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Shamardal colt tops final day at Arqana

MICK FLANAGAN'S Townley Hall Bloodstock signed for the top lot on the final day of Arqana's October Yearling Sale on Wednesday when going to €77,000 for a son of Shamardal.

Despite the clearance rate of 66% being slightly down compared to this day last year, the median (€17,000), average (€20,130) and aggregate of €2,206,000 ended slightly higher.

Overall figures for the sale show several comparisons to 2011. With 73 more horses offered, aggregate reached €11.2 million including private sales, up nearly 24 points. The median was identical at €24,000, whilst the average showed a slight increase at €31,730.

Out of the unraced Singspiel mare Songbook from the direct Moyglare family of Dress To Thrill, the colt has been bought to breeze by the Irish agent, who fended off Con Marnane in the final stages.

"He is a lovely colt who will go to Saint-Cloud in the spring. He was a little over what I hoped to pay but he's a great individual," Flanagan said afterwards. "He also comes from a great farm (Haras du Buff)."

Much later in the sale, Spanish interests struck for a son of Stormy River from the sire's stud Haras d'Etreham when he made €54,000 to Stamina Bloodstock.

Bought by Rafael Rojano Lopez on behalf of an established client, the close relative to Flash Dance will go into training in Spain. "He is a well built colt who is a nice mover and should make a two year old," the agent said, before adding, "The mare won at home and we know the family." 

A trio of yearlings hit the €48,000 mark, led by yet another produce of first crop sire Soldier of Fortune who sold to Robert Collet.

Offered from Haras du Logis Saint Germain, who stands the son of Galileo, the March born filly hails from the Juddmonte family of blue hen mare Hasili and Grade 2 winner Three Valleys.

A little later, Hubert Barbe also paid the same price for a Lawman filly to be trained by Richard Chotard.

Bought for Ricky Ma Ching Fat, the filly is a half-sister to Listed placed filly Sculpted and counts Rainbow Quest further back in the pedigree. "I delighted to be training her," the handler said, before adding, "I like Lawman and she is a very nice filly."

Leading first season trainer Francis Graffard also put his name on the board at the same price when signing for a son of Sinndar out of Aloisi from La Motteraye. The family is that of recent dual Listed winner Dream Clover.




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