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Average drops
by two-fifths on
day one of Book 3

CHAPTER three of Tattersalls' marathon October Yearling Sale got underway in Newmarket yesterday as business stepped down another level at a day in which the highlights were well spaced out.
The 11,500gns average was 18 per cent down on last year, while the clearance rate of 68 per cent was similar to 2007.

Fine pin-hooking result for Mascalls Stud

A Kheleyf colt who realised 10,500gns when bought by Susan Hearn's Mascalls Stud at Tattersalls in February rose in value eight months later when reoffered from Peter Stanley's New England Stud.
And he could have another date with the Newmarket auctioneers in April after being knocked down to Italian agent Marco Bozzi for 72,000gns.
"He's been bought for a client in Italy who is thinking of sending him back here for the breeze-ups. He was a very active walker and the sire has done very well everywhere this year, including Italy," said Bozzi, who prevailed in a battle with Rabbah Bloodstock's Jono Mills for the colt. Tom Goff and breeze-up consignor Jim McCartan were others to show their interest.

Rakti catches Richardson's eye
A member of Rakti's first crop was another youngster with a big following and will join Mick Channon after being boughtfor 60,000gns by Gill Richardson.
The colt was bred by the QCs Jeremy Gompertz, who was celebrating his 71st birthday yesterday, and Patrick Milmo at their Corner Farm Stud near Shaftesbury. The pair have eight mares together.
"I saw a Rakti filly at Deauville and have wanted to buy one by the sire all year. This colt looked a natural athlete," said Richardson after outbidding agent Dermot Farrington.
"I remember this day last year they were a very good collection of horses but the quality is just not there this time. I'd have bought more today if the horses were there but it's lacking real racy sorts. People need to stop breeding from some of these mares and hopefully the credit crunch will sort that out."
Richardson also bought the very last lot on offer, a Pastoral Pursuits colt consigned from Kingwood Stud, to join Channon at a cost of 52,000gns.

Highly Favourable sales terms
A full-brother to the 2004 Nassau Stakes winner Favourable Terms made 55,000gns when bought by Saeed Manana, one of the Dubai owners whose interests are managed by Rabbah Bloodstock.
"He was a solid stamp of a colt by a good stallion in Selkirk and he's likely to be trained in Newmarket," said Rabbah's stud director Jono Mills.
Trainers Paul Cole and Richard Hannon duelled over the fate of an Orpen filly early into the day when offered from Eddie O'Leary's Lynn Lodge Stud.She will head to Whatcombe after a successful bid of 45,000gns from Cole.

Galileo colt fetches 48,000gns
There was only one Galileo in the catalogue, a colt whose Danehill dam Yding never raced for owners Derek and Jean Clee when in training with Henry Cecil. Richard Tucker signed for the Catridge Farm Stud-consigned chesnut at 48,000gns

BBA Germany buys active pedigree
MeanwhileLena Mueller of BBA Germany was hoping for a quick pedigree update for a 31,000gns daughter of King's Best she bought from Somerset-based Ashbrittle Stud to join trainer Andreas Loewe. The filly's half-sister All Annalena runs in a Group 3 at Baden-Baden next week.

The sale concludes today with pre and post-racing sessions starting at 10am and 5.30pm.

 

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