Sale finishes in style

  • Sale finishes in style
  • Sale finishes in style
  • Sale finishes in style

THE records continued to fall on the fourth and final day with a further eight lots selling for 100,000 guineas or more. A total of 149 lots were sold during the final session for 4,724,800 guineas, a rise of 28% on last year whilst the average and median rose 29% and 3% to 31,710 guineas and 20,000 guineas respectively. The four day sale saw a total of 740 lots sell for 31,420,400gns which was 30% up on the four day total last year and also a record turnover for the December Foal Sale. The average rose 25% to a record 42,460gns, whilst the median rose 15% to 23,000gns, also a new record. The top lot for the day was the Invincible Spirit colt out of the Celtic Swing mare Growling who was knocked down to John Ferguson for 220,000gns after he saw off a determined effort from Peter and Michelle Morgan of Carmel Stud. The colt was offered by the Irish National Stud on behalf of Italian breeder Giovanni Caiani. "I have just a small stud Agricola Del Parco and keep a few mares at home," said Caiani, "but the problems that Italian racing is experiencing are just too difficult. "There is not the quality of sires in Italy and although I have usually sold yearlings in Italy, I think my mares deserve their progeny to be sold here." It is a long developed pedigree developed by Caiani, who bought this foal's granddam Rafif in 2002 carrying to Soviet Star. That foal became Pressing, a multiple Group race winner, including twice being successful at Group One level. Caiani also holds the distinction of breeding Hurricane Fly, the dual Champion Hurdler and holder of the world record for the most Grade One wins at 17. "Giovanni is looking forward to this foal being his next top level winner!" smiled a delighted John Osborne of the Irish National Stud. Growling is in foal to Power, while ‘negotiations are underway’ regarding her returning to Invincible Spirit. Sheikh Mohammed’s advisor John Ferguson also signed for the second highest priced lot of the day when he went to 200,000gns to secure the Exceed And Excel colt out of Miss Brief. Consigned from Ballyhampshire Stud, the colt is a half-brother to the Listed winning Riskit For A Biskit and the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes second Crown Prosecutor. He was knocked down to Ferguson after he saw off underbidder Andrew Tinkler. "He has been a lovely foal since the day he was born," said consignor Edmond Kent. "It is a family we've had for a long time, I bought the granddam Preponderance. "The family has always crossed really well with Danehill line stallions, hence the Exceed And Excel covering. "It's been a great day, we've been lucky." The third highest price for the day was 180,000gns for the High Chaparral colt out of the Green Desert mare Penny Post. Consigned from Bob Lanigan’s Tullamaine Castle Stud, the colt is out of a sister to the Middle Park Stakes winner Zieten and Champion European Filly Blue Duster and was knocked down to Coolmore’s Paul Shanahan. The sire of the day on the final day of the December Foal Sale was Dutch Art whose eight foals to sell realised a total of 810,000gns and included four of the eight lots to sell for 100,000gns or more. The top priced of the foals by the Cheveley Park Stud-based stallion was the colt out of the Oasis Dream mare Alice Alleyne who was knocked down to Shadwell Estates’ Angus Gold for 160,000gns. The colt, whose dam is a sister to this year’s Group placed Avenue Gabriel, was consigned by Charlie Wyatt’s Dukes Stud on behalf of Dunchurch Lodge Stud.

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