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Sleeping Indian filly tops solid Leger sale

A week on from a buoyant renewal of Doncaster's Premier Yearling Sae, business predictably stepped down a gear last night for the second-tier St Leger Festival Sale, at which the standout £35,000 offering came two lots before the end of play.

She was a £35,000 Sleeping Indian filly out of the 2006 St Hugh's Stakes runner-up Vale Of Belvoir for whom Kevin Ryan outbid the dam's trainer Karl Burke when offered from David Redvers' Tweenhills Stud.

"I love the sire and loved the filly," said Ryan. "She was strong, correct and did everything right so I waited until the end of the sale to get her."

Ryan goes to £31,000 for Elusive colt

A week after a buoyant renewal of Doncaster’s Premier Yearling Sale, business predictably stepped down a gear after racing last night for the second-tier St Leger Festival Sale, at which a £31,000 Elusive City colt proved the early standout.

He is set to join his siblings Rock ‘n’ Royal and The Mellor Fella at Richard Fahey’s stableafter being knocked down to the Malton handler’s assistant Robin O’Ryan.

"He was a good, strong horse and one of the nicest here," said O’Ryan. "For what the horses are I think the tradethis evening has been OK, the clearance rate seems pretty good and there are customers here to buy the horses.

First blow to McCabe and Wentworth

Trainer Alan McCabe, standing with Caspar Netscher’s owners Charles and Zorka Wentworth, struck the first significant blow at Doncaster’s Festival Yearling Sale on Thursday evening when paying £19,000 for a Refuse To Bend colt offered from breeder John Tuthill’s Owenstown Stud.

"He was a good walker and one of the nicest here. He’ll race for Zorka Wentworth," said McCabe. "We didn’t get any at the Premier Sale last week. Horses we were trying to buy for £25,000-£30,000 were going for £40,000-£45,000, which is great for vendors, but there are a lot more sales to come."

McCabe revealed that Gimcrack Stakes winner Caspar Netscher is set to be partnered by Kieren Fallon on his next start in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday week (September 17).

"Robert Winston is suspended so Kieren is going to ride at Newbury," added McCabe. "The horse has been going well since York and, if Richard Hannon didn’t run his in the Middle Park (Harbour Watch), then we might take that in as well but it’s all roads to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup."

 

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