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Profitable pinhook for young Star Appeal team

STAR Appeal, a pinhooking venture aimed at involving more young people in racing, struck gold at Tattersalls on Wednesday when selling a Motivator colt for over three times more than what he had cost as a foal.

The partnership, which is fronted by agent Ed Sackville and Jake Warren, purchased the colt privately last year after he was bought back for 30,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal sale. On Wednesday, they received a bumper pay out when the January born-colt was knocked down to Gill Richardson for 140,000gns.

"It is a partnership between about 50 of our school and university friends," said Sackville, who joined Kern/Lillingston Association earlier this year following a stint with John Warren.

"Both Jake and I saw a large number of Motivators last year as foals and we were hugely impressed by them. So obviously we were delighted to buy one last year and to then land a touch with him."

Out of the Mark Of Esteem mare Takarna, the colt is a descendant of Top Ville's dam, Sega Ville, and therefore hails from a strong Aga Khan family.

"He's practically bred on the Sadler's Wells-Darshaan cross and he had a good page," said Sackville. "He just had tremendous quality with a good outlook and great walk."

The colt marked one of several good results throughout the sale for this consignor, Highclere Stud, who topped the leading vendors' list for both Books 1 and 2 of last year's October sale.

"Highclere's results at this sale last year spoke for themselves and they did a fantastic job on this colt," said Sackville. "Jake and I saw him a number of times at Highclere this year and I've always been in love with him."

Although Wednesday's sale represented their most memorable result to date, it is not the first notable return enjoyed by the partnership during its two year operation. Earlier this sales season, a Red Ransom colt for whom they had paid 20,000gns for as a foal sold for £67,000 at the Doncaster St Leger sale, complementing a first year which was led by the sale of a Dubai Destination colt for 100,000gns, who had cost 30,000gns as a foal.

"Last year, we had a nice touch with the two we bought and both have gone on to win as two-year-olds," says Sackville. "So we reinvested and bought three this time. We put some of our money into it as well and hopefully we will be able to invest again later this year."




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