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Stimulation: the remaining stallion at David Hodge's Llety Farms


Llety Farms sire Auction House dies aged 15

AUCTION HOUSE, who stood at David Hodge's Llety Stud in Carmarthenshire, was put down on Saturday after complications from surgery to his near hind leg necessitated by a paddock accident.

The Juddmonte-bred was the best runner from 80 foals sired by the ill-fated Exbourne. Trained by Barry Hills, he won three races as a juvenile, including the Champagne Stakes. He was alsosecond to Mujahid in the Dewhurst Stakes.

Having failed to win at three, he was transferred to the US stable of Bobby Frankel as a five-year-old before his retirement to stud.

His fee was advertised as private for the past two years, having been £4,000 in 2009.

His best progeny were Windsor Castle Stakes runner-up Fratellino and stakes-placed Bid Again and Ghetto.

Hodge said: "Auction House has been a terrific servant to the stud. From limited opportunities he had a great winner-to-runner ratio.

"Not only was he a gorgeous individual but he had a wonderful temperament and he passed these qualities on to his stock, who have always given their best. We will miss him greatly."

Llety Stud is home to Stimulation, the Challenge Stakes-winning son of Choisir who is currently covering his first book of mares.





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