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Miss Keller: the Grade 1 winner was bought by Australian Paul Fudge

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Miss Keller tops day one of December mare sale

LAST month's E P Taylor heroine Miss Keller headed trade on Monday's opening day of the December breeding stock sale at Tattersalls when selling for 625,000gns to Australian breeder Paul Fudge.

The five-year-old travelled from Roger Attfield's Canadian stable and was knocked down to Fudge's advisor Michael Goodbody after he had seen off first Cormac McCormack and then representatives of Japan's K I Farm.

"She's for [Fudge's] Waratah Thoroughbreds and won't race again. She is going to stud," said Goodbody. Fudge, who keeps his European mares in France, hit the headlines at Deauville in August when buy ing the €1.7 million sale-topping Galileo filly.

Miss Keller was offered as part of a consignment from Case Clay's
Kentucky-based Three Chimneys Sales and the vendor was philosophical about the price.

"We thought she might bring slightly more than that but the underbidder stopped and the market decided that was what she was worth," said Clay, whose other high-profile offering, Intense Focus's dam Daneleta, failed to find a buyer at 400,000gns.

A string of overseas buyers were keen to secure Dorcas Lane, who finished third in this year's Ribblesdale Stakes and Lancashire Oaks for Lucy Wadham, but she is set to be a flagbearer for David Lanigan's new base at Kingsdown Stables in Lambourn.

Bjorn Nielsen, who has bought the yard, struck the successful bid of 475,000gns after seeing off Charlie Gordon-Watson, French agent David Powell, Alastair Donald and finally Ed Sackville, sitting with Singapore-based trainer Cliff Brown.

"She'll stay in training and is going to David, who moves into the yard on Wednesday," said Nielsen, who bid through adviser Jeremy Brummitt. "Hopefully David can get a bit more improvement out of her and her pedigree is a nice outcross when we come to breed from her.

"I'm going to have 15-17 horses with David and he has got a good cross-section of yearlings and older horses at the yard."

Among those bought by Japanese buyers was this year's Windsor Forest Stakes heroine Lolly For Dolly, who had many fanciers. She realised 500,000gns by the time representatives of J S Company saw off Adrian Nicoll, the National Stud's Brian O'Rourke and finally Robert Nataf.

"She was our pick of theday as we were particularly looking for a maiden (breeding prospect). She will be covered by Deep Impact or Workforce," said J S Company's Keisuke Onishi.

Others heading to the Far East include the well-connected five-year- old Quelle Vitesse, bought for 360,000gns by Katsuhiko Hirai's Eishin Farm and Rumpelstiltskin's three-parts sister Catherineofaragon, who made 300,000gns when sold with a Galileo cover. The three-year-old was bought by Tomoyuki Nakamura's K I Farm.

Fudge was far from the only antipodean visitor in Newmarket
and among those heading to the southern hemisphere was four-year- old Gipsy Countess, who will join Bruce Sherwin's Raffles Farm in New Zealand after being bought by agent Guy Mulcaster for 300,000gns.

"Raffles Farm came here last year and bought six and were happy with what they got," said Mulcaster. "The mare's Fastnet
Rock covering obviously helps for us but she was just a lovely type of mare. She'll foal up here and then head down under next year."




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