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Half-sister to Battlecry tops quiet day at DBS

A four-year-old half-sister to Nigel Twiston-Davies' high-class chaser Battlecry will join Alan King after making £20,000 when topping trade at yesterday's first session of the Doncaster December Sale.

The Alflora filly, who had been bought by vendor Paul Bates for £37,000 at Cheltenham last year, was knockeddown yesterday to Nick Sarson, buying for Stephen and Louise Kemble who run The Elms Stud in Northamptonshire.

"She's for myself and Louise and we've bought her as a long-term broodmare prospect but she'll go into training with Alan King now," said Stephen Kemble, whose wife is also chief executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.

"I thought she was good value, her mother Miss Orchestra has black-type and she's a half-sister to Battlecry. Now could be a good time to buy a mare for the long-term like her."

Flat prospects accounted for most of yesterday's trade at the December Sale, moved to new dates this year, and Gay Kelleway was delighted to get Eastern Gift, a Kempton handicap winner for Richard Hannon last month, for £18,000.

"He's been bought for the King's Club syndicate and is themost expensive horse they've got," said Kelleway. "I saw him run the other day and I like buying from Richard Hannon, you know he's looked after them and this fellow doesn't have too many miles on the clock. He's been bought to run on the all-weather.

"I know a lot of people are struggling but things have actually never gone so well for me as at the moment. I've got 41 horses in my care although the yard can only take 34 horses, we also have an overflow facility."

Four-year-old Aegean Prince was another offered from Hannon's East Everleigh stable although he was bought in for £17,000 by owner Jack Panos. "I wanted a bit more for him than that and he's likely to go jumping now. He's schooled well and likes soft ground," said Panos, who races as Theobalds Stud.

A draft of fillies offered from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley breeding operation was spearheaded by the unraced Tifariti, who was sold for £11,500 after Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland prevailed in a duel with Jim Mitchell of Beechgrove Stud.

The Elusive Quality filly is a half-sister to the Flying Childers Stakes winner Land Of Dreams and a full-sibling to a £145,000 yearling colt who was bought by Dick O'Gorman at the Doncaster St Leger Sale in August.

"I've bought her for a stud in Ireland and she'll go there to be covered next year," said Donohoe. "She was a good-looking filly and the yearling was an absolute cracker. It's a great page and I thought she was very good value at that money. She'd have probably made a fair bit more last year."

It was not one of the liveliest day's trading seen at Doncaster this year with 96 lots changing hands for a total of £242,150 at a clearance rate of 52 per cent. The average was £2,522 and the median £1,000.

The sale, and Doncaster's year, finishes today with a session starting at10am.




Galileo £11,526,615
Dark Angel £3,698,431
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,697,844
Kodiac £2,224,685
Acclamation £2,088,768
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,301
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882