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Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser John Ferguson

Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser John Ferguson

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Ferguson: Keeneland a sign ofgrowing realism

JOHN FERGUSON continued his buying spree of Bernardini yearlings on the fourth day of Keeneland's September Sale, while highlighting the "realistic" approach of vendors.

"Like every sale this year, good horses are selling," Ferguson said after securing a$625,000 son of a Bernardini, one of eight by the Darley sire he has bought this year.

"The one thing I have noticed at this sale is that consignors are being very realistic. Actually getting the horses sold is coming first and then if they can hit a home run, then great."

The $625,000 purchase is   is a half-brother to Grade 2 winners Keyed Entry and Justin Phillip and was  consigned by Valkyre Stud, who hit a home run on Tuesday when selling another Bernardini for $1.2 million.

"Well, I know about the stallion!" said John Ferguson in a reference to the statement Demi O'Byrne made ("I don't know much about the stallion") following his $875,000 purchase of a Bernardini colt on the first night.

"People outside the business sometimes don't appreciate the work that goes into producing horses like this for sale,"  he added. "I'm delighted for Catherine Parke (of Valkyre Stud). She brought two lovely yearlings to the auction, both with great pedigrees, and has been rewarded.

"The mare has done it every time - she's rock solid."

The colt is the eighth Bernardini yearling purchased by Darley this year.  Between them, they have cost $5.47 million and include the $1.2 million Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale-topper, a half-brother to Havre De Grace.




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