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Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser John Ferguson

John Ferguson: signed for the session-topping $1.2 million colt

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Street Cry colt stars at Fasig on night of declines

A 1.2 MILLION son of Darley stallion Street Cry sold to John Ferguson during the final hour of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale in New York ensured that the opening session of the boutique auction ended on a high on Monday night.

However, although his sale matched the top price recorded last year, trade overall was selective and failed by some way to match the figures set on the comparative day in 2011. In all, 52 of the 78 yearlings offered were sold for a total of $13,590,000, down 16 per cent from 2011, and an average of $261,346, down 21 per cent. The median fell 30 per cent to $200,000 while the clearance rate dropped from 75 per cent to 67 per cent.

John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm consigned and co-bred the session-topping Street Cry colt, who is the first foal out of Grade 2 winner and Canadian champion Serenading. By A P Indy, she is a sister to Listed winner Handpainted and out of Daijin, a Grade 1-placed sister to Belmont Stakes hero and successful sire Touch Gold.

Sheikh Mohammed attended the sale in person for the fourth consecutive year and his advisor John Ferguson ended the night as leading purchaser with five bought for a total of $2,375,000. In addition to the Street Cry colt, his purchases included a $500,000 son of Distorted Humor and a $350,000 son of Darley's leading American first-crop sire Street Boss.

The partnership of Barbara Banke and George Bolton, which campaigned Curlin, struck late in the session when seeing off John McCormack at $1.1 million for a son of former Juddmonte stallion Empire Maker. The colt's sale came six years after his sister, the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes winner Mushka, sold for a sale-topping $1.6 million in the same ring to Zayat Stables.

Consigned by Denali Stud on behalf of breeders Diane and Guy Snowden, the colt is the fifth foal out of Sluice, a Listed-winning Seeking The Gold daugter of Grade 1 heroine Lakeway.

A Tapit half-sister to stakes winner Heart Of A King from Mill Ridge Sales was the dearest filly of the night, selling to Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation for $500,000.

Blandford Bloodstock was the only European-based buyer to sign a ticket, going to $160,000 for a daughter of Giant's Causeway. Shadwell's sole purchase was a $500,000 Tapit half-brother to Grade 1 winner Kodiak Kowboy.

The sale concludes on Tuesday.




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