of the sale for Shadwell.
    He is Frankel's third seven figure yearling this week and brings his average to 839,285gns.
    "He's just the coolest horse," said the Duke of Roxburghe. "One of our lads remarked that in all the years we have sold here, we've never brought a horse with such a good attitude and temperament. 
    "Frankel is by far the most exciting thing this year, actually for many a year, and Attraction was the most exciting thing in my racing life, so it's a perfect combination. I'd have loved to have kept him but these studs cost a lot of money and I have nominations to pay. All the colts go to the sale anyway so it was an easy decision.
    "I couldn't send Attraction to Frankel in his first season as she was on a late cover and needed to be rested. But it was always the plan to send her to him. It was a no-brainer.
    "They both successfully made the running up the Rowley Mile!" he added, alluding to their respective Guineas wins. "So it was a fitting combination.
    "I'm thrilled that Sheikh Hamdan has done me the honour of buying him. And the stud team did a terrific job - well done the team."
    The colt is the eighth foal out of Attraction, the champion European two-year-old of 2003 and Anglo-Irish 1,000 Guineas winner of 2004. A strong front-runner who always gave her best, she also gained plenty of admirers by overcoming her less than desirable conformation.
    However, its fair to say that her well-documented forelegs have yet to manifest themselves in her auction stock; for instance, her 2011 colt by Oasis Dream, subsequent Group 3 winner Fountain Of Youth, sold for 420,000gns here while her 2012 colt by Montjeu, the winning Neoattraction, realised 450,000gns. Both were exceptionally good-looking.
    Next up for Floors Stud is their highly regarded Dubawi half-brother to Hong Kong legend Viva Pataca. 
    "There's been pressure this week," said the Duke of Roxburghe. "We're selling these ones late in the sale and so you're watching it all go on. The ones we offered before this one did get sold but they weren't great sales. So this one is a feeling of real relief."
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  • Lot 522: b f Frankel - Cassydora (Darshaan)
    This filly, a charming sister to Prix d'Aumale heroine Toulifaut from Barronstown Stud, will carry the colours of Moyglare Stud Farm after Fiona Craig fends off Peter Doyle, standing with the Mayfair Speculators and Coolmore teams, and Roger Varian at 900,000gns.
    In addition to Toulifaut, who sold for €1.9 million on Saturday at the Arc Sale, she is a half-sister to Ballyroan Stakes winner Ernest Hemingway, now at stud in Chile. Their dam Cassydora won the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes and was second in the Nassau Stakes. She joined Barronstown when bought for $1,350,000 by the BBA Ireland at Keeneland in November 2007.
    Although Ernest Hemingway and Zoffany have promoted the family to good effect in recent seasons, this is a particularly good filly family that was cultivated by Hesmonds Stud; granddam Claxon was a Group 2 winner for John Dunlop and bred Listed winner Classic Remark while third dam Bulaxie won the Fred Darling and Lupe Stakes.
    "A lovely filly, very Darshaan," said Craig. "I knew the mother and I thought she was very like her - you could see Darshaan in both of them. 
    "I thought the Alice Springs sister was an absolute queen but she got away from us. This filly is going to take a bit more time. But we'll take her back to Ireland and take our time with her.
    "It's a good, old Goulandris family. We don't have many English families  - they're hard to buy into."
    Moyglare already has one Frankel in its possession in Solo Saxophone, who is with Dermot Weld.
    "He's out of a fast Seeking The Gold mare," said Craig. "Everyone likes him, he's nice but just a big colt. Hopefully he'll run this year."
    Craig also said that Moyglare is home to 38 mares but that eight will probably be sold this year.
    "We're looking to reduce the numbers while increasing the quality, as everyone is," she said. "It's not easy competing with Ballydoyle!"
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  • Lot 535: b f Dubawi - Claba Di San Jore (Barathea)
    The last Dubawi filly becomes the eighth by her sire to fall to John Ferguson. He goes to 825,000gns for the Watership Down-bred, whose brother Rummani recently ran second on his Newmarket debut for Godolphin.
    Claba Di San Jore, who joined Watership when purchased for 575,000gns through Charlie Gordon-Watson in 2012, has been an outstanding producer. Two of her foals, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk, won the Derby Italiano. Another, Jakkalberry, ran third in the race before taking the Gran Premio di Milano. Jakkalberry and Crackerjack King are now both at stud.

    Claba Di San Jore is also the dam of Listed winners Kidnapping and Joyful Hope and granddam of Group 3 winner Circus Couture as well as the Group 1-placed Celticus.

    With the Dubawi - Comic colt still to come, Ferguson has spent 8,950,000gns on Dubawi's progeny this week. Overall, the stallion is returning an average of 1,001,154gns.

