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Motivator colt tops Milan yearling sale finale

SGA SELECTED YEARLING SALE DAY 2 COMPARATIVE FIGURES (€)
Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 176 160 100 1,065,500 10,655 9,000
2008 141 125 84 819,500 9,756 7,000
SGA SELECTED YEARLING SALE overall FIGURES (€)
Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 319 293 180 3,340,500 18,558 21,500
2008 264 241 161 3,754,500 23,320 13,000

DOMESTIC buyers were busy during Tuesday's second and final session of the SGA Selected Yearling Sale in Milan, traditionally the weaker of the two on pedigrees, resulting in an upswing in aggregate, average and median figures for the day.

Though the clearance rate was slightly lower than last year – 63 per cent compared with 67 per cent – turnover rose 30 per cent from €819,500 to €1,065,500, the average increased by nine per cent from €9,756 to €10,655, and the median went up by 28 per cent from €7,000 to €9,000.

Trainer Roberto Brogi, also breeder of top-class SGA yearling graduate Rip Van Winkle, struck for the top lot, a €38,000 Motivator colt from the immediate family of Italian Classic-placed pair Storm Mountain and LadyStorm.


Next best was a Tiger Hill half-sister to Listed scorers Zenone and Luna Nel Pozzo, who was snapped up by Scuderia Blueberry for €30,000.

Pinhooker Con Marnane provided a rare strike fora foreign buyer on the second day, adding a €21,000 Exceed And Excel colt from the excellent family of Authorized and Green Dancer to his haul of three yearlings bought on Monday.

The upturn in receipts seen on the second day could not save overall receipts at the sale, and steep declines in the first session left their scar. Turnover was down by 11 per cent and the average was down by a fifth. One glimmer of light was the median, which increasedby 65 per cent.

 

 

 

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