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Kouroun gelding tops marathon Ascot sale

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  275  219  178  81  337,015  1,893  1,200
 2009  357  288  200  69  415,100  2,076  1,000

ASCOT'S Derby Sale finished at 7.15pm tonight after nearly nine hours’ trading that, despite an impressive 81 per cent clearance rate, was more notable for its longevity than any headline-grabbing prices.

Henrietta Knight's offerings have long been sought after at Ascot and the lightly-raced six-year-old Little Eaglet, who was still a maiden after placed form over fences and hurdles for Sariska's owner Lady Bamford and her daughter Alice, proved no exception.

Bloodstock agent Tom Malone

Tom Malone: signed for Arosio

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 

He had plenty of admirers yesterday and will join Colin Heard's Cornwall point-to-point stable to race in the colours of owner Sarah White after making £13,000.

"I'd like to get someconfidence behind him by winning a couple of point-to-points to start with and then hopefully go novice hunter chasing with him," said Heard.

But the day's highest price came for a four-year-old who has never seen a racecourse. Kawa was offered from Chris Bealby’s stable to dissolve his ownership syndicate, the Glengarry Partnership, and after some spirited bidding between Brightwells’ Matt Mitchell - taking instructions by telephone - and agent Tom Malone, the French-bred made £18,000.

Mitchell had the successful bid and signed for Kawa in the name of Peter James. "I was asked by a Brightwells client to bid for the horse and all that I know is that he will be staying in training," said Mitchell.

Malone had more luck with another offering from Bealby’s yard for the same team. The ex-jockey saw off Robin Dickin to get Arosio, another unraced French-bred four-year-old, for £10,500.

"He’s a nice backward type of horse and I’ve bought him to go point-to-pointing in the West Country," said Malone.

Seven-year-old Sharmon headed to Ascot onthe back of a win for Bob Woodhouse at the Bilsdale point-to-point on May 8 and, after being led out unsold at £7,500, he was subsequently sold privately for £8,000.

The day’s £337,015 turnover and £1,893 average were below the 2009 Derby Sale, which was held over two days, although the £1,200 median showed an advance on 12 months ago.

Brightwells’ next sale will be the John Manners dispersal at the late trainer’s Wiltshire farm on Saturday.




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