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The sale-topping Danehill Dancer colt is joining trainer Tom Dascombe

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Danehill Dancer colt tops 'positive' Kempton trade


Goffs Kempton breeze-up sale: comparative figures
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  75  57  37  61  655,550  18,729  15,000
 2008  101  85  64  75  1,944,500  30,375  25,000

A Danehill Dancer colt, who had impressed in his racecourse workout earlier in the day, topped yesterday's Goffs breeze-up sale at Kempton Park when selling for £58,000 to Qatari owner Mohamed Al Attiya.

Agent Ed Sackville, representing Al Attiyah, saw off Matt Coleman and Sean Clancy, representing Californian trainer Lisa Lewis, to secure the chesnut.

"He's staying in this country and will be joining Tom Dascombe," said Sackville. "Danehill Dancer is a world -class sire, whose been really successful with his two-year-olds and this colt is out of a half-sister to Goldikova, who was bred on the same cross."

The colt - who was offered through Jamie Railton - was making his fourth sale ring appearance, having realised 80,000gns as a foal and 100,000gns and 40,000gns on his two visits to Tattersalls as yearling.

He will be one of the first juveniles eligible for the new bonus scheme for breeze-up sale graduates, who stand to win a £10,000 additional payout if among the first few winners from this year's auctions.

"The bonus has been a big incentive to us and full marks to the consignors for offering it to us," said Sackville.

Dramatic declines but satisfactory clearance rate
Vendors placing realistic reserves were happy with the level of trade yesterday, producing a 61 clearance rate, although the remaining figures dropped markedly, not helped by the absence of top vendor Willie Browne's draft.

The £655,550 turnover was down by 66 per cent, the £30,383 average dropped by 39 per cent and the £15,000 median fell by 40 per cent.

Chester May date in mind for Kyllachy colt
A £56,000 Kyllachy colt knocked down to Bobby O'Ryan has a big target in two months' time after selling from Harefield Stud.
"He's going to be trained by Pat Morris for Rob Lloyd Racing," said O'Ryan after outbidding Mags O'Toole. "They have over 50 horses in training and the plan with this fellow is to win at the Chester May meeting."

New name and home for Langfuhr colt
Guildford-based Anne Cowley, who owns multiple all-weather winner The Geester with Roy Bowring, saw off Ed Sackville for the only lot by top US sire Langfuhr on offer. Consigned from Tom Whitehead's Powerstown Stud, the colt had breezed impressively in the morning, leaving Kempton with a £42,000 price tag.

"We have a couple of horses with Roy Bowring but this one will be going to Stef Liddiard," said Cowley. "My husband Fred has the T & R Group, an electrical engineering company, and we have decided to call this horse The Rectifier after one of their products."

Green Desert colt to Denmark
There was an international crowd at Kempton and Bent Olsen, who has been champion trainer in Denmark for the last two years, paid £36,000 for a Green Desert colt prepared at Pat Doyle's Suirview Stables.

"We have a good horse by Green Desert called Green Calibre, who we bought off Sir Michael Stoute, and had luck with a horse we got from Kempton called Hong Kong Legend," said Olsen, buying for a Swedish owner.

End-of-sale statement
At the close of play, Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby reflected: "In the current climate we are delighted with today's results. Whilst these figures may not bear direct comparison with lastyear we live in a different world now and the kind of atmosphere we enjoyed today was lacking from a number of sales last autumn.

"There is little doubt that the new breeze-up bonus made a significant impact and we would congratulate the instigators of this innovative scheme. Those who expected doom and gloom were sorely disappointed today - this was a most positive sale and we look forward to congratulating the winners that will inevitably flow in the very near future."




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