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Turnover and average up as Keeneland Jan closes

THE Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded on Friday night with modestly improved figures from 2010.

The aggregate of $25,250,350 was six per cent up on last year and the number of horses sold was up by four per cent. The average of $24,731 was an improvement on 12 months ago by $398, or just under two per cent. The median, however, dipped to $7,500, from $8,000 last year (six per cent).

During the final session of the January Sale, 172 horses were sold for trunover of $895,000, an 18 per cent decline on the fifth and final session last year, while the median was again $3,000 and the average fell a further 21.1 per cent on last year’s final session, suggesting that while the overall picture was one of stabilisation, the bottom end of the market was hit further.

Paradise Bound, a five-year-old daughter of Pulpit, topped the final day when selling for $110,000 to Roger W Schipke’s Colts LLC, while Federico Barberini signed for Prussian at $85,000, a six-year-old son of Danzig and dual Group 1-placed Crystal Downs, sold as a stallion prospect.

The strongest message from the five-day sale was the importance of Japanese investment at the top end of the market.

The sale-topper was Ave, a five-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer and winner of the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes, who sold for $1.4 million to Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm. Out of the In The Wings mare Anna Amalia, she was bred by Plantation Stud and owned by Trevor Harris and Three Chimney’s Farm, who consigned her.
The fourth-top lot at $540,000, the Grade 2-placed six-year-old Secret Gypsy, is also bound for Shadai Farm. She is by Sea Of Secrets, a son of Storm Cat, and was offered by Eaton Sale.
Yoshida’s brother, Northern Farm owner Katsumi, acquired the second highest priced offering of the sale in Wickedly Perfect at $800,000. The daughter of Congrats has just turned three, and won the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes as a juvenile, and was also second in the Debutante Stakes, another Grade 1.

Shadai Farm was the sale’s top buyer, with its three purchases worth $2.28m combined.

The four-year-old filly Negligee, who took the Alcibiade Stakes of 2009, sold for $625,000 to Hunter Valley Farm as agent. She is a daughter of Northern Afleet and was offered by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales.




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