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Medaglia D'Oro colt lights up late finish

Craven Breeze-up sale comparative figures: day one
2009 93 85 62 4,933,000 76,403 56,000
2008 100 81 64 6,477,000 101,203 67,500

A Medaglia D'Oro colt changed hands for 260,000gns just after 10pm last night to top an opening session of the Craven Breeze-Up Sale at Tattersalls that was dominated by tight-lipped buyers.

Agent Dick O'Gorman fought off a persistent challenge from Oliver St Lawrence and trainer Richard Gibson to get the March-born youngster, a son of the Grade 2 winner C'Est L'Amour offered from Gay O'Callaghan's Yeomanstown Stud.

"He's been bought for an undisclosed client," said O'Gorman, who frequently buys for Sheikh Mohammed. "He moved very well in his breeze and, although he has an American pedigree, I thinkhe'll be staying in training here - he seemed to handle the grass well enough in his breeze."

The colt showed a big profit on the $125,000 he had cost at Keeneland as a yearling in September.

Sir Robert invests in Giant's Causeway colt
Shortly beforehand Sir Robert Ogden's racing manager Barry Simpson, standing with trainer Jeremy Noseda, fought off the likes of Stephen Hillen, Hugo Merry and finally Jamie McCalmont to get a 230,000gns Giant's Causeway colt, consigned from Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables.

"He's going to join Sir Robert's other Flat horses with Jeremy," said Simpson of the half-brother to 2004 Coventry Stakes runner-up Council Member.

"We've got 11 Flat horses with Jeremy but Sir Robert is still just as keen on jumping as ever, in fact I could easily have been at the Cheltenham sale tonight.

"This colt didone of the fastest breezes and, although he should be early enough to be out around July time, he is hopefully a nice three-year-old prospect. We tried to get an Exceed And Excel colt, who we saw as an Ascot type two-year-old, that made 190,000gns earlier on but this was our one for the long term."

Orientor sister in demand

That colt, out of a half-sister Orientor, was also offered from Mocklershill and made 70,000gns more than his yearling cost when selling to Anthony Stroud.

"He's been bought for an old-established client and will stay in this country," said Stroud, who was formerly Sheikh Mohammed's racing manager.

It would be no surprise to see, as at last year's sale, that many of the dearer lots will end up racing for Sheikh Mohammed or Godolphin.

Six figure sums for Distorted Humor and Motivator coltsand Invincible Spirit filly
Among the many other six-figure purchases by reticent agents were a $175,000 Distorted Humour colt knocked down to Stroud and a 150,000gns first-crop Motivator colt, who had cost 19,000gns as a yearling, knocked down to Richard Frisby on behalf of  "an established client."

Meanwhile, Jamie McCalmont - standing beneath the Coolmore team of Demi O'Byrne, Michael Tabor and Paul Shanahan - outbid Frisby to get a 220,000gns Invincible Spirit filly consigned from Paddy Twomey's Hawthorn Villa Stud.

"She did an amazing breeze and her final 1/8th of a mile was one of the fastest of all," said McCalmont. "She was beautiful looking with a good pedigree and is by a sire who has produced some very speedy fillies."

Yes Its True colt to stay in Newmarket
Two lots before the end of an evening where it amazingly took overfour hours to sell just 68 juveniles, Australian agent Merrick Staunton paid 200,000gns for a Yes It's True colt consigned from John Hassett's Bloodstock Connection.

The February-born youngster was bought for Thomas Li of the Macau Jockey Club and will be trained in Newmarket by David Simcock.

The sale concludes tonight.




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