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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 - Day Two - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action from day two of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

    Yesterday's trade was on the whole strong, as illustrated by rises across-the-board (although it's worth remembering that last year's opening session was the weakest of the three days). Some vendors have described it as patchy and selective but that has been the case throughout the year - send through a yearling by a cold sire and you have to work to get bids.

    As far as Frankel was concerned, it was not a vintage day in the ring. However, there should be plenty to look forward to with him today, notably through the Frankel - Model Queen colt, who sells late tonight.

    "He's a bit special," says vendor Carolyn Warren of Highclere Stud. "He looks like he'll be a two-year-old but with the scope to go on. The mare rarely misses - she's done it with all levels of stallion."

    Today's Frankel action kicks off with Newsells Park Stud's homebred filly out of Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes heroine Dynaforce (174). A strong filly, she resembles a nice mix of Frankel and her damsire Dynaformer.

    Lot 339: b c Frankel - Model Queen. Pic: Tattersalls 

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    One early highlight should be Yeomanstown Stud's sister to Mecca's Angel and Markaz. Both boast updates to the page - Mecca's Angel of course won the Nunthorpe Stakes last month while Markaz has run second in the Park Stakes. The pair are the only two foals of racing age out of Folga, a Listed-placed sprinter by Atraf. 

    Mecca's Angel's sister, who sells as lot 204. Pic: Rolline O'Callaghan 

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    The sister to Mecca's Angel isn't the only filly that should light up the ring today.

    Camas Park Stud sends through a sister to recent Secretariat Stakes winner Highland Reel (237). Her brother maiden 750,000gns here last year.

    Lot 237: sister to Highland Reel 

    Kildaragh Stud sends through a Mastercraftsman half-sister to G Force and Louvain (202). She is out of their wonderful mare Flanders, who boasts a record of ten winners from ten runners.

    Lot 202: Mastercraftsman - Flanders

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    Among the other interesting colts is this brother to Al Kazeem - regarding his colour/markings, it would seem The Minstrel, sire of his granddam Kanz, has made his presence felt. The first yearling to come on the market out of Kazeem since 2010, he sells from Oakgrove Stud as lot 264.

    Lot 264: brother to Al Kazeem 

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    Top billing, however, could well go to lot 304. Described by one major buyer as 'the best yearling filly he'd seen for 15 years', she is a Dubawi filly out of Loveisallyouneed, a sister to Yesterday and Quarter Moon. It is an excellent filly family - only this year, it has thrown up Diamondsandrubies and How High The Moon.

    Lot 304 was bred by Newsells Park Stud.

    Lot 304: Pic: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 174: b f Frankel - Dynaforce (Dynaformer)

    Al Shaqab Racing adds another Frankel to its armoury with the purchase of this filly from Newsells Park Stud for 450,000gns through Charlie Gordon-Watson.

    "She's a beautiful filly out of a good mare - her two-year-old in France looks a good horse," said Gordon-Watson, " and from excellent breeders in Newsells Park. 

    "She's for Al Shaqab and is the sort of horse they should be buying."

    On the Frankel yearlings, Gordon-Watson added: "Some I like, some I don't. They're not all a type."

    She is the third foal out of the Flower Bowl Invitational and Beverly D Stakes winner Dynaforce. Her first foal, Lady Dyna, is a winner while her second, Dynadin, who sold for 325,000gns here last year, was fourth on her first run recently at Longchamp for Andre Fabre.

    Although bred and sold by Newsells Park, this is an excellent American family associated with Dr John Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm. Dynaforce is one of no fewer than eight stakes runners out of Aletta Maria - they also include Grade 1 winner Cetewayo and Grade 2 winner Bowman Mill.

    "She's a lovely filly, a proper page and a proper horse," said Julian Dollar, general manager of Newsells Park Stud. "She looks very racey and has been very professional, very easy to deal with. Some horses come to the sales and love it, some can't cope, but she's thrived and showed herself very well."