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  • Lot 540: b c Dubawi - Comic (Be My Guest)
    The half-brother to Viva Pataca and American Grade 1 winner Laughing sells for 750,000gns to Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock.
    His sale concludes an excellent day for his breeder, Floors Stud.
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    HAVANA GOLD: 2 offered, 1 sold for 200,000gns
    INTELLO: 12 offered, 10 sold for an average of 185,000gns
    CAMELOT: 23 offered, 17 sold for an average of 171,176gns
    DECLARATION OF WAR: 11 offered, 11 sold for an average of 157,273gns
    SOCIETY ROCK: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 145,000gns
    MAXIOS: 1 offered, sold for 125,000gns
    DAWN APPROACH: 21 offered, 13 sold for an average of 124,923gns​
    AL KAZEEM: 5 offered, 3 sold for an average of 123,333gns
    EPAULETTE: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 102,500gns
    LETHAL FORCE: 2 offered, 1 sold for 70,000gns
    FARHH: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 55,667gns
    RECKLESS ABANDON: 1 offered, sold for 22,000gns
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    At the conclusion of Book 1 of the 2016 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “As recently as 2010 the turnover at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was below 50 million guineas and the average price was just over 100,000 guineas. Last year the sale turnover broke through 80 million guineas for the first time and that record has been bettered again in 2016, while the average price has exceeded 220,000 guineas for the third consecutive year. In addition, we have sold a record nine yearlings for 1 million guineas or more this week, including the two sale - topping Dubawi colts whose 2.6 million guineas price tags make them the highest priced auction yearlings in the world this year.

    “Every year since 2012 Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has produced the world’s highest priced auction yearling which reflects the extraordinary quality of the yearlings the consignors consistently bring to the sale. Book 1 attracts the cream of British and Irish yearlings as well as some outstanding individuals from French, German and Italian breeders, and the depth to the catalogue is the key to attracting so many of the world’s leading owners to the sale. As well as the quality of the yearlings in Book 1, we should also acknowledge the part played by the unprecedented strength amongst the stallions currently standing in Britain and Ireland, most notably Dubawi, Frankel and Galileo who have shared this week's nine seven figure yearlings between them.

    “Stallions of such global stature are a massive draw and we have welcomed buyers this week from throughout the world including America, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and South Africa as well as a hugely influential number of individual buyers from throughout the Gulf region. Another positive has been the response to the £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus scheme which we introduced last year and which has already caught the imagination of owners and trainers in both Britain and Ireland. To date there have been 33 £25,000 Book 1 Bonus winners this year and almost all the recipients have reinvested this week.

    “While we can reflect on the positives to come from the past three days, it would be wrong to overlook the polarisation in the market place as the foal crops grow. Demand for the very best yearlings has been as strong, if not stronger, than ever, and that is reflected in the record number of seven figure yearlings and record turnover. The clearance rate, however, has not matched last year’s levels and increasing selectivity is becoming a feature of the bloodstock market which presents both breeders and sales companies with challenges. Nevertheless, we now turn our attention to Books 2, 3 and 4 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale starting on Monday and as ever we have quality catalogues which look set to appeal to a wide cross - section of buyers."
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    Offered: 164
    Sold: 118 (72%)
    Aggregate: 30,401,000gns
    Average: 257,636gns (+31%)
    Median: 140,000gns (0%)
    Top price: 2,600,000gns paid by Shadwell Estate Company for lot 427) b c Dubawi - Zee Zee Top, sold by Meon Valley Stud
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    WATERSHIP DOWN STUD: 13 sold for a total of 6,737,000gns
    HIGHCLERE STUD: 26 sold for a total of 5,856,000gns
    NEWSELLS PARK STUD: 15 sold for a total of 5,722,000gns
    MEON VALLEY STUD: 10 sold for a total of 4,398,000gns
    GLENVALE STUD: 12 sold for a total of 4,020,000gns
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    JOHN FERGUSON: 26 bought for a total of 13,910,000gns
    MV MAGNIER/MAYFAIR/P & R DOYLE: 12 bought for a total of 9,010,000gns
    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: 16 bought for a total of 8,955,000gns
    BLANDFORD BLOODSTOCK: 24 bought for a total of 6,440,000gns
    ROGER VARIAN: 13 bought for a total of 4,468,000gns
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    DUBAWI: 15 sold for an average of 972,667gns
    FRANKEL: 10 sold for an average of 733,500gns
    GALILEO: 16 sold for an average of 610,313gns
    SHAMARDAL: 17 sold for an average of 311,471gns
    INVINCIBLE SPIRIT: 24 sold for an average of 249,667gns
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    Catalogued: 551
    Offered: 493
    Sold: 386 (78%)
    Aggregate: 88,038,000gns (+6%) - highest turnover for any yearling auction in Europe
    Average: 228,078gns (+3%)
    Colts average: 245,807gns
    Fillies average: 202,494gns
    Median: 130,000gns (-13%)
    No. 1,000,000gns+ lots: 9 (2015: 6)
    No. 500,000gns+ lots: 44 (2015: 37)
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on last auction appearance + approx expenses): 63 of 108
    Today's 2,600,000gns topping son of Dubawi
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