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Sumora: a winner of two races including the Listed St Hughes Stakes

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Maybe's dam Sumora raises the roof at 2.4m

AN ELECTRIC few hours at Tattersalls' December Sale on Tuesday were headed by Maybe's dam Sumora, who sold in front of a packed auditorium in Newmarket last night for 2.4 million gns.

The nine-year-old, also a three-parts sister to this season's Oaks heroine Dancing Rain, was bought by the 1,000 Guineas favourite's part-owners Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor.

Bidding for the mare kicked off at 500,000gns and Seamus Burns and the Tsui family's manager John Clarke soon pushed her price into seven figures. M V Magnier, bidding for Smith and Tabor, joined in and faced his final opposition from Hong Kong-based breeder Paul Makin.

"These sort of mares are very rare, you've got Maybe and the Oaks winner there on the page," said Magnier. "She has been bought for Michael and Derrick and we were hoping not to have to pay that much. She'll be going to Galileo."

On the highest grossing day at a European sale for four years, Magnier had earlier seen off Liam Norris to get Moonlight Cloud's dam Ventura for 900,000gns, again on behalf of Smith and Tabor. She will be among Pour Moi's first book of mares at Coolmore next year.

The 13-year-old had been bought for 260,000gns in the same ring 12 months ago by David Redvers on behalf of the Al-Thani family's Qatar Bloodstock before Moonlight Cloud's Group 1 victory.

Authorized's owners Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar were others with a seven-figure budget and, bidding through their racing manager Tony Nerses, they went to 1.3 million gns to see off Tom Ryan of S F Bloodstock for Pearling, a five-year-old full-sister to Giant's Causeway offered with a Galileo covering. She was consigned for John Sikura's Hill n' Dale Holdings from Highclere Stud.

"She is an excellent addition to our broodmare band. She had everything we wanted, substance, a good page and great bloodlines. We need this sort of blood on our stud, she's higher end," said Nerses. The mare's buyers own Blue Diamond Stud at Tuddenham, near Newmarket.

The 11-year-old Mrs Marsh will see her son Canford Cliffs while visiting Galileo at Coolmore after being sold by Highclere Stud, acting for S F Bloodstock, for 850,000gns. Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland saw off Larry Stratton, Ed Sackville and finally US breeder Greg Goodman for the 11-year-old, offered with a Dansili cover.

"She was a lovely mare," said Nicoll. "I saw Canford Cliffs the other day and he is a lovely-looking horse. Her yearling sold well and her foal is good as well. She is going to Ireland for an overseas client who had been looking for a mare to go to Galileo and that is what she will be doing."

Another mare already covered by Galileo, Termagant's dam Rock Salt, headed a dispersal from Denis O'Flynn's Iona Equine when realising 800,000gns. She was bought by Charlie-Gordon Watson on behalf of Nurlan Bizakov, owner of Hesmonds Stud in Sussex.

Some publicity-shy clients of Chris Budgett's Kirtlington Stud inOxfordshire paid 700,000gns for the five-year-old Jane Eyre, a daughter of Albanova offered in foal to Sea The Stars. A 2.4 million euros yearling, she was unplaced on her only start for Aidan O'Brien.

"The people I have bought her for have been clients for six years and they were underbidders on her as a yearling at Goffs. She is meant to be carrying a filly, which was a real incentive to buy her," said Budgett, whose clients bid through Will Edmeades.




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