    Lot 174: b f Frankel - Dynaforce. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 202: gr f Mastercraftsman - Flanders (Common Grounds)

    Hugo Lascelles goes to 300,000gns for this half-sister to Group 1-winning sprinter G Force from Kildaragh Stud.

    Flanders, who was ridden by the late Lindsay Charnock to win the 1999 Scarborough Stakes, has been a grand servant for connections since changing hands privately at the end of her racing career. From ten runners, she has foaled ten winners; G Force is the best but they also include Grade 3 winner Louvain, herself dam of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Flotilla, and Listed winner Laajooj.

    The only one of her foals not to run to date is her Dream Ahead two-year-old, who sold for 400,000gns to Kern/Lillingston Association here last year.
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    Lot 203: b c Dubawi - Flawly (Old Vic)

    Another good result for Newsells Park Stud as Armando Duarte signs at 725,000gns for their Dubawi colt out of Flawly. 

    "It was a big price but for a lovely horse by the sire of the moment," said Duarte. "He was everything we wanted, so I think he was fair value.

    "He's for a client of Roger Varian's, so he's going to a good trainer and is sure to do well."

    Flawly was Grade 1-placed herself and has become an excellent producer for Newsells as the dam of Group 3 winners February Sun and Best Name. Another foal, Heirloom, is a Listed winner.

    This is also the family of fellow Newsells resident Date With Destiny, dam of the exciting Beautiful Morning.

    "She's been a great mare for Newsells, one of the original mares bought in the early 2000s, and she's been one of our most successful - a great servant to us," says Julian Dollar, general manager of Newsells Park Stud.

    "We all know how wonderful Dubawi is, and the colt more than made his money."

    Armando Duarte: signed at 725,000gns for lot 203. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 204: b f Dark Angel - Folga (Atraf)

    Mecca's Angel's sister will join the burgeoning training operation of Fawzi Nass at Aislabie Stud near Woodditton, Newmarket, after selling to Oliver St Lawrence for 825,000gns. The Californian-based Shawn Dugan tried hard to secure the filly as did Angus Gold, who signed for her brother Markaz two years ago. Teddy Beckett came in late on with a bid of 800,000gns but had no answer to St Lawrence and Nass, also the purchasers of a €1.05 million Galileo filly at Goffs last week.

    As with that filly, lot 204 will be trained by George Peckham. Peckham expects to have a string of around 20 to 25 horses for 2016.

    "Just a really nice filly who looked just like she should do on paper - a real strong, sprinting type," said St. Lawrence. "We're increasing the quality of the operation, particularly with the fillies.

    "We stood in the same spot [on the back wall] when we bought Krypton Factor so let's hope she's just as lucky!"

    Nass added: "Dark Angel is a very good stallion but it's the page, particularly her full-sister, that makes her so appealing."

    The filly was bred by vendor Yeomanstown Stud and DOC Bloodstock out of Folga, a tough six-time winning sprinter who was Listed-placed. Her first foal, Mecca's Angel, has won eight races to date, including the Nunthorpe Stakes, while her second is Markaz, a £200,000 yearling purchase by Shadwell who won this year's Criterion Stakes. He was also recently second in the Park Stakes at Doncaster.

    They are the only two runners out of Folga, who was picked up through Five Star International for 33,000gns at the 2007 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale. 

    Lot 204 becomes by far the most expensive Dark Angel to ever sell at auction. His sale average is currently running at 333,000gns for five sold.
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    Lot 217: b c Showcasing - Gilt Linked (Compton Place)

    Becomes the most expensive Showcasing ever sold when knocked down to Angus Gold of Shadwell Estates for 330,000gns. Charlie Gordon-Watson and Ross Doyle were among the underbidders.

    He turns a major profit for connections, having cost Jim McCartan of MC Bloodstock 120,000gns at last year's Tattersalls December Sale. He was sold today by Paul McCartan's Ballyphilip Stud.

