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Native Khan - Newmarket 07.07.10

Native Khan: a 180,000gns graduate of the 2010 Tattersalls Craven Sale

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Tatts Craven breeze-up

CONFIDENCE that the juvenile market is beginning to stabilise started to return last month when the first British breeze-up of the year, the Goffs Kempton Breeze-up, returned much improved figures. With some vendors still riding high from that sale, there is hope that the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sale, which starts its two-day run tomorrow at 6pm, will follow suit.

A number of leading agents and trainers gathered at a windy Rowley Mile today to watch the 175 remaining two-year-olds go through their paces. The Craven Sale has relied heavily on expenditure from Sheikh Mohammed in the past - he purchased at least 1.5 million guineas worth of stock through an array of agents in 2010 - so it was no surprise to see a number of his team present.

Also present were agents such as the powerful duo of Peter and Ross Doyle, Bobby O'Ryan, Tom Goff , Richard Frisby and Larry Stratton. Trainers Clive Brittain, Mark Johnston, William Knight and Stan Moore were in also evidence as were several parties from Japan and Hong Kong and representatives of potential big spenders Andrew Tinkler and Sir Robert Ogden.

With Tattersalls handing out free stopwatches, several onlookers took the opportunity to time each lot.

The majority of horses breezed solo and without mishap. Among the colts who could take high order are two Medaglia d'Oro youngsters (47 and 78), a Cape Cross out of Group 3 winner Miss Sally (48), a Gone West from the family of Grade 1 winner Peace Rules, a Dark Angel half-brother to Glamorous Spirit (82), a Distorted Humor out of Grade 3 winner Stupendous Miss and a Dylan Thomas out of a half-sister to Rock Of Gibraltar (107). The last named topped the 2009 Goffs Foal Sale when knocked down to Hideyuki Mori for €200,000.

An Oasis Dream half-sister to Foodbroker Fancy (74) and a Giant's Causeway from the family of Raven's Pass (139) were among the fillies to go well.

Thomond O'Mara of Knockanglass Stables, who sold last season's Windsor Castle Stakes winner Marine Commando here last year, offers11 this time around including popular lots by Dalakhani, Invincible Spirit, Proud Citizen and Royal Applause.

He was cautiously optimistic following the breeze, saying: "I've got a lovely bunch of horses and there's a lot of people looking, perhaps more than in other years. Some of mine are going down really well, so I'm hopeful."



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