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Hard Spun colt tops selective DBS market

THREE lots breached the £100,000 mark at Doncaster's Breeze-Up Sale on Wednesday at a session when the better juveniles found no difficulty in changing hands although - as a 69 per cent clearance rate demonstrated - it was not plain sailing for everybody.

Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables, who had topped the two British breeze-ups so far at Kempton and Newmarket, completed a clean sweep when heading yesterday's trade with a £140,000 first-crop Hard Spun colt. He always looked destined to stay in Yorkshire and it was John Quinn who came out best in a battle with Richard Fahey's assistant Robin O'Ryan for the chesnut, who had cost just $15,000 as a yearling.

"He galloped, has the looks and the pedigree and has been bought for Peter Clay, who races as Maxilead Ltd. He should be a six to seven-furlong horse," said Quinn.

O'Ryan had more luck for a Teofilo colt, who had cost 75,000gns as a foal, and made £110,000 on Wednesday when offered from Harefield Lodge. "I like Teofilo, we have a nice filly by him at home, and this colt is going to be trained by Richard for a new partnership," said O'Ryan.

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, the biggest new investor in British recent years, was paying his first visit to Doncaster sales and - bidding through his advisor David Redvers - paid £105,000 for Shamardal great grandson of Oaks winner Bireme.

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