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So You Think - Ballydoyle 31.01.11

High Chaparral's Australian champion So You Think, who makes his debut in today's Mooresbridge Stakes, leads the string at Ballydoyle.

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Chaparral dominates first session of Karaka

A POTENTIALLY big day for High Chaparral was opened in style on Monday when the Coolmore stallion provided three of the top four prices during the opening session of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka.

Monday's action at the Curragh marks the European unveiling of High Chaparral's Australian champion So You Think in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes. The son of Sadler's Wells is also represented earlier on the card by five-year-old Irish-bred EnchantedEvening in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes.

The opening session at Karaka saw 170 foals sell for a total of NZ$2,283,000 (£1,105,855/€1,242,519) and average of NZ$13,429 (£6,504/€7,308), 16 per cent ahead of last year's figure. The clearance rate of 74 per cent was on a par with 2010.

A colt produced during High Chaparral's final season at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand topped the session, selling for NZ$170,000 (£82,367/€92,516) to Tim Bodle's Whakanui Stud. Consigned by Brighthill Farm, the colt is out of the unraced Mi Preferido mare Bibi Maizoon and a half-brother to three winners including the Listed-placed Double Barrel.

He was closely followed by a colt by the same sire, who sold for NZ$165,000 (£79,944/€89,794) to  Auckland-based bloodstock agent Paul Willetts. Offered by the day's leading vendor Curraghmore Stud, the colt is the seventh foal out of the placed Pompeii Court mare Sweet Geisha and a half-brother to no winners.

The three-day auction continues on Tuesday.





Galileo £10,249,746
Dubawi £2,709,333
Dark Angel £2,626,940
Kodiac £1,958,520
Acclamation £1,949,140
Nathaniel £1,804,891
Sea The Stars £1,792,597
Frankel £1,757,529
Iffraaj £1,591,586
Invincible Spirit £1,546,975