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Shadwell secure Spirit colt at 250,000gns

SHADWELL Estates have dominated the opening hours of the final session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale, paying 250,000gns and 100,000gns for colts by Invincible Spirit and Dubawi.

There were a number of interested parties in the Invincible Spirit colt, but Gold faced most competition from Timmy Hyde, who was standing alongside Paul Shanahan in the gate.

"He was a cracking colt and of what I've seen he was the standout of the day," said Gold. "The sire has done great and I think his mare is going to turn out to be decent, because her Oasis Dream yearling was for me the standout at Deauville this year. He had a lovely pedigree and seemed to have a great attitude."

Bryanstown House Stud offered the colt, who is the second foal out of the winning King's Best mare Liscune and from the family of Awaasif and Bosra Sham.

The session was barely 30 minutes old when Gold had to fight off a number of pinhookers for the 100,000gns Dubawi colt. Sold through Ballinahown Stud, the chestnut is out of Kelly Nicole, a daughter of Rainbow Quest from the family of Irish Oaks second Russian Snows.

Several minutes later, pinhooker Willie Browne was successful in his quest for a Pivotal half-brother to Grade 3 winner Officer Rocket, who cost 125,000gns.

Although the final session of this sale is not traditionally as strong as Friday, there is still a buoyant trade, and according to Tattersalls, this year's renewal is on course to be the third best in the sale's history. The sales company are also hopeful that the sale's aggregate will surpass 21m guineas.





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