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Paul Nicholls (right) will receive most of the Highflyer Bloodstock purchases, with at least one going to Nicky Henderson (left)


Highflyer active at Arqana Autumn Sale

Year Offered Sold % Agg Average Median
2009 163 120 74 2,353,500 19,613 9,000
2008 160 112 70 2,044,000 18,250 10,000


HIGHFLYER Bloodstock secured the top lot at the Arqana Autumn sale today, going to €250,000 for Najaf, who finished two lengths third in the champion four-year-old hurdle at Auteuil on Sunday.

Najaf is set to join paternal half-brothers Tatenen and Free World, who are also by Lost World, at Paul Nicholls' string at Ditcheat.

Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock said: "He was the standout of the sale. He finished a lot closer to Rock Noir last time than he had on his penultimate start and he looks very progressive.

"He'll stay novice hurdling and might make into an Albert Bartlett horse as he stays very well, as he showed last time on heavy over 2m4f. He will make up into a chaser for next season."

Also set to join Paul Nicholls will be Teshali, who was purchased for €100,000 from the Aga Khan Studs draft. The Anabaa three-year-old is the winner of three of his six starts, including a 1m2f contest which he won by eight lengths two weeks ago.

"He will be gelded and could make into a Triumph Hurdle horse. He is a scopey type", said Bromley.

Among Highflyer's other purchases destined to be trained by Nicholls are Ange Guerrier, by Ange Gabriel, who cost €85,000 and is a "big, scopey grey", and Sanctuaire, a son of Kendor who has had two runs at Auteuil, and who Bromley said had "improved on his second start [when third] and will be a chaser for next season".

The latter was offered from the stables of French trainer Francois-Marie Cottin, and sold for €80,000.

Highflyer also purchased one to be trained by Nicky Henderson, According, a three-year-old son of Dalakhani who cost €70,000.

According won three races on the Flat for owner George Strawbridge and trainer Freddie Head from 1m4f to 1m6f. He is believed to have been bought for the same owners as Triumph Hurdle winner Zaynar.

Samuel Blanchard paid €102,000 for Ucandri, a two-year-old gelding by Refuse To Bend. He won both of his starts over 1m2f, and is a half-brother to Aunt Julia, who was Listed-placed for Richard Hannon.

The other lot to break into six-figures was Babyla, a consistent Linamix three-year-old filly who has won twice on the Flat. She was knocked down to Peregrine SAS for €105,000 and is a sister to the Listed winner Laxlova.

The sale proved to be in robust health, with turnover increasing by 15 per cent on last year, to €2,353,300, and the average up seven per cent to €19,613.

Furthermore, the €250,000 top lot was the highest price paid at the sale since 2006, and the clearance rate of 74 per cent is the best it has been in any of the past five renewals.





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