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150,000gns duo head Book 2 opening day

AFTER a sensational three days trade at last week's Book 1 sale it  was inevitable that yesterday's Book 2 October Sale opener at Tattersalls would be a less glitzy affair. However, there were still several high points, with agents and trainers who failed to land a blow last week making amends.

The opening session's trade was headed by a pair of 150,000gns colts, the first of which was knocked down to Charlie Gordon-Watson.
Gordon-Watson had to see off John O'Byrne, brother of Demi, for the Corduff Stud-consigned colt, a full-brother to the 110-rated sprinter Bould Mover, who will carry the colours of the Derby-winning owner Saeed Suhail.

"It's a cross that works [Kyllachy over Danehill]," said Gordon-Watson. "He has been bought for Saeed Suhail, who had great success with both Arabian Gleam and Awinnersgame - they were both bred on the same cross.

"I'm not sure who will train him but he was a lovely horse and a real two-year-old type."

Gordon-Watson, who signed for six lots, also secured a Glenvale Stud-consigned son of Danehill Dancer, after seeing off strong competition from Cormac McCormac with a final bid of 125,000gns.
Bought as a foal for 100,000gns at Tattersalls December, the colt is out of a Sadler's Wells half-sister to the Group 1-placed performer Zarani Sidi Anna from the family of Prix de l'Abbaye hero Tangerine Trees.

"The horse will go into training with David Lanigan and has been bought for an old client of mine, for whom I haven't bought for a while - it's good to have him back," said Gordon-Watson. "I was very happy to get this horse. You can spend that sort of money on a yearling by a first-season sire, but he's by a proven sire, out of a Sadler's Wells mare so it made sense."

The second colt to reach the 150,000gns mark was a highly sought-after son of Exceed And Excel, with Peter Doyle eventually coming out on top to deny Amanda Skiffington for the Horse Park Stud offering.

The colt is out of an unraced half-sister to the multiple Group 3 winner Solo Mio and is a half-brother to Listed-placed performer Ominous.

"We've been working away and have got four today for Richard Hannon," said Peter Doyle, who ended last week as the buyer of 20 horses. "This horse has been bought for John Connolly. He's a great-moving colt with a bit of size, and the sire is very good."

A number of trainers struggled to make an impact last week but were out in force yesterday and Richard Fahey, standing with assistant trainer Robin O'Ryan, outbid Blandford Bloodstock's Stuart Boman at 135,000gns for a son of first-crop sire Myboycharlie.

Consigned by Broughton Bloodstock on behalf of Green Stone Stud, the colt is the fourth foal out of the winning sprinter Lauren Lousie. The mare has been a revelation at stud, producing the Listed-winning juvenile Bogart and this season's Gimcrack Stakes winner Blaine. The impressive-looking colt will run in the colours carried by this year's July Cup winner Mayson.

"He's for David Armstrong," said O'Ryan. "This is a very nice horse and we bid on the half-brother at the breeze-up sales. You are taking a chance on a first-season sire, but the mare has already done very well."




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