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Ferguson buys top lot at reinvigorated BBAG sale

THE BBAG yearling sale, Germany’s premier thoroughbred auction, enjoyed a change of fortunes on Friday, when the latest renewal recorded sizeable increases in turnover and average prices after several years in the doldrums.

Held in sweltering temperatures in Baden-Baden, the auction recorded turnover of €5,470,500, up 21 per cent on last year, and an average of €33,357, up 24 per cent. The median increased by eight per cent to €28,329 and the clearance rate was 70 per cent, compared with 61 per cent.

This year’s sale was restructured as part of a wider drive to reinvigorate the racing and sales programme at Baden Baden and it was held on one day sandwiched between racing at nearby Iffezheim racecourse – venue for yesterday’s Grosser Preisvon Baden – instead of the traditional two.

BBAG managing director Carola Ortlieb said: “This was a blinder of a sale for us! Our grand total increased by a €1 million for 50 horses fewer offered.”

Sheikh Mohammed’s principal bloodstock purchaser John Ferguson was active, buying four horses totalling €580,000, headed by the sale top lot, a €220,000 Teofilo colt out of Prix Robert Papin winner Boccassini. All of Ferguson’s purchases were by Darley sires past and present: Teofilo, Singspiel, Cape Cross and Dubawi.

Barry Irwin of Team Valor, whose Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is out of a German-bred mare bought at Baden-Baden, purchased three horses for €244,000.

John Ferguson

John Ferguson: bought top lot



A brother to the German Oaks and Grosser Preis Von Baden  winner Night Magic (Sholokhov) was sold for €200,000 to BBA Germany. The firm was acting for Stall Salzburg, owner of Night Magic, who is due to run in the Group 1 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden on Sunday.

"Never change  a winning team!", said Salzburg's Hans-Gerd Wernicke, indicating that the strong colt would go to Wolfgang Figge, Night Magic's trainer.

Earlier, leading owner Eckhard Sauren, president of the Cologne race club, bought successive six-figure lots. Sauren went to €100,000 for an Oasis Dream filly, who is going into training with Mario Hofer, before paying €190,000 for a High Chaparral colt - he is to be trained by Waldemar Hickst.

That €190,000 was matched by a Montjeu filly out of the Group 2 winner Avanti Polonia (Polish Precedent).  She was knocked down to Munich-based agent Barry Olsson acting on behalf of consignor Gestüt Ebbesloh, which was buying out the partners in the filly.

Colleague Tina Rau paid €105,000 for a Platini filly consigned by Thomas Gehrig.

"She is a lovely filly and is for a German client and goes into training in Germany," said Rau of the sister to Antara, the Godolphin-trained triple Group 3 winner and Nassau Stakes third.






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