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Darley mare Polska tops Ascot sale

Ascot November Bloodstock Sale figures (£)
Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 164 126 86 163,870 1,905 1,000
2008 178 130 88 105,590 1,200 750

DARLEY returned from a five-year absenceselling at Ascot yesterday and brought easily the highest price thanks to the Danzig mare Polska, who changed hands for £30,000.
The 16-year-old is the dam of seven winners, including 2004 May Hill Stakes second Queen Of Poland, and grandam of multiple US Grade 2 winner and last season's Breeders' Cup Mile runner-up Whatsthescript.

Several faces not often seen at the Berkshire venue had been attracted by the Darley draft and bidding for Polska kicked off at £5,000. Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland came in at £10,000 and he fought often several rivals including Ed Sackville of Kern Lillingston and finally James McHale, whose father Chris jointly owns Whatsthescript's dam Grizel, to get the mare, who is in foal to Halling.

"She's been bought for Dermot Cantillon's Tinakill House Stud and the page is there for all to see. They don't make Danzig mares any more and she is a carrying a full-sister to Queen Of Poland. It just shows Brightwells are ableto sell these sort of horses as anyone," said Donohoe.

The BBA Ireland agent also bought Housa Dancer, dam of Saturday's Listed third Bushman, for Cantillon for £7,000.

"Bushman stays in training next year and the mare's three-year-old Cape Cross filly, Soho, runs at Saint-Cloud today [Wednesday] for Andre Fabre," added Donohoe.

Pat Phelan, buying for Epsom-based Ermyn Lodge Stud, picked up another of the draft in My Amalie, who realised £8,000. The six-year-old Galileo mare was a three-time winner for Saeed Manana and failed to get in foal when covered by Exceed And Excel in June.

Several lots were offered by Heart Of The South racing to dissolve their ownership syndicate and the pick of them was Kashmina, who fetched £9,000. John Penny, who runs the partnership, signed for her and she will continue racing from Sheena West's stable for many of her former owners.

The thoroughbred sale was followed by the dispersal of John Dunlop's show horses which included the Terimon mare Little Alice, who made £15,000.

Brightwells' final Ascot sale of 2009 takes place on Thursday, December 3, while the company holds a post-racing sale at Cheltenham next Friday.




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