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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 1 - Day Two - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action as it happen in Newmarket from the second day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

  • Day two of Book 1 kicks off at 11am. Among the likely stars are:
    186) b c Galileo - Mauralakana: out of a Beverly D Stakes winner, he is a half-brother to two winners who between them realised 510,000gns and 525,000gns at recent editions of this sale
    187) b c Lope De Vega - Mauresmo: half-brother to Marcel
    191) b f Galileo - Melito: the third foal of a dual Group 1 winner in Australia
    205) b f Redoute's Choice - Model Queen: the latest offering out of Model Queen, whose progeny have made 4,090,000gns at this sale since 2005. Half-sister to four stakes horses including Regal Parade and Entifaadha
    219) ch c New Approach - Music Show: out of a Falmouth Stakes winner
    224) b c New Approach - Nannina: out of a top-class miler, he is a brother to the promising Mulk
    244) ch c Frankel - Peeress: from the vendors of Seven Heavens and out of Lockinge Stakes winner Peeress, he has the physical to match his page. A likely star
    272) b c Invincible Spirit - Rain Flower; the half-brother to Oaks heroine Dancing Rain as well as Listed winner Sumora, dam of Maybe and Sunday's Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Promise To Be True
    295) ch c Galileo - Sant Elena: the half-brother to Reckless Abandon
    301) b f Shamardal - Screen Star: the sister to Lumiere
    307) b c Redoute's Choice - Shalamantika: half-brother to Prix de l'Opera heroine Shalanaya as well as Group 2 winner Shankardeh
    309) b f Galileo - Shastye: the sister to Secret Gesture as well as Group 3 winner Sir Isaac Newton, who was sold for the short lived record of 3,600,000gns here in 2013. Out of a Listed-placed half-sister to Sagamix and Sagacity
    330) b c Galileo - Sogno Verde: at 475,000gns, this half-brother to Lilbourne Lad is the most expensive pinhook catalogued. Bought by Hunday and offered through Ballyhimikin Stud
    338) ch c Intello - Spacious: out of a multiple Group 2 winner who was also Group 1-placed, this colt is a half-brother to Spatial, who had Unforgettable Filly and Sobetsu behind her when successful in a strong Newmarket maiden recently
    356) ch f Sepoy - Swain's Gold; the half-sister to Jack Hobbs
    363) b c Invincible Spirit - Swiss Lake; out of Lordship Stud's tremendous mare Swiss Lake, he is a brother to Swiss Spirit and half-brother to other high-class sprinters Swiss Diva (whose Oasis Dream colt is lot 362) and Swiss Dream.
    Lot 205: b f Redoute's Choice - Model Queen
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  • Cheveley Park Stud sent just two mares to Frankel in his first year. One, a colt out of Red Bloom was retained to race after failing to make his engagement in the foal sale and has become dual winner Senator, while the other, a colt out of Heaven Sent, was offered here at Book 1.
    An attractive colt with plenty of substance for a May foal, he duly lived up to expectations when selling for 620,000gns to Juddmonte Farms and is now one of Frankel's leading lights; named Seven Heavens, he has bolted up in each of his two starts for John Gosden and looks set to take his chance in Saturday's Dewhurst Stakes. 
    Today, Cheveley Park return with another Frankel colt out of a Pivotal mare in lot 244. He is the fifth foal out of Lockinge and Sun Chariot Stakes winner Peeress, whose first is the Listed-winning Ladyship. 
    He is one of nine foals on the ground by Frankel out of a Pivotal mare. Another is the placed colt Zefferino.
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  • Below is a rare offering - the first Tapit yearling colt to be ever offered at Tattersalls. 
    He is also only the third yearling to be offered in Europe by his champion American sire and the first since 2011. Although better known as a dirt stallion, the Gainesway Farm stallion has sired his share of talented turf runners in America, among them Grade 1 winner Tapitsfly.
