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Average plunges 36 per cent at Meydan ERA Sale

STUBBS Art, who ran third to Henrythenavigator and New Approach in the 2008 2,000 Guineas, topped a quiet renewal of the ERA Horses in Training Sale at Meydan racecourse on Sunday when selling to Saudi Arabian-based trainer Abdulla Mishreff for AED160,000 (£26,761/€31,060).

Despite his evident ability, Stubbs Art has yet to add to his win for David Elsworth in a Newmarket maiden back in September 2007. The six-year-old son of Hawk Wing has been a regular on the Dubai circuit during the past year for Ali Rashid Al Raihe, most recently running tenth of 12 in a 70-85 handicap at Jebel Ali ten days ago.

The sale lost some of its lustre when catalogue standouts such as recent Dubai Carnival winners Lord Of The Starsand Navajo Chief were withdrawn, and consequently the figures took a hit.

The Emirates Racing Authority reported that 93 horses - 84 per cent of those offered - changed hands for a total of AED1,934,000 (£323,614/€376,318), down ten per cent from last year. The average also suffered significantly, falling 36 per cent to AED20,756 (£3,473/€4,038).

Mishreff also signed for the only other lot to break six figures, lightly-raced six-year-old Tayyab. The trainer had to go to AED125,000 (£20,916/€24,322) for the son of Belong To Me, who won at Jebel Ali in January for Musabeh Al Muhairi.

Several familiar European names were on offer including dual Group 3 winner Hattan, who sold for AED36,000 (£6,023/€7,005), 11-year-old Fantastic Love, an Australian Group 2 winner for Godolphin who sold for AED4,000(£669/€778), and German Group 2 winner Notability, who sold for AED15,000 (£2,509/€2,918) to trainer Rashid Bouresly.




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