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Figures fall after tough trade at Ascot sale

Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2010 209 164 107 131,870 1,232 780
2009 175 136 123 174,950 1,286 1,250

A DIFFICULT day's trade at the Brightwells Ascot October Sale yesterday saw the aggregate fall by almost 25 per cent from 12 months ago, down to £131,870 from £174,950.

The average slid marginally to £1,232 from £1,286 in 2009, but the median experienced a more marked 37 per cent drop to £780, as only 109 of the 164 offered lots found a buyer.

The 17-year-old Daisy Hitchins, whose family's colours have been carried with success via the likes of Golden Freeze, Tagula, Princeful and Toby Tobias, bought one of the day's standouts.

Hicthins' mother Katrina, owner of Tall Trees Stud, successfully bid £5,000 for the winning hurdler Swiss Art, offered from Alison Thorpe's yard. A dual winner at Newton Abbot in August, the gelding also boasts six wins on the Flat on Southwell's Fibresand.

"Swiss Art looked to be the best horse in the sale," commented Daisy Hitchins, who works for trainer Pat Rodford. "He has got good form and we will possibly give him a couple of runs and then turn him out for a while. He is only four so we will get him home and see what he is like as a horse.

"We will probably put him into training with Mr Rodford and keep him hurdling. He has had a few runs over hurdles and has shown a nice level of form."

Banbury-based Sue Wilson bought the day's top lot when going to £10,500 to secure outright ownership of Smuggler's Run. Wilson had previously owned a share in the nine-year-old Sadldlers' Hall gelding, a three-time point-to-point winner.




King's Theatre £947,392
Presenting £887,432
Oscar £771,633
Beneficial £757,104
Milan £707,790
Westerner £558,887
Flemensfirth £500,575
Kayf Tara £464,883
Stowaway £400,620
Midnight Legend £391,209