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Special Duty Wins the 1000 Guineas from Jacqueline Quest Newmarket 02.05.2010

Jacqueline Quest: set to visit Galileo after selling for 600,000gns

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Gordon-Watson secures Quest at 600,000gns

LAST year's 1,000 Guineas first-past-the-post Jacqueline Quest starred in Newmarket on Wednesday when selling for 600,000gns to top the penultimate session of Tattersalls' December Sale.

Charlie Gordon-Watson, taking instructions from Coolmore's Paul Shanahan, saw off a determined Shensuke Yoshida from Japan-based Northern Farm to get the filly, who was disqualified and placed second in the Newmarket classic having been found gulilty of causing interference.

"She is a Guineas winner in everything but name and I am not surprised she made what she did," said Gordon-Watson, who could not name the filly's new owner. "She's for a private client and she is going to becovered by Galileo."

Yoshida, who on Tuesday paid 1.7 million gns for the broodmare Reve D'Iman, did get a classic winner earlier in the day when paying 390,000gns for the 2009 Italian 1,000 Guineas heroine My Sweet Baby.

Yoshida, whose father Katsumi owns Northern Farm, faced stiff opposition from John Warren and Newsells Park Stud’s manager Julian Dollar before landing the five-year-old, offered from her owner/trainer Fawzi Nass’s Aislabie Stud.

"She is an Italian classic winner with a good pedigree but more than that she was an attractive mare," said Yoshida. "We have a few options on the stallion front for her but she could go to Deep Impact."

Many of the best mares owned by Plantation Stud were in the sale and the pick of them was predictably the 13-year-old Guaranda, a half-sister to Fame And Glory who is also the dam of Lillie Langtry Stakes winner Gravitation and a Galileo colt foal who was bought by Demi O’Byrne for 375,000gns on Friday in Newmarket.

A duel for the Acatenango mare between agents Ed Sackville and Cathy Grassick was brought to a rapid conclusion when Charlie Gordon-Watson, standing with the Coolmore team in the entrance gate, came in with a single decisive bid of 250,000gns.

"I was underbidder on her foal last week and I thought he was the nicest foal in the whole sale," said Gordon-Watson. "She was a very nice straightforward mare and has been bought for a private client in Ireland."

The well-connected Don’t Forget Faith, who finished second in the 2007 Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket and went onto a career in the US, is set to join the broodmare ranks at Highclere Stud after selling for 210,000gns to John Warren.

"We’ve been looking to buy a couple of mares to go to Paco Boy and this was just a very good race mare," said Warren. Don’t Forget Faith had been covered by Elusive Quality in February.

Hong Kong-based Paul Makin may have missed out on the sale-topping 2.4 million gns mare Sumora on Tuesday, but he did gain a slightly less-expensive addition to his broodmare band.

Bidding through Tom Pritchard-Gordon of Blandford Bloodstock, Makin paid 180,000gns for the 17-year-old Tahara, the dam of last year’s Prix de l’Abbaye heroine Gilt Edge Girl, who he bought privately last autumn.

"We bought Gilt Edge Girl last year and she's in foal to Oasis Dream," said Pritchard-Gordon. "We have mother and daughter now and hope they can help each other. Tahara is 17-years-old but she looks fantastic - everything about her is perfect and she only came out of the field ten years ago.

"She's done it all plus she's a very fertile mare - she's never missed a year and seems to get in foal on one cover every year. She'll go back to Mountain View Stud and I suspect the Acclamation she is carrying will be kept to race."




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