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Weanlings boosts Keeneland November

WHILE figures continued to fall at the fifth session of the Keeneland November Sale, competition between pinhookers for weanlings provided several bright spots during Friday's trading.

The three highest prices were all realised by weanlings, led by a Giant's Causeway colt who was knocked down to Clear Ridge Stables for $310,000.

Consigned by Castle Park Farm, the colt is out of Queen's Music, a half-sister to Gimcrack Stakes winner Splendent who was sold to the CBA for just 20,000gns at the 2004 Tattersalls December Sale. From eight foals of racing age, the daughter of Dixieland Band is the dam of three winners including Richmond Stakes third Anna Walhaan.

Earlier in the session, Ferguson Valley paid $300,000 for a son of Cherokee Run out of the stakes-placed Carson City mare, Limited Entry. Lane's End consigned the colt, who is closely related to stakes winner Cherokee Jewel, also by Cherokee Run.

The session got off to a good start when a Tiznow colt from Taylor Made Sales Agency sold for $280,000 to Pearl Street Farm.

Taylor Made were also the consignor of the most expensive mare of the session, Ourfavoritesong, who sold for $200,000 to Quarter B Farm and Tim Boyer. The daughter of Unbridled's Song is in foal to Tiznow, whose fee will jump from $30,000 to $75,000 for the 2009 season.

For the fifth consecutive sessions, figures slumped across the board. A total of 230 horses sold for a total of $12,786,000, a decrease of 42 per cent. The average fell by 39 per cent to $55,591 while the median dropped 31 per cent to $45,000. The clearance rate also suffered, falling six per cent to 69 per cent.

European money was again evident with Stephen Hillen, Meadowlands Stud and Ronald Rauscher signing for lots.




King's Theatre £1,159,072
Presenting £1,090,199
Beneficial £992,913
Oscar £905,804
Milan £875,402
Westerner £851,298
Flemensfirth £785,193
Kayf Tara £672,028
Midnight Legend £597,240
Stowaway £505,737