    Tapit was champion sire in America for the second time last year when his progeny accumulated approximately $18.4 million in earnings, thereby smashing his own record figure set the year before. And he is well on his way to gaining another championship this year thanks to the winners of over $16.1 million, among them Belmont Stakes winner Creator, Godolphin's brilliant Frosted and Spinaway Stakes dead-heaters Pretty City Dancer and Sweet Loretta.
    His yearling average for 2016 stands at $651,463 and he stood the past season for $300,000.
    This particular colt was bred by Apple Tree Stud out of the unraced Henrythenavigator mare Midnight Thoughts. He is the first foal out of his dam, a half-sister to Irish St Leger winner Royal Diamond, Ribblesdale Stakes winner Princess Highway and Group 3 winner Mad About You.
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  • Willie Carson returns today with a homebred half-sister to Jack Hobbs bred out of triple winner Swain's Gold. The daughter of Sepoy is lot 356. 
    Carson's Minster Stud sold Jack Hobbs for 60,000gns at Book 2 of the 2013 October Sale to Blandford Bloodstock. Incidentally both siblings occupy the same box - 477 in Wall Box V.
    The pair have several physical differences - Jack Hobbs is a dark brown, rangy horse and this filly has the chestnut coat and muscular stature more associated with her sire Sepoy - but against that there are several similarities...
    Take a look in box 477 and there is a large square of wood panelling not long replaced. That is where Jack Hobbs smashed part of the wall during his short stay in 2013. There are also plenty of scrape marks along the wall, evidence of where his younger sibling was cast at the weekend.
    "They've both given the wall a bashing! They had to replace that bit after Jack Hobbs was here," said Carson pointing to the wall.
    "I think this is one of the best fillies I've brought here. She's done everything right."
    Carson paid $180,000 for Swain's Gold through James Delahooke at the 2007 Keeneland January Sale. In addition to Jack Hobbs, she is also dam of the Group 3-placed Niceofyoutotellme and dual winner Manson. There is plenty more to look forward to with her too as she's one of the few outside mares that managed to get into Dubawi this year.
    Lot 356: ch f Sepoy - Swain's Gold
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  • Lot 187: b c Lope De Vega - Mauresmo (Marju)
    Paul Makin returns to familiar territory with the purchase of this half-brother to Marcel for 150,000gns. Makin, who dispersed his interests in 2013, bought Racing Post Trophy winner Marcel earlier this season and is now standing him at The National Stud. He also owns the Frankel - Finsceal Beo filly, La Figlia.
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  • Lot 191: b f Galileo - Melito (Redoute's Choice)
    Australian investment continues to play a prominent role with Emirates Park Stud going to 500,000gns for this Galileo daughter of Australian Group 1 winner Melito. The filly is the first yearling bought at Tattersalls by Emirates Park Stud.
    Melito won five races including the Group 1 Winter Stakes and Group 1 T J Smith Stakes during her time in Australia. Now under the ownership of the 'Melito Syndicate', this filly is her third foal. She was sold by Baroda & Colbinstown Studs.
    Emirates Park Stud, which is owned by His Excellency Nasser Lootah, is a major force in Australia, where they own 120 mares and stand four stallions, including shuttlers Dream Ahead and Artie Schiller. However, plans call for this filly to remain in Europe to race.
    "The boss has a few horses in training up here," said stud general manager Bryan Carlson. "But being out of a mare like Melito and a daughter of Galileo, who is doing so well up here, she has the potential to come back to Australia if we want her to." 
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  • Lot 198: gr c Dubawi - Millennium Star (High Chaparral)
    After coming off second best on the Dubawi - Giants Play colt yesterday, Matt Houldsworth strikes at 500,000gns on another son of the stallion, offered by Highclere Stud on behalf of breeder Fittocks Stud.
    The attractive grey will sport the colours of Tony Welscher and Ann Plummer, who have a select number of horses in training with Charlie Hills and Jonny Portman. The former saddled their Amomentofmadness to win at Salisbury and Windsor for the pair earlier in the season.
