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200,000gns colt
Excels at Tattersalls

AN Exceed And Excel colt offered from Gay O'Callaghan's Yeomanstown Stud, responsible for Tuesday's session-topper, stole the show on the third day of the Book 2 sale at Tattersalls yesterday after selling to Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club for 200,000gns.

A 62,000gns foal purchase, the colt is a half-brother to Prime Defender, who beat the likes of Showcasing and Starspangledbanner in the Duke of York Stakes for Barry Hills in 2010.

"We've been patient this week, but this is a horse we wanted," said Richards. "The sire works well in Hong Kong, as he does around the world. I liked the horse's deep girth and his good front. He may need a little time but that's not a problem.

"I was a little concerned that the dam has only really produced Prime Defender, but it's all about the individual. If he catches up behind, then we'll be smiling. The family is all about speed, and that's what we are after."

It continued to be a highly profitable week for the Egan family's Corduff Stud who sold a son of Dubawi, out of a half-sister to Prix Niel winner Housamix, to John Ferguson for 170,000gns. Corduff paid just 47,000gns through Blandford Bloodstock for the colt in this ring last December.

Other highlights this week include a Kyllachy colt who was bought by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 150,000gns having cost 20,000gns as a foal.

"He was a lovely athletic horse," said Ferguson. "He comes from a great farm and he's one to look forward to for the early part of next summer."

Ferguson also fought off Al Doanld at 130,000gns for a Round Hill Stud-consigned son of Shamardal, who is out of the Dahlia Stakes scorer Beneventa.

Ronan Burns, son of Lodge Park Stud's Seamus, only had one lot catalogued this week under his Herbertstown House Stud banner, which made its selling debut at Tattersalls last week. That offering was a filly by Clodovil, whose pedigree has been significantly boosted recently thanks to the exploits of this season's Futurity Stakes winner First Cornerstone. Also a half-sister to the Listed-wining Buxted, the filly was eventually knocked down to Angus Gold, who outbid Charlie Gordon-Watson at 170,000gns.

"She is a filly with a pedigree, and Andy Oliver has done very well with the two-year-old," said Gold. "Sheikh Hamdan was keen to have her and she will hopefully be a lovely three-year-old."

Frank and Luke Barry's Manister House Stud also achieved a pinhooking coup when reselling a son of Myboycharlie, whom they had bought as a foal for 43,000gns, to Coolmore's MV Magnier for 160,000gns.

"He was a very special horse," said Luke Barry about the half-brother to the Listed-winning miler Choose Your Moment. "He looked like a racehorse and I hope he produces it on the racecourse for the people that bought him.

"There was a lot of action on him, so we were hopeful, but you never know what's going to happen until the hammer falls. We're delighted."

Magnier also signed at 140,000gns for a son of Acclamation offered from the Morrin family's Pier House Stud. The colt, a half-brother to the Italian winner Suelita, descends from a family that includes Godolphin's top-class stayer Opinion Poll.

"The lads all liked him and he was a great mover," said Magnier. "We're not sure where the yearlings we've bought we'll go, but we'll get them home and make a decision."

Australia's champion sire Fastnet Rock had seven lots catalogued this week and Mags O'Toole, standing with trainer Charles O'Brien, parted with 130,000gns for a daughter of the sire consigned by Ballyhampshire Stud.

The filly is a half-sister to Venturi, a Group 3-winning juvenile for David Wachman.

 

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