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Japanese money boosts Barretts March Sale

Barretts March2yo Sale comparative figures ($)
 Year  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  100  68  68  6,215,000  91,397  60,000
 2009  81  51  63  6,285,500  123,245  80,000

JAPANESE participation boosted the Barretts March Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in California on Monday.

Buoyed by the success of past graduates in Japan such as Group 1 winners Suni and Testa Matta, veterinarian Chikura Takahashi made the return trip to California to purchase four horses on behalf of Katsumi Yoshida worth $1.135 million led by the $475,000 sale-topper.

However,Takahashi's expenditure aside, the sale was tough going for some vendors. Although Barretts sold 17 more horses than last year, the overall aggregate dropped to $6,215,000. The average fell 26 per cent to $91,397 and the median declined 25 per cent to $60,000. The results were particularly disappointing given the upturn in trade recently experienced at the Fasig-Tipton Calder and OBS March Select sales in Florida.

One bright spot of the day's trade was the clearance rate, which improved to 68 per cent.

Darley rarely shop at this sale and appeared not to do so again but Demi O'Byrne was active, going to $450,000 for the second highest-priced two-year-old of the day, a colt by Stormin Fever. The half-brother to Monmouth Park track-record holder Kickapoo ran the co-fastest furlong of :9.8 seconds during Friday's breeze and is likely to be trained by Todd Pletcher.

Aided by Emmanuel Seroux of Narvick International, Takahashi secured the $475,000 sale-topping colt by Unbridled's Song from Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables consignment. Dunne and fellow consignor Murray Smith paid $225,000 for the colt, bred on the successful Unbridled's Song - Storm Cat cross, at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale.

Takahashi, who formerly acted as chairman to Sheikh Mohammed's Japanese operation, also paid $335,000 and $200,000 for sons of the first-crop sires A P Warrior and Henny Hughes. All will ship out to Japan after clearing quarantine in April.

The top price was surpassed once when a half-sister to last season's Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes winner I Want Revenge reached$975,000 just six lots into the sale. It later transpired that the daughter of Tale Of The Cat had been bought back by owner David Lanzman.




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