    Incidentally, the previous most expensive Showcasing, a colt who realised 240,000gns at this year's Craven Sale, was sold by Jim McCartan's Gaybrook Lodge. 

    This particular colt was bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud out of Gilt Linked, a half-sister to the classy Hughie Morrison pair Pastoral Player and Chil The Kite. He is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Lincoln.

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    Lot 230: b c Frankel - Heaven Sent (Pivotal)

    Juddmonte delve into the Frankel market, going to 620,000gns for this colt who bears a real resemblance to his sire - right down to his markings. Angus Gold of Shadwell was the underbidder on the youngster, bred and sold by Cheveley Park Stud.

    A really strong colt despite owning a May 21 birthday, he is the fourth foal out of two-time Dahlia Stakes winners Heaven Sent, herself a sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Megahertz. Heaven Sent's first foal is the 81-rated winner Firmament while her second is a Dalakhani two-year-old gelding, You're Hired.

    "Obviously we're incredibly excited by Frankel and we've got some beauties on the farm," said Teddy Beckett. "This colt is very like Frankel. He looks a speedy guy and comes from a great hotel."

    A decision as to who will train him will be made at a later date.

    He's such a bonny horse," said Chris Richardson of Cheveley Park Stud. "He was a late-ish foal so I was a little worried the sale might come a bit quick. He has a lot of the characteristics of the stallion, a wonderful temperament and lovely balance. We're delighted."

    Photo: Tattersalls 

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 237: b f Galileo - Hveger (Danehill)

    This sister to Highland Reel is the latest high-profile acquisition for the South African-based Mayfair Speculators. The operation bought five horses yesterday, including a Shamardal colt with the China Horse Club, and boost their expenditure to 2,205,000gns with the purchase of this filly.

    This isn't the first time that progeny of Hveger, who ran third in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks in her native Australia, have lit up this ring; Highland Reel sold for 460,000gns to John Warren, last year's offering Idaho made 750,000gns while another Galileo colt realised 450,000gns in 2012.

    This is an excellent Australian family; second dam bred champions Elvstroem and Haradasun while Starspangledbanner appears under the third dam.

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    Lot 254: b c Oasis Dream - Izzi Top (Pivotal)

    One of the most anticipated lots of the day, the first foal out of Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Izzi Top, lives up to its billing as John Ferguson sees off Charlie Gordon-Watson at 1,100,000gns.

    "It's very unusual to have a yearling who is the first foal out of a Group 1 winner, who is also out of a Group 1 winner [Zee Zee Top] and who is again out of a Group 1 winner [Colorspin]," said Ferguson. "I can't remember the last time I saw that.

    "That kind of pedigree gives you an outstanding chance of a serious racehorse and if you strike lucky, how valuable does he become as a stallion?

    "It's a famous Meon Valley family that everyone knows well. We've had a few very good horses from it - Kayf Tara, Opera House and Stagecraft."

    This is indeed Meon Valley's most famous family. He descends from Reprocolor via her Irish Oaks-winning daughter Colorspin, dam of the aforementioned Opera House and Kayf Tara. Both were excellent older horses for Sheikh Mohammed - Opera House landed the Eclipse Stakes, Coronation Cup and King George during a productive five-year-old season in 1993 before embarking on a successful stallion career in Japan while Kayf Tara was a champion stayer who has developed into a leading jumps sire.

    Second dam Zee Zee top won the Prix de l'Opera and is also the dam of Jazzi Top, who has enhanced the family further since the publication of the catalogue by winning the Prix de la Nonette. She also came close to emulating her dam in Sunday's Prix de l'Opera.

    "It's a fantastic result, I'm absolutely delighted," said Mark Weinfeld of Meon Valley Stud. "He's a smashing horse, but million guinea horses are few and far between, so it's lovely to have one.

