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Dutch Art colt tops low-key day at Tatts

A cameo appearance from John Ferguson livened up trading at Tattersalls yesterday morning as the stamina-sapping October Yearling Sale entered its final throes with the penultimate day of Book 3.

Sheikh Mohammed's advisor paid 26,000gns for a son of Shamardal consigned from the locally-based Grove Farm Stud.

"He's out of a full-sister to Rowaasi, who was an exceptionally quick two-year-old and was a good strong colt by a sire who has done exceptionally well. We work our way through all the sales and he was one we had marked out," said Ferguson.

With Book 3 graded downwards towards its conclusion tomorrow, yesterday was never going to be a glitzy occasion and predictably few yearlings replenished their production costs.

One in demand was a 38,000gns Dutch Art colt consignedfrom John James's Brookside Stud who is now the sole property of his former three-quarters owner, Dorset-based Andrea Wilkinson.

"Myself and my husband have always loved this horse. The mare won four races for me, and she seems to be turning into a good broodmare," said Wilkinson.

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