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Fasig-Tipton stages the Winter Mixed Sale today


Noushkey in today's Fasig Winter Sale

FASIG-TIPTON'S Kentucky Mixed Winter Sale takes place today, kicking off at 10am local time (3pm GMT). A catalogue of 322 lots has been assembled, with European interest in the form of 1999 Oaks second Noushkey.

Though the daughter of Polish Precedent was a high-class performer, winning the Lancashire Oaks by eight lengths, and has a fine pedigree as a half-sister to Group 1-placed Chesa Plana (also dam of Alkaased), none of her six foals to have raced have earned black type.

She is offered by Bluewater Sales in foal to Rock Hard Ten, and is lot 124.

The appeal of lot 39, Hatta Diamond, is added to with a sought-after Bernardini cover - The Jonabell Farm resident sired two top-level winners in his first crop, which has just turned three, earning a date with Horse of the Year Zenyatta.

Amongthe other mares with European interest at Fasig are Tejareb (216), a formerly Clive Brittain-trained daughter of Sadler's Wells whose grand-dam is Canadian horse of the year and blue hen Fanfreluche, and La Marseillaise (80), a Medicean mare out of a sister to Toylsome trained by Barry Hills to place three times.

This year's Winter Mixed Sale features a new innovation in the sale of seven "no guarantee" seasons to stallions including Malibu Moon and Medaglia D'Oro.

Last year's sale returned an aggregate of $3,052,600 (up 28 per cent, £1,897,225/€2,250,871) from 192 lots sold, for an average of $15,899 (£9,881/€11,725), a 37 per cent increase on 2009, and a median of $5,000 (no change, £3,107/€3,687). The clearance rate was 71 per cent.





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