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Median rises at
Ascot October Sale

ASCOT OCTOBER YEARLING SALE FIGURES (£)
Year Cat. Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 175 136 123 174,950 1,286 1,250
2008 240 196 164 237,210 1,438 800


NOT even Middle Eastern investment could invigorate today's lacklustre Ascot October Sale, but bloodstock agent Angela Colledge was happy to take advantage of the lethargic market to pick up six lots on behalf of a Qatar-based buyer.

The agent's pick was Gasat, a multiple winner in Italy, whose dam is an unraced daughter of the champion mare Pebbles. The eight-year-old Marju entire landed a modest Lingfield seller forAndy Haynes in March, but Colledge believes his long-term future could lie at a Qatari stud.

"I am acting as agent to an undisclosed buyer from Qatar," said Colledge, who signed the docket for £4,000. "We think Gasat is a nice horse who will be able to perform well out there and I was actually prepared to pay more for him.

"He is a looker too and that, combined with the fact that he has a nice pedigree, means that they might even use him as a stallion in Qatar.

"We have bought six lots today to run out there and have got them very cheaply considering they are winners. They will ship fairly soon."

A Haon A Do, runner-up in a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las on Sunday, is heading to Somerset as the sale's top lot after Bridgewater trainer Laura Young went to £8,000 for the seven-year-old, offered from Phillip Rothwell's Fairwood Stables in Ireland.

Former jump jockey Tom Malone is keeping busy in his new role as a bloodstock agent and it was he who selected the Taipan mare out of Ireland for her new trainer, who has a string of about a dozen horses.

"She will be syndicated and aimed at mares' races," revealed Young. "She looks a nice type and the form is there, so hopefully she can continue in that vein and run well in this country.

"She ran on Sunday so is ready to go but we will probably give her a month to settle in and then see how she gets on."

The aggregate of £174,950 was below last year's Ascot October sale when 60 more lots passed throughthe ring, although the £1,286 average was only slightly down, while the median of £1,250 was a bright positive when compared with the 2008 figure of £800.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
Galileo £10,649,102
Dark Angel £3,012,277
Dubawi £2,934,398
Kodiac £2,222,880
Acclamation £2,088,768
Frankel £1,960,614
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Sea The Stars £1,873,321
Iffraaj £1,752,926
Invincible Spirit £1,694,010