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It's lot 123 at Keeneland two-year-old in training sale

The top lot, a colt by Majestic Warrior, was bought for $700,000

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Majestic Warrior colt holds sway at Keeneland

A COLT from the first crop of A P Indy stallion Majestic Warrior topped Monday's Keeneland Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale when bought by GeorgeBolton and Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables for $700,000.

It was a notable auction for Majestic Warrior, who is out of dual Grade 1 winner Dream Supreme and won the Hopeful Stakes at two. He also sired the joint-fifth dearest lot at the sale, a filly from the family of Hollywood Oaks winner Tango Dancer bought by Hill 'n' Dale Bloodstock for $400,000.

Majestic Warrior stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky for just $10,000.

Consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables, the sale-topper was bred in Maryland out of the unraced Hennessy mare Counter Cat and had been bought by Reunion Bloodstock for $137,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale.

A colt by Speightstown who had clocked the fastest 2f in Thursday's under-tack show - 20.2 seconds - made the second largest price of the sale when bought by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm for $560,000. The half-brother to Grade 3 winner Sindy With An S had been bought by his vendor Kirkwood Stables for $72,000 at Fasig-Tipton in October.

Wavertree Stables enjoyed a fine sale by also selling a Dynaformer colt out of Yorkshire Oaks heroine Catchascatchcan, and thus a half-brother to Railway Stakes winner Antonius Pius, to Bluegrass Hall for $550,000.

A Tapit filly from the family of Miswaki sold to agent Patrice Miller for $475,000, while Martin Schwartz, known for purchasing blue-chip European maresin training, such as Elusive Wave, Gorella, Stacelita and most recently Banimpire, bought a Lemon Drop Kid half-sister to Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic heroine Unrivaled Belle for $400,000.

The sale was hit by a welter of withdrawals -66 of the original 161 catalogued - and a further 36 failed to reach their reserves.

That left 59 horses sold (62 per cent of those offered) sold for turnover of $9,754,000 (down 16 per cent from last year's sale) with an average of $165,322 that was almost identical to the 2011 figure of $165,322. The $120,000 median was down by eight per cent.






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