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Book 2 marathon ends with impressive turnover

THE FOURTH and final day of the Book 2 marathon at Tattersalls concluded last night with turnover of 31,039,000gns, making it the second highest-grossing yearling sale in Europe this year, following last week's Book 1.

A number of vendors and buyers questioned the addition of an extra day this week, which contributed to an inevitable rise in turnover. However, the clearance rate stood up well at 84 per cent, compared with 85 per cent in 2011 and the average was down only one per cent at 39,3990gns.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, which bought the 200,000gns Exceed And Excel top lot on Wednesday, topped the final session when its representative Mark Richards outbid Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock for an 180,000gns son of Sakhee's Secret.

"This horse just had all the right attributes," said Richards. "He looks an absolute athlete, but he also has a wonderful attitude and that's needed if a horse is going to acclimatise in Hong Kong.

"The cross has already proved successful and this horse looked like a ready-made, fast racehorse - and they cost money!"

Consigned by Mountain View Stud, the colt had been bought by Michael Fitzpatrick of JC Bloodstock with Doug Mahon for 39,000gns as a foal.

Earlier in the day Angus Gold went to 120,000gns to see off Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock for a Dutch Art offering bred by Cheveley Park Stud.

The February-born colt is out of a half-sister to the David O'Meara-trained dual Group 2 winner Penitent and comes from the family of useful hurdler Teaatral.

"He was a very sharp, racy individual and William Haggas was very keen on him," said Gold. "Some of this week's trade has been extraordinary for the sharp types, with horses you expect to make between 50,000 and 60,000gns realising one hundred thousand-plus. Today's trade has been phenomenally strong across the board."

John Ferguson, who signed for a colt by Bushranger at Goffs, parted with 110,000gns for another son of the sire yesterday.

Consigned by Tally-Ho Stud, the colt is a half-brother to three winners including this year's Listed-placed two-year-old All On Red.

Ferguson said: "He looked particularly quick and he should be an early type for next year."

Ross Doyle also parted with 110,000gns for a Kimninfoyle House Stud-consigned half-brother to the Group-placed juvenile Gweebarra, whose family includes Japanese champion Deep Impact.

"He was very sharp-looking and was a good walker," said Doyle. "He is by one of our favourite sires and should be an early two-year-old type. He will go into training with Richard Hannon."

The sale marked another successful pinhook for Michael Fitzpatrick, who had plucked the foal from the Tattersalls December Sale for 52,000gns.

Late on in the day John Ferguson snapped up a son of Acclamation, consigned by Peter and Michelle Morgan's Carmel Stud, for 100,000gns.

The colt is a brother to two winners, including the juvenile scorer Inniscastle Boy and descends from a family that includes the American Grade 2 hero Green Gambados.





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