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A colt by 2,000 Guineas winner Haafhd topped the opening session of the DBS St Leger Festival Sale when falling to Kevin Ryan for £36,000

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Haafhd colt heads quiet DBS Festival opener

Day one DBS St Leger Festival Sale comparative results

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  85  77  58  75  516,400  8,903  6,000
 2008  80  72
 71  660,200  12,945

A £36,000 Haafhd colt bought by Kevin Ryan provided the highlight at a quiet opening instalment of Doncaster's St Leger Festival Sale, where trade fell well short of last year's figures.

A total of 58 lots sold for £516,400, a fall in turnover of 21 per cent, while the £8,903 average and £6,000 median dropped respectively by 31 per cent and 50 per cent

The half-brother to Lingfield Listed winner Party Boss also provided one of the evening's few significant pinhook profits after easily surpassinghis 5,500gns foal price when offered from the Browne family's Co Tipperary-based Mocklershill Stables.

DBS vice-chairman Michael White and agent Ed Sackville, accompanied by Michael Owen and trainer Tom Dascombe - who trains the colt's half-brother Best In Class - both made a play for the youngster but Ryan's most determined opponent proved to be agent Ross Doyle, standing with Richard Hannon junior.

Ryan was pleased to come off best and said:"We all liked him and he was a lovely individual with that bit of quality about him. I have an owner for him and came here to buy four tonight and have ended up with three."

Another staying in Yorkshire was a £22,000 Captain Rio colt out of the 10-time winner Patsy Grimes offered from Joe and Jane Foley's Ballyhane Stud and bought by trainer Tim Easterby.

"This was a really racy colt and his sire's a good stallion, we've had Captain Dunne by him, and he's out of a very good mare. He's mine at the moment so I'm looking for an owner," said Easterby.

Another Ballyhane offering, a £20,000 Exceed And Excel colt, was knocked down to John McGrath of R O'Sheen Bloodstock.

" He's been bought for a client who will put him into training on the Curragh," said McGrath. "He was a lovely colt and looked a real speedy type and I'm sure he'll have a go at trying to win one of the Racing Post Yearling Bonuses."

A £25,000 Sleeping Indian colt and £20,000 son of Canford Cliffs' sire Tagula, offered from Rob Lloyd's Cloverdale Bloodstock, will go into training at the property developer's Cheshire stable after being knocked down to agent Bobby O'Ryan.

"They will both be trained by Pat Morris and I think the Sleeping Indian is for a partnership while the other horse is for a new owner," said O'Ryan. "I've liked Sleeping Indian's first-crop yearlings and this was a cracking colt."

Owner John Fretwell is building up a good time of juveniles for next year and he paid £20,000 for a High Chaparral half-brother to Group 3-placed sprinter Gee Kel.

"We value the horse and have a go and I also managed to get one tonight for the minimum bid £3,000, which must be the first time I've ever done that," said Fretwell. "They will all go to be broken and we'll decide later on where they go into training.

"I also got eight at the St Leger Sale and you don't know but they could look cheap horses when we get to Newmarket. I've always done well buying here and I was pleased with the prices at the Leger Sale, I felt there was great value for money."




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