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Dutch Art filly heads quiet third day of Book 2

HEADLINE-grabbing prices were in short supply at Tattersalls yesterday as the marathon Book 2 section of the October Yearling Sale continued - although it looks set to post figures close to last year's 33,926gns average and 25,000gns median when concluding this afternoon.

Although Shadwell's Angus Gold set the day's benchmark yesterday morning when spending 120,000gns on a first-crop Dutch Art filly it was left to non-Maktoum buyers to account for most of the day's six-figure lots. In particular, John Ferguson and Rabbah Bloodstock were notably more restrained with their spending than 12 months ago.

Trainer Charles O'Brien, fresh from Bewitched's impressive Group 3 success at Ascot on Saturday, was among them. Bidding through agent Mags O'Toole, he paid 105,000gns for a Pivotal filly bred by Andrew Cohen's Wood Hall Stud and sold by Trickledown Stud.

She is set to race for the Bewitched partnership of O'Brien's mother Jacqueline and sister Sue Magnier. "My mother got a great kick out of being there on Saturday and we'll put Bewitched away now and look forward to next season," said O'Brien. "I loved this filly and she has a good page as well."

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