    "The cross works well, the whole family works very well with the Green Desert line.

    "Izzi Top has a cracking Dansili colt and is in foal to Dubawi."

    Lot 254: b c Oasis Dream - Izzi Top. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 255: ch c Galileo - Jacqueline Quest (Rock Of Gibraltar)

    The dust had barely settled on the sale of lot 254 before his mark was surpassed by this colt, yet another great result for breeder Triermore Stud and vendor New England Stud.

    The China Horse Club and Qatar Racing combined forces to see off Coolmore at 1,200,000gns for the colt, who is the second foal out of the 2010 1,000 Guineas first-past-the-post Jacqueline Quest. 

    The China Horse Club and Qatar Racing memorably partnered last year at 4,500,000gns on Just The Judge and also own a two-year-old together in France.

    "We have a great relationship with Sheikh Fahad and David Redvers, and with this colt, it was a meeting of minds - we had similar views on him," said Wallace. "1,200,000gns is a lot of money and an element of risk comes with that but he's an exceptional horse and ultimately we're trying to secure stallions for the future. So this is a way of sharing the risk but also the enjoyment."

    Jacqueline Quest, who lost the 1,000 Guineas to Special Duty in the stewards room, was bought by Christopher Hanbury's Triermore Stud for 600,000gns through Charlie Gordon-Watson at the 2011 Tattersalls December Sale. Her first foal, two-year-old Hibiscus, sold for 625,000gns to MV Magnier here last year.

    He is the third seven-figure Galileo yearling within the past week for Triermore Stud following a colt out of Sent From Heaven, who sold for €1.2 million to the partnership of Qatar Racing and Steve Parkin at Goffs, and yesterday 1,300,000gns filly out of AZ Warrior. New England also yesterday sold a Galileo colt out of Crystal Valkyrie on behalf of the stud for 600,000gns.

    Lot 255: ch c Galileo - Jacqueline Quest. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Michael Wallace on the market:

    I felt the American market was fair without being very strong. Goffs was strong and yesterday seemed very strong - the figures backed that up.

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    Lot 264: ch c Dubawi - Kazeem (Darshaan)

    Brother to Al Kazeem, a particularly flashy youngster, leaves the ring unsold at 485,000gns.
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    Book 1: at the halfway stage, today's 203,903gns average is down 13% compared to day two in 2014, and the 112,500gns median down 25%
    Lot 267: b c Nathaniel - Kinnaird (Dr Devious)

    Another good result for Nathaniel as Charlie Gordon-Watson goes to 525,000gns for this half-brother to Royal Lodge Stakes winner Berkshire. Bred and sold by Newsells Park Stud, he is a member of a particularly active family - half-brother Abdon looked exciting when winning his debut at Newbury in the summer while half-sister Keenes Royale is the dam of Ivawood.

    He boosts Nathaniel's average to 285,000gns for five sold. The quintet also includes a colt that sold yesterday for 675,000gns.

    "He's going very well," says Julian Dollar of Newsells Park Stud. "Everyone has been very positive and they're very athletic individuals."

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    Lot 286: b f Galileo - Landmark (Arch)

    Becomes the latest high-priced yearling for Croom House Stud out of Landmark when selling for 500,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson. Gordon-Watson also bought the filly's brother, Listed winner Cameron Highland, for 310,000gns at this sale in 2010.

    Landmark joined Croom House when purchased for $170,000 at the 2006 Keeneland January Sale. A sister to Grade 1 winner Arrival, she is also the dam of Ribblesdale Stakes runner-up Field Of Miracles and minor winner Supposing, who cost 525,000gns here in 2012.

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 290: ch f Street Cry - Lay Time (Galileo)

    John Clarke signs at 520,000gns on behalf of the Tsui family's Sunderland Holding Inc for this Street Cry filly, who is the first foal out of Winter Hill Stakes heroine Lay Time.

