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Kyllachy half-sister breaks Festival record

A ROYAL APPLAUSE half-sister to Kyllachy set a new record for Doncaster’s second-tier St Leger Festival Yearling Sale on Thursday when - as the very last lot catalogued - selling for £65,000 to Peter Doyle, acting for Strong Suit’s owner Julie Wood.

Offered by breeder Anne Wright from Wheelersland Stud, the February-born filly was the final foal of her 22-year-old mother Pretty Poppy and she caught the eye of at least a couple of long-term breeders.

Ed Sackville of Kern Lillingston set the ball rolling with a bid of £20,000 and Lancashire-based owner-breeder David Armstrong soon joined in, lasting until £55,000. Bobby O’Ryan, standing with Sean O’Sullivan of Corrin Stud, provided the final opposition to Doyle, who was accompanied by Wood and her husband Chris.

"She was a gorgeous filly and you wouldn’t think her mother was 22 - she looked more like the third foal of a young mare. Her two-year-old (Dubai Celebration) also won this year, which is testament to the fact that she can still produce good horses. She will of course be going to Richard Hannon," said Doyle, who also paid £20,000 for a Khelyf colt on behalf of Noodles Racing.

"Although I used to be known as ‘last-lot Doyle’ it certainly hadn’t been the plan to come here and buy her but when I saw her in her box on Wednesday I told Julie and Chris about her and thought we should have a go."

The filly’s price surpassed the previous record for this fixture of 50,000gns, set at the inaugural Festival Sale in 2007. This year’s event had been cut down to one night and the £10,644 average and £8,000 median duly showed advances on 2009 although were still some way off the Festival Sale records. The 67 per cent clearance rate compared to 69 per cent 12 months ago.

A fortnight after gaining a dozen new recruits to his 2011 juvenile string at Doncaster’s Premier Yearling Sale, trainer Bryan Smart was back in action last night, picking up a full-brother to his Weatherbys Super Sprint third Move In Time for £44,000.

"This colt was a very athletic easy-moving horse and was just like his dad, Monsieur Bond, whose been having a great year. He’s been bought for Move In Time’s owners Andy Turton and John Blackburn," said Smart, who has recently joined Eddie Stobart supremo Andrew Tinkler’s team of trainers.

It was a busy evening for County Kildare agent Bobby O’Ryan, who fought off David Redvers to get a Cockney Rebel colt offered by the National Stud for £32,000.

"He’s been bought for Dr Marwan Koukash and is joining Richard Fahey. Let’s hope he’s half as lucky as his father," said O’Ryan, who bought Cockney Rebel for 30,000gns as a yearling at Doncaster.

At the evening’s end, DBS managing director Henry Beeby confirmed that the sale is likely to continue next year and added: "It is never easy for an auction house to take the decision to cut a sale in terms of numbers as that inevitably means alower turnover and that is what pays us.

"However we feel vindicated on this occasion as, although the turnover is down as predicted, contracting the sale to one good evening has resulted in a sale of relative strength, an average that has improved by 30 per cent on last year and a median price that has leapt by a third together with a very respectable clearance rate."




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