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Ascot was to host Brightwells' new select sale, which has been cancelled

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Brightwells cancels new Ascot Festival sale

BRIGHTWELLS' new Ascot Festival sale has fallen victim to the economic downturn, with the company taking the decision to axe the auction after it struggled to attract a sufficiently high standard of entries.

The introduction of the sale had been announced only last month, with entries closing on September 4. It was to take place within Ascot racecourse on Friday, September 25, the day before the Sony-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and was to include two-year-olds and older horses.

Brightwells head of bloodstock Matt Mitchell said: "Given the economic circumstances, the quality of the entries we had received was a concern and it was decided that it was not appropriate to go ahead with the sale – Ascot's Festival meeting is for top-quality horses and it would be unacceptable to hold a sale there with horses that don't come up to scratch.

Mitchell added that the company hoped to hold a similar sale at Ascot racecourse in the future. "I do think that there will be an opportunity to hold a Flat sale like this, but the wider circumstances must be right.

"Our National Hunt sales at Cheltenham prove that the format of attaching sales to prestigious race meetings can work well."





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