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Sakhee's Secret - Darley July Cup 2007 - Steve Drowne

Sakhee's Secret: July Cup winner sired the 42,000gns session-topper

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Average soars at Tattersalls Foals opener

TRADE at yesterday's pipe opener to Tattersalls' December Foal Sale summed up the bloodstock business' current state. Only 61 per cent of those that offered changed hands but those that did made a premium as purchasers focussed on the same youngsters.

Those top-end buyers yesterday were almost all pinhookers recruiting their 2011 yearling drafts on a day that is graded to be the weakest of the four December foal sessions and although the reduced number sold helped the median and average prices soar, the aggregate also showed an increase on 2009.

Despite the country's economic woes, Irish buyers dominated the day although it was locally-based agent Richard Frisby who signed for the top-priced 42,000gns Sakhee's Secret colt, out of a half-sister to Bishops Court and Astonished.

"He's for a pinhooking syndicate and for me he was the standout individual here," said Frisby. "It's a very tough family and the dam is also a full-sister to Cape Royal, who has won 12 races and nearly £180,000 in prize money. Clive Cox has got the yearling so hopefully there will be an update next year."

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