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Buybacks and unsold lots mar BBAG opener

TRADE during yesterday's first session of the BBAG yearling sale reflected the weather over Baden Baden: mostly damp, with only a few bright spells.

Five of the first six lots offered in the arena failed to reach their reserves, and that set the tone for the evening, which also saw its fair share of vendor buybacks.

Newsells Park Stud's son of Monsun out of the Group 2-placed mare Denice, consigned by Gestüt Fährhof and eligible for the Newsells Golden Bonus, reached the highest price of the night - €70,000, but it was his vendor who had the winning bid.

A similar fate befell Gestüt Park Wiedingen's daughter of Dansili out of a half-sister to German Oaks winner Flamingo Road and to the dams of this year's Group 2 scorer Flamingo Fantasy and Irish Derby hero Frozen Fire, who was not sold at €58,000, and to Gestüt Eulenberger Hof's Dashing Blade half-sister to Deutsches Derby hero Nicaron, who was bought back for €46,000.

That meant it took only €61,000 to secure the highest-priced lot of the session who actually changed hands. German agent Jürgen Albrecht paid that amount on behalf of R&B International for Gestüt Isarland's daughter of Desert Prince out of a three parts-sister to outstanding racehorse and sire Monsun.

Albrecht said:  "The filly has a nice pedigree and the looks to match. I thought she had very good legs in particular.

"She is from the first German-bred crop of Desert Prince, who was a top-class racehorse, and I've been impressed by his yearlings.

"We don't know yet who will train her, but she will in all probability remain in Germany."

Dirk Eisele of BBA Germany also made his presence felt during the first session, striking for Gestüt Elsetal's full-sister to Group winners Konig Turf and Konig Shuffle, who set him back €55,000, and Gestüt Brümmerhof's son of Cape Cross out of a half-sister to Goodwood Cup winner Darasim, who cost €46,000.

The Cape Cross colt - the sole offering by Sea The Stars' sire in the catalogue - was purchased on behalf of an undisclosed client and will enter training with Peter Schiergen.

"My opinion is that this colt was the bargain of the sale," said Eisele. "In a normal market he would be worth around €100,000.

"He is a fantastic walker, one ofthe best movers in the sale. He may be a little on the small side, but he's very masculine-looking. And what more can be said about Cape Cross? He is of course a fantastic sire."

He added: "The sister to Konig Turf and KonigShuffle was also cheap. She is very athletic and is sure to make a good two-year-old.

"She has been purchased for Stall Salzburg, owners of this year's German Oaks heroine Night Magic, and she will be trained by Night Magic's handler, Wolfgang Figge."

Late in the session a son of Lando and full-brother to Grosser Preis von Baden hero Prince Flori made €58,000 when knocked down to Stall Le Vite, and a Tiger Hill colt out of Group winner Saldenschwinge sold to Stall Reckendorf for €55,000.

BBAG managing director Carola Ortlieb said at the end of the first session: "In spite of our hopes not being too high, we were still somewhat disappointed, especially as the interest seemed great. We now hope for tomorrow and also for more realistic pricing ideas from the vendors."




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