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Dundonnell York 22.8.12

Dundonnell (right): Juddmonte Farms paid $200,000 for a colt by his sire, First Defence, at Keeneland on Wednesday

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Figures continue
to rise at Keeneland

THE Keeneland September Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, played host to yet another day of competitive bidding on Wednesday that resulted in further significant gains from 2011.

The ninth session of the mammoth sale saw 302 yearlings sell for a total of $8,228,000, upof 18 per cent from the corresponding day in 2011. The average increased 23 per cent to $27,245 while the median soared by a third to $20,000.

Only 9.5 per cent of horses failed to change hands, thus maintaining the strong clearance rate seen throughout this week.

Two yearlings hit the $200,000 mark led by a son of Three Chimneys stallion Yes It's True, who sold for $220,000 to agent James Kasparoff.

Consigned by Bill Reightler, the colt is out of the Saint Ballado mare Wadena, a daughter of Grade 3 winner Ammy Hils.

Juddmonte Farms, normally a rare player at the yearling sales, secured their fourth yearling of the auction when going to $200,000 for a colt by their resident stallion First Defence, the sire of Roger Charlton's high-class juvenile Dundonnell.

Equus Farm sold the colt, who is out of the stakes-placed Americab Chance mare, Chanceisalady, and from the family of French champions Polish Precedent and Culture Vulture.




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