    This colt is the second foal out of Millennium Star, a half-sister to Prix de Malleret heroine Diamilina and high-class miler Diamond Green. A good Lagardere family, it is also responsible for Capri.
    Making the colt all the more appealing are the exploits of his juvenile half-brother Total Star, the winner of two of his three starts since the publication of the catalogue.
    "He's for Tony Welscher and Ann Plummer and I suspect he'll go to Charlie Hills," said Houldsworth. "After being beaten on the one yesterday, it made us all the more determined to get one today and we're delighted to get this colt.
    "He's a lovely colt and looks like he could be quite early. The two-year-old looks good and if he can show the same kind of precocity, that would be nice. He's come from amazing breeders who have lovely families."
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  • Lot 229: b c Dubawi - Nature Spirits (Beat Hollow)
    The combination of an attractive Dubawi with a page once again draws the attention of John Ferguson and Roger Varian, presumably bidding for Dubawi's owner Sheikh Obaid. As with yesterday's session-topper, they clash on this yearling, with Ferguson coming out on top at 2,100,000gns.
    Simon Crisford and Sun Stud were also strong players on the colt, who is the second foal out of a Listed winner and bred by the Niarchos family. He was sold by Watership Down Stud 
    "We're delighted to get him," said Ferguson. "He has a great pedigree and comes from great breeders."
    The colt is the only yearling catalogued to this sale bred by the Niarchos family. The operation also had a good result at Goffs last week when selling a Frankel half-brother to Maxios and Bago for €750,000. 
    This particular colt hails from a family littered with Niarchos stars. His dam is a three-parts sister to Beresford Stakes winner Curtain Call as well as Launched, a Listed winner this year. His third dam, meanwhile, is Whakilyric, a very talented runner in her own right for Francois Boutin when she wasn't fulfilling pacemaking roles for Miesque. Winner of the Prix du Calvados, she later foaled Hernando and Johann Quatz for the Niarchos family and is the third dam of Hong Kong Group 1 winner Akeed Mofeed.
    Maria Niarchos was on hand to see the colt go through and afterwards, her racing manager Alan Cooper paid tribute to those involved with him.
    "He was beautifully raised by Kiltinan Castle Stud, where he was born," he said. "Well done also to Simon Marsh and his team at Watership Down Stud - he was presented beautifully.
    "It was a very difficult decision to put him in the sale but every now and then you have to sell one."
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  • Lot 244: ch c Frankel - Peeress (Pivotal)
    Introduced in front of a packed ring as a 'colt with star quality with the muscle mass similar to this father', this colt from Cheveley Park Stud duly lives up to expectations by selling for 1,300,000gns to M V Magnier.
    As with all of Magnier's purchases this week, he was bought in partnership with Markus Jooste's Mayfair Speculators in conjunction with Peter and Ross Doyle. 
    Angus Gold was the underbidder.
    His sale maintained a tremendous run for Cheveley Park's association with Frankel. The stud sent two mares to the stallion in his first year and came up with the exciting Seven Heavens and dual winner Senator. And this colt is one of two yearlings they have from his second crop; the other, a filly out of Infallible, has been retained.
    He is the fifth living foal out of the Lockinge and Sun Chariot Stakes winner Peeress and a half-brother to three winners, including Listed scorer Ladyship. He is the first yearling out of his dam to be offered at auction.
    "As long as they're ok and straightforward, we offer our colts at auction," said Chris Richardson of Cheveley Park Stud. "He's a very powerful colt, as is Peeress.
    "We're seeing now that Pivotal is exerting a tremendous influence, particularly as a broodmare sire. We felt that this particular cross could be quite effective and that looks as if it might be the case - it's the same cross as Seven Heavens and it will be interesting to see what he can do on Saturday [in the Dewhurst Stakes]."