    Sold by Jamie Railton, the filly was bred by the Barnett family and is a member of their famous Time Charter family.
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    Lot 293: b f Galileo - Like A Dame (Danehill)

    Auctioneer Alastair Pim asked for an opening bid of 1,000,000gns for this filly and although he had to drop significantly to get trade going, his wish is eventually granted as she sells for exactly that to MV Magnier.

    Hugo Lascelles was the underbidder - it was in this ring last year that Lascelles paid 1,800,000gns for her Group 3-winning half-sister Ladys First.

    The filly, bred by Paget Bloodstock and sold by Clare Castle Stud, is also a sister to two-year-old Dewdrop, who has been placed this year for Aidan O'Brien.

    "Aidan still thinks a bit of Dewdrop," said Magnier. "This filly has a lot of quality and obviously it's the Galileo - Danehill cross. It doesn't matter with Galileo whether they're two-year-olds or older horses, colts or fillies, whether it's good or soft ground -  he's still successful."

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 297: b f Invincible Spirit - Liscune (King's Best)

    Another major pinhooking coup for Camas Park Stud as their sister to the Listed winner Ektihaam sells to John Magnier for 700,000gns - she cost Timmy Hyde's operation 90,000gns in this ring last year.

    She is also a sister to dual winner Laftah while her winning dam is from the further family of Bosra Sham and Lammtarra.
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    Lot 304: b f Dubawi - Loveisallyouneed (Sadler's Wells)

    This filly from Newsells Park Stud was widely regarded as the queen of the sale - one agent went as far as to say she was the best yearling filly he'd seen for 15 years - and she duly lives up to expectations, selling for 2,100,000gns to John Magnier on behalf Primus Advertising boss Richard Henry. 

    Auctioneer Edmond Mahony opened proceedings at 200,000gns, after which Saleh Al Homaizi was among those to show their hand. He walked out at 1,500,000gns, allowing for a duel to develop between John Magnier and John Ferguson, who cried enough at 2,000,000gns.

    She is the highest priced yearling sold in the world this year.

    Of course, there is no one who knows this particular branch of the Alruccaba family better than Henry. She is the second living foal out of Loveisallyouneed, bred by Henry's Premier Bloodstock out of his wonderful mare Jude. She was a 92,000gns purchase in this ring in 1997 and later bred Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Yesterday, champion Irish two-year-old Quarter Moon and the stakes-placed All My Loving, Betterbetterbetter, Hold Me Love Me and Magicalmysterytour, all of whom are full siblings to Loveisallyouneed.

    Only this year, the family has flourished again. Quarter Moon is the dam of Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Diamondsandrubies - who was retired following her run in the Prix de l'Opera - and the highly promising How High The Moon. Only on Friday it produced another stakes filly when Pin Up ran third in the Noel Murless Stakes at Royal Ascot.

    "I think Richard must have been overcome with emotion," said MV Magnier. "Richard basically invented this family - it's been fantastic, a very lucky family. This filly is lovely filly, a great mover with a lot of quality."

    Richard Henry, sporting an apt 'Ruler Of The World' cap, added:
    "We sold Loveisallyouneed to Newsells in 2010 shortly before Jude passed away, but obviously it’s a family we have been very lucky with. There are 12 Group winners on the page, seven at Group 1 level and we were fortunate enough to race three of them.

    "Yesterday is in foal to red-hot first season sire Zoffany and Quarter Moon has produced two high class fillies by Fastnet Rock in Group 1 winner Diamondsandrubies and classic prospect for next season How High The Moon. Hopefully this filly might be as good as them!"

    This family hit the headlines at last month's Keeneland September Sale when Shadwell went to $1.45 million for the first foal out of Betterbetterbetter, a filly by War Front. The next chance to buy into it could come at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale where a sister to Yesterday and Quarter Moon, Ruby Tuesday, has been catalogued in foal to War Front.

