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Bahamian Bounty filly heads Festival finale

A BAHAMIAN BOUNTY filly consigned by Throckmorton Court Stud was the highlight on the second and final day of the DBS St Leger Festival Sale on Friday night. 

She was sold to Peter Swann of Danethorpe Racing , who was standing with agent Matt Coleman, for £34,000.

The filly was consigned on behalf of her breeder Fiona Williams, who was over joyed with the result.

"We're delighted with that price. She has a nice page, so we were very hopeful that she would sell well and I'm happy she's going to such a good trainer," she said.

The February-born filly is the first foal out of the 102 rated performer Terentia, a half-sister to the dual Listed winner Cartimandua.

"She was the best horse in the sale - a great physical specimen," said Coleman. "She has a very fast pedigree and I hope she translates that on to the racecourse. She should be an early type and I hope she gives the owners lots of fun."

Progeny by the Tweenhills Stud-based sire Sleeping Indian have been in the spotlight this year thanks, party, to the exploits of the high-class juvenile Hototo, who was bought at the corresponding sale last year by Stephen Hillen for £22,000, and a filly by the sire proved popular when selling to Roger Marley for £26,000.

Marley, who was acting on behalf of Hillen and Hototo's trainer Kevin Ryan, had to see off a persistent Guy Stephenson for the filly, who is the first-foal out of the eight-time winning Desert Style mare Confidentiality.

"She has been bought for Kevin Ryan," said Marley. "Stephen Hillen would have normally done the bidding but is in America. The three of us thought that she was the best filly in the sale and we were glad to get her."

Earlier in the evening, a son of Holy Roman Emperor from the family Saint Baudolino, a Group 3 winner in France this year, was knocked down to Marley for £21,000.

Trainer Henry Candy was restocking his ranks for next season and captured a Three Valley's filly, consigned by David Powell's Catridge Farm Stud, for £16,000.

The March-born filly is out of the multiple-winning Reprimand mare Swynford Pleasure, who is a sister to the high-class performers Suggestive and Rashbag.

"I have bought her on spec," said Candy. "She's an incredibly attractive filly, with a decent page and I fell in love with her when I saw her at David's in the summer."

This year's sale saw turnover increase by nearly nine per cent to £823,300, however the number of horses offered rose by 30 per cent. The clearance rate was 61 per cent and the general consensus among vendors was that a horse needed to tick all the right boxes if it was going to sell well. The average was £9,046, a decrease of nine per cent and the median was down 12 per cent at £7,000.

 

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