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Causeway dominates opening Bullrich session

PROGENY from the first South American-bred crop of Giant's Causeway dominated the opening session of Argentina's premier yearling auction, the three-day Copa Bullrich Sale in Buenos Aires.

Giant's Causeway stallion

Giant's Causeway: accounted for the top six lots sold

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

The Coolmore shuttler accounted for the top six lots sold on Sunday led by lot 2, a colt named Giant's Secret and offered by Haras Chenaut who was sold to South American-based agent John Fulton for 540,000 pesos (£80,867/€92,445). He hails from a strong Argentinean family associated with leading nursery Haras Le Quebrada; he is out of the Group 1-placed Southern Halo mare La Promenade, a sister to Group 1 winner La Galerlie and to the dam of champion Guernika.

Fulton also purchased the second highest lot, a Giant's Causeway colt named Giant Runner on behalf of a group that includes Barbaro's owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson for 520,000 pesos (£77,910/€89,033). Another to be offered by Haras Chenaut, the colt is out of Group 1 winner Randy Cat, by Roar.

His price was matched by Be My Lion, a Giant's Causeway colt out of the Gone West mare B Gone Blues who was snapped up by Stud Dos Estrellas.

A selective market prevented the first session from building upon last year's buoyant renewal, at which a new high of 640,000 pesos was set by Fulton's pruchase of a son of Tiznow.

Although the clearance rate rose from 79 per cent to 90 per cent, the aggregate fell marginally to 10,470,000 pesos for 59 yearlings sold. The average dropped 14 per cent to 177,542 (£26,625/€30,417) pesos.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470