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Lee Westwood chips in for Monsieur Bond colt

DBS NOVEMBER YEARLING SALE COMPARATIVE FIGURES (£)
Year Catalogued Offered Sold % Sold Aggregate Average Median
2010 205 189 129 68 606,200 4,627 3000
2009 257 233 156 67 513,600 3,292 2000

 

THERE were no great expectations yesterday going into Doncaster's one-day November Yearling Sale, traditionally one of the less glitzy events in its field, and - while no shortage of lots returned home qualified for auction races in the same ownership - there was at least competition for the better lots.

One whofitted that bill was a Monsieur Bond colt who had realised 4,000gns as a foal but £30,000 yesterday when reappearing from County Limerick-based Manister House Stud.

He is set to race in the colours of Lee Westwood, who this week became the world's number one golfer, and manager Chubby Chandler. Westwood is currently playing in Shanghai but had been at Doncaster 12 days ago to watch his Hoof It, another son of Monsieur Bond bought at this sale two years ago, score.

Like that three-year-old, Westwood's new purchase will be trained by Mick Easterby, who fought off Bobby O'Ryan to land the colt with Bernard Shaw, who raced his seven-time winning dam Smart Hostess, also showing an interest.

"I like the stallion and to me this was another Hoof It," said Easterby. "I've got too many yearlings now and unfortunately a lot of them are owned by Michael Easterby."

Read more in Thursday's RacingPost - or buy the PDF newspaper from 9am

 

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