    Her sale means that Newsells Park Stud heads into the final day as the dominant leading vendor.

    "We were underbidders on Loveisallyouneed's half-sister Song when she sold here to Paul Makin," said Julian Dollar. "At the time, Richard didn't think that there would be many more opportunities to buy out of the family but he rang me in the spring about Loveisallyouneed, who had been injured in training.

    "I went over to see her and it took me about a second to decide to buy her - she's a beautiful mare. We bred her to Dansili - it was the obvious cross - and sold that filly. Then she had a lovely Oasis Dream that unfortunately died. She has a colt foal by Dansili and is back in foal to Dubawi.

    "This crop are the best foals we've produced. Gerry [Meehan] and the team have done a great job - Gerry is a real professional, a perfectionist

    Lot 304: the highest priced yearling sold in the world this year. Photo: Tattersalls 

    And with Newsells yearling manager Gerry Meehan. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 339: b c Frankel - Model Queen (Kingmambo)

    "This is obviously the reason you've all walked in," said auctioneer John O'Kelly as this colt, a half-brother to Regal Parade and Entifaadha from Highclere Stud, strode into the ring. Ibrahim Araci and John Ferguson were among those who made a play for the colt but it was Michael Wallace, acting on behalf of the China Horse Club, who got the final say at 670,000gns.

    "We had a good look at all of the Frankels, and we felt that this colt was a stand out," said Michael Wallace. "I saw him as a foal and was pleased to see his progression as a yearling."

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    BATED BREATH: 1 sold for 230,000gns

    BORN TO SEA: 3 offered, 1 sold for 80,000gns

    CASAMENTO: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 175,000gns

    EXCELEBRATION: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of 195,000gns

    FAME AND GLORY: 1 sold for 65,000gns

    FOXWEDGE: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 62,500gns

    FRANKEL: 10 offered, 7 sold for an average of 438,751gns

    HARBOUR WATCH: 1 sold for 45,000gns

    HELMET: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of 110,500gns

    MAYSON: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 96,500gns

    NATHANIEL: 10 offered, 7 sold for an average of 222,857gns

    POWER: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 102,500gns

    SEPOY: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of 138,333gns

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 66,000gns

    SO YOU THINK: 1 sold for 100,000gns

    Excelebration was responsible for this colt, lot 283, who sold for 475,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    TOP THREE SIRES (by average, more than one sold)

    DUBAWI: 12 offered, 10 sold for an average of 658,500gns

    GALILEO: 15 offered, 14 sold for an average of 589,643gns

    FRANKEL: 10 offered, 7 sold for an average of 438,751gns
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    TOP VENDORS (overall)

    NEWSELLS PARK STUD: 12 sold for a total of 6,155,000gns

    HIGHCLERE STUD: 18 sold for a total of 5,840,000gns

    NEW ENGLAND STUD: 7 sold for a total of 4,265,000gns
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    TOP BUYERS (overall)

    MV MAGNIER: 10 bought for a total of 8,885,000gns

    JOHN FERGUSON: 16 bought for a total of 5,905,000gns

    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: 11 bought for a total of 4,320,000gns

    Leading buyer MV Magnier. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Offered: 154

    Sold: 125 (81%)

    Aggregate: 28,690,500gns (-1%)

    Average: 229,524gns (-2%)

    Median: 130,000gns (-13%)

    No. seven-figure lots: 4

    No. 500,000gns+ lots: 13

    No. successful pinhooks: 25 of 35


    304) b f Dubawi - Loveisallyouneed (Sadler's Wells), sold by Newsells Park Stud to MV Magnier for 2,100,000gns

    255) ch c Galileo - Jacqueline Quest (Rock Of Gibraltar), sold by New England Stud to China Horse Club and David Redvers for 1,200,000gns

    254) b c Oasis Dream - Izzi Top (Pivotal), sold by Meon Valley Stud to John Ferguson for 1,100,000gns

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