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Lush Lashes: the filly deserves "the best of the best stallions around"

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Star fillies busy before Tatts sale ring dates

THREE of the star attractions of today's opening session of the Tattersalls December breeding stock sale are due to go through the sale ring later in the day, and their connections have been busy showing them off to prospective purchasers.

Triple Group 1 winner Lush Lashes is one of the first box office draws to go through the ring.

The four-year-old daughter of Galileo won just shy of £1.2 million for her owner and trainer Jim Bolger, who bought her for €80,000 at the Goffs Million sale, and she bids to increase that profit margin when she goes through the ring as lot 1389.

Ken Bolger, who manages his uncle Jim's breeding interests, said: "She has been extremely busy - she was being shown for five hours yesteday and she hardly returned to her box, but she's taking it all in her stride.

"We'll be sad to see the back of her but she deserves a good home and to be covered by the best of the best stallions around."

Last month's St Simon Stakes heroine High Heeled is due in the ring 14 lots after Lush Lashes, and her lad Andrew 'Scobie' Jones reports that the filly, who was also third in the Oaks earlier in the year, has undergone a "marathon" session of showing.

"She's had well over 100 shows," Jones said, "and she was hardly back in her box for four and a half hours yesterday.

"She's got a big heart and is so tough and professional. I remember when we took her over to the Curragh last year [for the Goffs Fillies Million] and she ate up everything. Nothing fazes her."

He revealed that several lookers were intending to keep the filly, who is offered by Barry Hills's Faringdon Place Stables, in training next year.

It is also a bittersweet day for Emma Gardner, who has looked after Aspen Darlin, who goes through the ring as lot 1412, since the filly was a yearling.

"It's a sad day for me as I've loved looking after her, as she has such a sweet temperament," Gardner said of the daughter of Indian Haven who won the Firth Of Clyde Stakes and was runner-up in the Cheveley Park Stakes at two but was pulled up with a tendon injury in what turned out to be her last race in the 1,000 Guineas this year.

"When she was injured and couldn't graze, I used to go out to the fieldand cut cow parsley for her," Gardner remembers. "I don't really want to see her go, but she deserves a good home and to be covered by good stallions."

Gardner said that Aspen Darlin had been shown 68 times up to 11.30am today.

 

 

 

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Frankel £2,707,058
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Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
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