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Hip 116 - Distant Humour colt

Lot 116, a Distorted Humor grandson of Miesque, sold for $2,050,000

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$2.05m colt tops strong day at Keeneland

THE second session of the Keeneland September Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, picked up where it left off on Monday evening with another seven-figure yearling and a 32 per cent rise in average despite muted participation from either the Darley or Coolmore teams.

Both are traditional big-hitters at this sale - last year John Ferguson spent $13.98 million on 34 yearlings and Demi O'Byrne secured five for $2.98 million - but Monday saw the Coolmore team fail to make a single purchase while Ferguson bought just one, a $200,000 son of Street Cry.

As on Sunday, Maktoum involvement was instead led by Sheikh Hamdan as the purchaser of six yearlings for $2.225 million. With 12 yearlings bought during Book 1 for a total of $5.11 million, his Shadwell Estates ended the book as leading buyer by gross.

Fledgling operation Flag Stable # 2 walked away withthe sole million dollar lot of the night when seeing off all challengers for a Distorted Humor grandson of Miesque at $2.05 million.

Consigned by Lane's End on behalf of his breeder Flaxman Holdings Ltd, the colt is out of Angel's Nest, an unraced Storm Cat half-sister to Kingmambo and East Of The Moon.

Agent Mike Ryan, flanked by Bill Farish, bid on behalf of Flag Stable # 2, which is operated by an undisclosed overseas client and aims to race top quality stock. Ryan was unable to comment whether the colt would remain in the US or be trained abroad.

"We expected to pay about that," said Ryan. "He was the complete package - a well grown, exceptional individual. The pedigree speaksfor itself and if he can run, then as far as his stallion potential is concerned, the sky is the limit."




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