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  • Lot 264: gr f Dark Angel - Prodigal Daughter (Alhaarth)
    A tremendous few days for Corduff Stud continues with the sale of this filly - a 190,000gns pinhook through Blandford Bloodstock - for 400,000gns to Shadwell Estates. Angus Gold had to fight off Emirates Park Stud for the filly, a half-sister to Horris Hill Stakes winner Carnaby Street.
    Corduff ended yesterday on real high, having sold the Shamardal - Hikari filly (220,000gns pinhook) for 725,000gns to Shadwell and the Dubawi - Gift Range filly for 525,000gns to John Ferguson.
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  • Lot 272: b c Invincible Spirit - Rain Flower (Indian Ridge)
    Charlie Gordon-Watson lands colt from Camas Park Stud for 500,000gns. Bred by Swettenham Stud, he is a half-brother to Dancing Rain and Listed winner Sumora, dam of champion two-year-old Maybe (one of a select group of mares sent by Coolmore to Deep Impact) as well as Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Promise To Be True.
    "He's for Al Shaqab," said Gordon-Watson. "It's an excellent page - you have the filly that was second in the Marcel Boussac on Sunday under the first dam. A stallions pedigree."
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  • Lot 279: b f Kendargent - Restia (Montjeu)
    A new sales high for Haras de Colleville's rags to riches stallion Kendargent as Juddmonte's Lord Grimthorpe outbids Hugo Merry and Charlie Gordon-Watson among others for this sister to stakes winners Restiadargent and Restiana.
    She is the only yearling offered in Book 1 by her breeder Haras de Colleville, owned by Guy Parent, and further underlines the value of Restia, who was bought for just €10,000 through FIPS at the 2008 Arqana February Sale.
    "It's a new family, an outcross," said Lord Grimthorpe. "She's an absolutely lovely filly, exactly what we're looking for, so we're delighted to have got her."
    The unraced Restia has been married to Kendargent throughout her stud career; this filly is the sixth Kendargent foal out of the mare and a sister to Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte winner Restiadargent and Listed winner Restiana.
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  • Teddy Grimthorpe also had news of Seven Heavens ahead of his bid in Saturday's Dewhurst Stakes.
    "He's in very good form. He's progressed well from Goodwood and we're hopeful.
    "It was lovely to see a Frankel make 1,300,000gns earlier today and from the same breeder at Seven Heavens [Cheveley Park Stud]. The whole industry is getting a buzz from Frankel as are we - it's been a great pleasure to watch. 
    "The expectations were extremely high for him, as high as I can remember since Secretariat. So couldn't be more delighted with the way they've started - their actions, performances, everything. Lest we forget, however, that he's now got to go and sire one at the top level - lets hope its at the weekend! 
    "That is what people are paying for."
    Seven Heavens after selling as a yearling here last year
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  • Lot 392: b c Sea The Stars - Sabreon (Caerleon)
    Whatton Manor Stud brought just the one horse to this sale and are well rewarded when the colt in question makes 300,000gns to SackvilleDonald, an impressive mark up from the 32,000gns he cost as a foal.
    He is a half-brother to Listed winner Moneycantbuymelove and out of a half-sister to the ill-fated Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Landseer.
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  • Lot 301: b f Shamardal - Screen Star (Tobougg)
    Bidding wars between John Ferguson and Roger Varian remain a theme of this sale. While Ferguson has come out on top for each Dubawi in question, it is Varian who has the last say on this sister to Lumiere at 550,000gns.
    Fellow trainer Mark Johnston bred the filly out of Screen Star, a mare he bought from Darley for 52,000gns in 2013. Johnston knew Screen Star well, having sent her out to win her debut at Redcar in August 2007. She subsequently joined Godolphin and was never seen again.
    This filly, sold by Grove Stud, is the mare's sixth foal. She also has a two-year-old Exceed And Excel colt named X Rated, who has been placed for Johnston since the publication of the catalogue.
