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Dinkum Diamond wins the National Stakes Sandown 27.05.2010

Dinkum Diamond: the National Stakes winner's dam sold for 65,000gns

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Darley culls on top in July Sale curtain-raiser

Tattersalls July Sale day one figures (gns)
Year Cat. Off. Sold % Sold Agg. Ave. Med.
2010 252 197 147 75
1,818,900 12,373 5,000
2009 230 184 149 81 1,881,900 12,630 5,000

AN UNSPECTACULAR breeding stock session producing figures on a par with 12 months ago kicked off Tattersalls' July Sale in Newmarket today, on a day when Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation sold the only two six-figure lots.

Agent Amanda Skiffington – acting for John Deer's Oakgrove Stud – paid 115,000gns for the dearest of the pair when coming off best in a duel with Mags O'Toole for the unraced three-year-old Flag Day.

A Darley home-bred, the Pivotal filly is out of 1995 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Blue Duster and a half-sister to the dam of Fantasia.

Another unraced three-year-old heading to Oakgrove is Zarkavean, who is among Aqlaam's first book of mares and made 75,000gns. Not only does Zarkava feature in the daughter of Medicean's pedigree but she boasts none other than Petite Etoile as her fourth dam.

Oakgrove Stud, based near Chepstow, topped the October Yearling Sale when selling the Oasis Dream colt Rudolf Valentino for 700,000gns to Coolmore last year and Tim Lane, the farm's manager, was pleased with the two purchases.

"We've got 24 mares at the moment but the idea is to cut that down to under 20 and upgrade to be really commercial and build on last year," said Lane. "We'll get the two of them back and then decide what to do with them. Flag Day is a neat mare and would suit something like Oasis Dream.

"The boss loves the pedigree of Zarkavean with Petite Etoile in there and it is just a great family."

Lane and Skiffington had been underbidders to Charlie Gordon-Watson on the day's other six-figure lot, the 110,000gns four-year-old Cross Section, offered by Darley in foal to Dubawi.

The Cape Cross mare, a half-sister to Listed winners Il Warrd and Coy, isset to join Bill McAlpin's Greenwood Lodge Farm in Kentucky.

"Bill is a real Anglophile and has horses in training with Luca Cumani and keeps mares here at Watership Down Stud and New England Stud. He both races and sells so I'm sure he'll decide in due course what to do with the Dubawi foal.

"He was going to buy two mares but we decided to get one good one and paid more than we intended. But she's a lovely mare from a decent family with an excellent cover."

Mags O'Toole earlier fought off David Redvers to get the seven-year-old mare Moving Diamonds, whose first foal Dinkum Diamond won the National Stakes in May for Henry Candy, for 65,000gns.

The Lomitas mare,who had not been covered this year, was offered by Lady Heather McClay by the Castlebridge Consignment, with an Excellent Art filly foal.
Buyers of the day
A 15-year ban on bloodstock bought in Britain being sold to India was recently lifted and Anthony Stroud was making the first purchases for the country yesterday since the restriction was lifted.

His six buys (five in the ring and one privately) included Coconut Squeak, who cost 46,000gns, and Sainte Eria, a mare in foal to Invincible Spirit who made 45,000gns.

"I've always done a bit of work for India in a small way and have been buying for several clients today and they were pleased with what we got," said Stroud.

"It's great for the industry as a whole that the ban has been lifted. We'll wait and see if we get any more in November and December and then they will all be shipped out after that."




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