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52,000gns Exceed And Excel colt tops Book 3

YESTERDAY'S Book 3 sale brought the curtain down on this year's Tattersalls October yearling sale extravaganza and the concluding chapter was headed by a son of Exceed And Excel offered by The Castlebridge Consignment.

Willie Browne had to see off strong competition from Jim McCartan for the first foal out of the four-time-winning sprinter Crystal Moments, but landed the prize with a winning bid of 52,000gns.

"The horse has been bought to go into training with David Barron," said Browne. "He looks a sharp two-year-old type.

"I would like to have breezed him, but you can't have them all."

The sale capped a memorable couple of weeks for Castlebridge, who ended the Book 1 sale as leading vendor having sold the sale-topping son of Galileo for 2.5 million guineas.

A 35,000gns Clodovil filly led proceedings for most of the day after selling to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock.

The April-foaled filly, consigned through David and Trish Brown's Furnace Mill Stud, is a half-sister to seven winners including conditions stakes winner Alben Star, who ran a fine race to be fifth in this season's Stewards' Cup.

"She is a pretty, very athletic, racy sort and has been very well turned out by Furnace Mill Stud," said Stroud. "She has been bought for an established owner with Jamie Osborne."

Mark Windsor landed a commendable pinhooking touch, having bought the filly as a foal at the Tattersalls December Sale for 4,500gns.

Mark Crossman, racing manager to Dream Ahead's owner Khalifa Dasmal, also dipped his toe into the market when securing a Kildaragh Stud-bred and consigned offering by Jeremy.

The colt is the third foal out of a Dalakhani half-sister to the Royal Lodge winner Mons and Group 1-placed mare Inforapenny.

"He was a very nice horse, our pick of the day," said Crossman. "He's a well-made individual, with a great walk and he's very correct."

As the sale reached its conclusion, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said: "In the current economic climate it seems remarkable to be reflecting on Tattersalls October yearling sales that have reached unprecedented levels of turnover, but that is the reality and it is a welcome one.

"The two weeks of the October Yearling Sales are long and sometimes arduous, but to have exceeded all expectations for the second consecutive year is a marvellous achievement
for all concerned and a tribute to the vendors who have
placed so much faith in the market at Tattersalls."




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