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Brightwells breeze-up shelved after date clash

BRIGHTWELLS will not hold its Flat breeze-up sale at Ascot this year due to a clash of dates with a rival sale company.

The auction was a new addition to the Brightwells calendar last May and saw 35 of 52 horses offered sold, at an average price of £15,650. The £100,000 top lot was Sans Loi, subsequently a smart dual winner for Alan McCabe.

Brightwells head of bloodstock Matt Mitchell told the Racing Post on Tuesday: "The auction is dependant on there being racing at Ascot, but this year a change in the calendar means that the meeting on May 11-12 clashed withthe Arqana breeze-up sale at Saint-Cloud."

An earlier meeting at Ascot, on May 2, takes place on the eve of the Tattersalls Guineas breeze-up sale.

"People with horses can't be in two places at the same time so we decided to shelve it and have a look again next year," Mitchell added. "It's rather disappointing, but hopefully it's a short-term setback for a long-term benefit."

Facilities at the inaugural Brightwells Flat breeze-up at Ascot received acclaim from participants, with Sans Loi's purchaser Tom Malone saying: ""All of the vendors were happy with the ground that was produced by Ascot for the breeze, and most of them were happy with they way their horsesbreezed.

"The facility at Ascot will work and it's a sale that will catch on. The auction was in a lovely position. For a virgin sale it was definitely encouraging."




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