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Redback filly tops second session of Craven Sale

Craven Breeze-Up sales Comparative figures
YEAR CAT OFF SOLD %  SOLD AGG AV MED
2009 183 163 115 71 8,561,000 74,443 60,000
2008 194 158 116 73 11.884,000 102,448 70,000


WHILE many of the dearer lots from this week's Craven Breeze-Up Sale look destined to race for Sheikh Mohammed's family, it was a different Dubai-based buyer who topped last night's concluding session at Tattersalls.

Owner Jim Hay, buying through trainer Tom Tate, secured the evening's standout - a sister to tomorrow's Fred Darling Stakes contender Lahaleeb - for 210,000gns.

Offered from the O'Callaghan family's Tally-Ho Stud, the Redback filly never looked in danger of not surpassing the 62,000 euros she cost as a foal as Tate saw off Ross Doyle, agent Jeremy Brummitt and finally his fellow North Yorkshire trainer Bryan Smart.

"She was a very good individual and she could also be a nice long-term broodmare prospect," said Tate.

The sale's 8,561,000gns turnover was 28 per cent down on last year's record breaker, while the 74,443gns average and 60,000gns median respectively declined by 27 per cent and 14 cent. No lots hit the 300,000gns barrier compared to 10 in 2008. There were 20 private sales.

Good evening for the Williamsons
Norman and Janet Williamson's County Meath-based Oak Tree Farm enjoyed an excellent evening, headed by the 200,000gns sale of a blue-blooded Kingmambo colt to agent Hugo Lascelles.

"I can't say who he's for but he'll be staying in training in England," said Lascelles, after outbidding agent Oliver St Lawrence and French trainer Richard Gibson. "His sire is the best around and this was an exceptional-looking colt who breezed very well."

John Ferguson absent in name only

Sheikh Mohammed was at the sale in person but once again his main buyer John Ferguson's name did not appear against a single purchase with the Darley team instead buying through an eclectic variety of agents and trainers.

The sheikh's former racing manager Anthony Stroud was one of the night's tight-lipped buyers, spending 160,000gns on a Grangecon Stud-bred Dalakhani colt from Miesque's family consigned through Paddy Twomey's Hawthorn Villa Stud.

Meehan toasts success at Tattersalls
Fresh from Delegator's success on the Rowley Mile, trainer Brian Meehan gained a pricey new recruit to his Manton stable in the shape of a 175,000gns first-crop Footstepsinthesand colt.

Agent Hugo Merry, bidding for Meehan, outbid the BBA Ireland's Eamonn Reilly for the May-born juvenile, who showed a huge profit on the 20,000gns he had cost vendor Jamie Railton in the same ring six months ago.

"He's for a long-standing owner with Brian who doesn'twant to be named," said Merry. "I see Footstepsinthesand is one of the favourites to be leading first-season sire with Cashmans and this was a big scopey type of colt. He's not precocious but will hopefully be high-class later in the year."

TATTERSALLS CRAVEN SALE DAY TWO: COMPARATIVE FIGURES
YEAR CAT OFF SOLD % SOLD AGG AV MED
2009 90 78 53 68 3,824,000 72,151 70,000
2008 94 75 52 69 5,407,000 103,981 67,500

 

 

 

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