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Prices through the floor at Tattersalls Book Four

FRIDAY morning's business at Tattersalls for book four of the October Yearling Sale, featuring youngsters far from the cream of the 2007 foal crop, was more notable for its brevity than trading in the ring.

It took an hour and a half for the 53 lots offered to go under the hammer and just one of them changed hands for more than five figures. The morning session turned over only 70,100gns for an average price of 3,048gns with a mere 43 per cent of the lots offered being listed as sold.

The morning standout was a Soviet Star filly out of a half-sister to Goofalik consigned from Patrick Churchward's Westerlands Stud for Stephen and Gilly Pembroke's Belmore Lane Stud near Winchester. She was bought early into the day for 14,000gns by trainer Clive Cox.

"The Pembrokes used to have horses in training with me and I've bought this filly for a syndicate, who are excited to have her," said Cox. "She's a very athletic filly and I hope she gives us some fun."

Just before business wrapped up before lunchtime, there was excitement as Mark Brisbourne - bidding for another syndicate - bid 14,000gns for a Hold That Tiger filly offered from Raffin Stud for Malih Al Basti. But it was to no avail - she was bought in for 15,000gns.

The sale was set to finish on Friday night after racing.




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