    Her purchase brings Varian's expenditure for the sale to 3,370,000gns.
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  • Lot 309: b f Galileo - Shastye (Danehill)
    Yearlings out of Shastye have been real stars of this sale in recent years, highlighted by the 3,600,000gns sale of Sir Isaac Newton to M V Magnier in 2013.
    Magnier was again keen to acquire her latest yearling, another by Galileo, but gave best to David Redvers at 1,350,000gns. Of course Redvers and Sheikh Fahad know this family well given that Qatar Racing campaigned her sister Secret Gesture in partnership with Newsells Park Stud. The daughter of Galileo looks set to be one of the highlights of the upcoming Keeneland November Sale, as Redvers explained:
    “We have her big sister, who’s going to the Keeneland sales in foal to War Front, so it’s nice to guarantee that we can keep some of the family. It couldn’t be a more alive family than it is. She was very similar to Secret Gesture, but a slightly bigger, stronger version.
    "We’re very excited to have her. I’ll discuss with Sheikh Fahad and his partners what the plan with her will be but it’s more than likely that she’ll go in the same direction as her sister.”
    Ralph Beckett trained Secret Gesture - a 250,000gns buyback at this sale in 2011 -  to win four races including the Middleton Stakes at York. She also finished first past the post in the Beverly D Stakes. 
    The sale means that progeny of Shastye have brought in 6,100,000gns for Newsells Park Stud since 2009. The stud paid 625,000gns for the mare, a Listed-placed half-sister to Sagamix and Sagacity, through John Warren at the 2005 Tattersalls December Sale.
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  • Lot 319: b f Medaglia d'Oro - Shumoos (Distorted Humor)
    Auctioneer Simon Kerins must have questioned what he was seeing when Hugo Merry threw in a bid of 400,000gns off a mark of 200,000gns for this homebred filly from Aislabie Stud. But such a ploy wasn't enough to deny the Californian-based Shawn Dugan, who fought off Merry up to 600,000gns.
    As is often the case at this sale, Dugan was acting on behalf of Al Shira'aa Farms. The Abu Dhabi-based operation has a small number of horses in training with Rod Collet, including the recent Listed fourth Liwa Palace, a fellow Book 1 graduate.
    The only yearling catalogued by her sire, an exceptionally good sire of fillies, she is the first foal out of Sirenia Stakes winner Shumoos. The Distorted Humor mare, who is related to Ishiguru, was also versatile enough to run second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint on dirt.
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  • Lot 328: b c Dubawi - So Silk (Rainbow Quest)
    A second good result of the day for Luca and Sara Cumani's Fittocks Stud as Roger Varian outbids John Ferguson, Charlie Gordon-Watson and Matt Houldsworth among others at 850,000gns for this son of Dubawi from Highclere Stud.
    As has often been the case this week, Varian was bidding on behalf of Dubawi's owner Sheikh Obaid.
    "We've given Dubawi plenty of support so it's nice to come home with one!" said Varian. "The horse was bought for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid. He's bought quite a few this week, he's very enthusiastic.
    "The mare's done it before, she's produced a stakes winner and it's a good, old fashioned pedigree. It's not easy to buy here as a lot of people like the same type of horses but we're happy with how the week's gone."
    The colt is a half-brother to the Cumani's Park Hill Stakes winner Silk Sari as well as the Listed-placed Fashion Fund. So Silk's Lawman filly was also big hit last year when sold for 450,000gns to Lordship Stud.
    Further back this is the great Gerald Leigh family of Gossamer and Barathea.
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  • Lot 330: b c Galileo - Sogno Verde (Green Desert)
    It's a brave call to pay €475,000 for a pinhook but the partnership associated with this colt - 'Hunday' - are well rewarded when he returns today from Ballyhimikin Stud to make 600,000gns. Obviously a strong and attractive individual, he has the page to back him up as a half-brother to Lilbourne Lad and the Listed-placed Bobbyscot.
    Another half-sibling, the placed Notte Illuminata, is set to be offered by Godolphin at this year's Tattersalls December Sale.
    Takashi Iiyama, sitting with champion Japanese trainer Yoshita Yahagi, signed the ticket on behalf of owner Kenji Ryotokuji.
    He is the first purchase made by the team this week but they were quite active at Goffs, where they bought three yearlings.
    "Mr Yahagi and I thought he was the standout of the sale," said Iiyama. "There are some lovely horses here and we have enjoyed the trip. 
    "He will go back to Japan in about a month once he's cleared quarantine and will be broken once back there. It's a very good pedigree and perhaps one day he can be a stallion."
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  • Lot 350: br c Society Rock - Strange Music (Diamond Green)
    Becomes the highest priced yearling by his sire when selling for 200,000gns to Armando Duarte and boosts his average to 145,000gns. These yearlings were bred off a €8,000 fee so that's some effort, especially as it currently sits ahead the likes of Dawn Approach and Al Kazeem.
    Out of the Listed-placed Strange Music, he hails from a family loaded with Danzig blood; his sire was inbred 3x4 to Danzig as is his dam, giving this colt 4x5x4x5 inbreeding to the stallion. 
    He was sold by Gortskagh House Stud, who bred him with Tally-Ho Stud.
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  • Lot 362: b c Oasis Dream - Swiss Diva (Pivotal)
    As expected, members of Lordship Stud's Swiss Lake family light up the ring for a few minutes.
    First up is this colt, the first foal out of Prix de Meautry winner Swiss Diva who sells for 475,000gns to John Ferguson. Swiss Diva is one of three stakes-winning sprinters out of Swiss Lake, whose own colt sold immediately after for 300,000gns to Shadwell Estates.
    He is a brother to Swiss Spirit, whose first crop of yearlings have been so well received so far this year, and a half-brother to Listed winner Swiss Storm as well as promising maiden winner Swiss Storm. Both lots were sold by Watership Down Stud.
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    AL KAZEEM: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of 123,333gns
    CAMELOT: 15 offered, 12 sold for an average of 151,667gns
    DAWN APPROACH: 11 offered, 8 sold for an average of 117,375gns
    DECLARATION OF WAR: 6 offered, 6 sold for an average of 199,167gns
    EPAULETTE: 1 sold for 55,000gns
    FARHH: 1 sold for 10,000gns
    INTELLO: 8 offered, 7 sold for an average of 219,386gns
    LETHAL FORCE: 2 offered, 1 sold for 70,000gns
    RECKLESS ABANDON: 1 sold for 22,000gns
    SOCIETY ROCK: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 145,000gns
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    WATERSHIP DOWN STUD: 10 sold for a total of 5,327,000gns
    NEWSELLS PARK STUD: 13 sold for a total of 4,727,000gns
    HIGHCLERE STUD: 19 sold for a total of 4,659,000gns
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    JOHN FERGUSON: 19 bought for a total of 11,230,000gns, average of 591,053gns
    MV MAGNIER/MAYFAIR/P & R DOYLE: 8 bought for a total of 4,560,000gns, average of 570,000gns
    ROGER VARIAN: 11 bought for a total of 4,220,000gns, average of 383,636gns
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    DUBAWI: 12 sold for an average of 867,917gns
    FRANKEL: 5 sold for an average of 635,000gns
    GALILEO: 12 sold for an average of 509,583gns
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    Offered: 164
    Sold: 131 (80%)
    Aggregate: 26,342,000gns (-8%)
    Average: 201,084gns (-12%)
    Median: 120,000gns (-8%)
    No. 1 million + lots: 5 (at comparable stage in 2015: 6)
    No. 500,000gns + lots: 28 (at comparable stage in 2015: 28)
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on last auction appearance + approx. expenses): 43 of 72
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