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Medaglia d’Oro Colt Lights Up Day Two In Sydney

Lydia Symonds | 06.04.2017

Lot 178

The $2,400,000 Purchase To Be Trained By Chris Waller

On a vibrant second day of trade at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale yesterday a son of Darley shuttler Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado) topped the session after being purchased by a partnership made up of Coolmore Stud, Stonestreet Farm, Aquis Farm / Blue Sky Bloodstock and Unifaith for $2,400,000 from the Yarraman Park Draft.

The bidding opened at $1,000,000, and the partnership had to fight off hot competition from Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum who was the underbidder.

Catalogued as Lot 178, the colt is the second foal out of General Nediym (Nediym) mare Hoss Amor, a mulitple Listed winner for trainer John O’Shea.

Among the colt’s other relations is the three-time Listed winner Loving Cup (Bluebird), who also ran third in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) and fellow Listed winner Celeris (Fusaichi Pegasus).

The bay colt is from the same family as Group One winner and now sire Sizzling (Snitzel), Group Three winner Written Dash (Written Tycoon) and Listed winners Laudemio (Alazo), Vintage Dash (Salmon Leap), Pittance (Snippets), Born To Fly (Mossman) and Fullazz (Redoute’s Choice).

Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland, who was representing Aquis Farm yesterday, told ANZ Bloodstock News that was impressed with this quality of the colt and rated him the best yearling at the sale.

“We thought he was the best colt in the sale. There has been a lot of talk about him. We got a group together with Coolmore, Stonestreet from America, Unifaith and, of course, Aquis Farm who I was representing,” Blaxland said.

“I thought he was a magnificent colt. Yarraman Park have been breeders for a long time here at Easter in Australia. They had the Magic Millions winner this year (Houtzen) and they are proven breeders. To us, he was the best horse in the sale.”

Blaxland said Chris Waller would train the colt with the aim of turning him into a stallion.

“There are a few partners in him. Chris loves the horse obviously as well. We paid a little more than we thought we would have to. There is stiff completion for these stallion prospects.”

Coolmore Stud’s Tom Magnier said it was the first time his organisation had partnered with Aquis Farm and Stonestreet Farm together, but was delighted to secure the top-priced colt of the sale so far.

“The Medaglia d’Oro colt was the first horse and he was bought in partnership with Aquis and Stonestreet Farm,” Magnier told ANZ Bloodstock News. “He is a lovely colt, a lovely moving horse and we are very excited to be a part of that fund.”

John Moynihan, bloodstock agent for American Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farms, told ANZ Bloodstock News was very excited about racing this colt in this partnership.

“We thought he was one of the best horses in the sale. We have had a lot of success with Medaglia back home with Rachel Alexandra and we knew he was going to cost a lot and we put together a group together to buy him and hopefully we will have some luck with him,” said Moynihan

“We have raced horses with Coolmore in the United States for quite some time, we have several horses with them and we actually have one horse back in the States with Justin, Julian and Aquis Farm currently now we have a two-year-old at the farm that we bought at Keeneland in September.

“So it’s not a new partnership in so far as we have all owned horses together It’s probably the first time we have all come together the three of us.

“We hope (to get a stallion). Any time you give that much money for a horse, it’s always better to spread the exposure and spread the risk.

“He looks like he’ll be early, he looks like he’ll be fast, of course when we give that kind of money, we hope he can become that one day. If he does become that one day, he will be an excellent horse to possible come back and forth from the United States too.

Moynihan was full of praise and admiration for Inglis and the high-class yearlings they had catalogued at this year’s sale.

“They have done a great job getting a great group of horses together. That reflects in the prices they’re getting for some of these horses. its one of the biggest international buying benches that I have ever seen. My hats off to them. I think it’s a lot of the reason we had to pay so much for the horse.”

Arthur Mitchell, who owns and runs Yarraman Park with his brother Harry, told ANZ Bloodstock News he was ecstatic to see the colt realise that price and expressed his delight that he would be going into training with Chris Waller.

“He’s a wonderful trainer, he will look after him, that’s good,” said Mitchell.

“He was obviously a very nice colt and luckily the major players here all wanted to buy him. The price exceeded our expectations but he was a really nice colt, he behaved well, paraded well, probably one of the stars of the sale so we were delighted with the price.

“We had him on the farm all the way through. He’s always been nice but he probably improved a lot in prep and he never put a foot out of place. He paraded well and is a lovely walker. We were very happy with the price and delighted with the buyers.”

Despite the catalogue being smaller than in former renewals, Mitchell was impressed with the quality and depth of this year’s yearlings as well as the buying bench.

“I think it is a very strong sale. I know it’s a small catalogue but I think it has been a very strong sale for anything that is nice, it’s sold very well. I think they’re having a wonderful sale, all the buyers are here from around the world and locally. I have to congratulate Inglis for putting on a good show.”

Mitchell was also delighted to see I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), whom he stands at his Yarraman Park property, doing so well at the sale this year. The sire was responsible for the second most expensive lot on the first day of the sale yesterday after James Harron purchased a colt by the sire for $1,600,000, a record price for a yearling by the Yarraman Park-based sire.

“I think I Am Invincible is now proven as one of the best sires. He is such a good type getter, I think he is just going to go on to bigger and better things,” said Mitchell.

At the end of day two, Yarraman Park is the leading vendor by average (with three or more lots sold) after selling seven yearlings across the two days for a total aggregate of $4,205,000 at an average of $600,714.


Snitzel Filly To Emirates Park Stud
After failing to break the seven figure barrier on the first day, it was not long before the in-form sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) joined that elite club during this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale yesterday, after Emirates Park Stud went to $1,700,000 to secure a filly from the Arrowfield Stud draft.

The filly, catalogued as Lot 310, is the third foal out of the dual Group One-winning Charge Forward (Red Ransom) mare Response, making her a half-sister to the Mick Price-trained two-time winner and stakes-placed Alter Call (Fastnet Rock).

Response herself is a half-sister to the dam of the Returntosender (Elusive City), who won the 2010 Queen Of The South Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m).

After fighting off fierce competition from a number of buyers, including Shadwell’s Angus Gold, Bryan Carlson of Emirates Park told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday that he was delighted to be leaving with the filly, but had not expected to pay quite that price for her.

“She looks an early type. She looked to be one of the star fillies of the sale and that proved to be the case in the sale ring. From the pedigree to the type she ticked every box,” said Carlson

“The aim with these top class fillies is for them to become part of that broodmare band at Emirates. We thought we would have got her for a little bit less than that, but when there is strong competition that’s what you have to do. It’s a very strong sale. We had to give up a few other fillies to buy this one. But to me she was the stand out of the sale.”

His Excellency Nasser Lootah, who owns Emirates Park, was very taken with the filly and believing she was the star yearling of the sale and was keen to get her started quickly.

“We think she is quality two-year-old, she’s got a lovely page and in our opinion she is the two-year-old of the sale and we hope to see her running early,” Lootah told ANZ Bloodstock News.

She has a very beautiful confirmation and we hope to see her early next season. She has a lovely page, she is already a broodmare!”

Response was purchased for $1,500,000 by Katsumi Yoshida at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm.  

“It’s great to achieve a wonderful result with the Snitzel-Response filly for our friends the Yoshidas, for whom we stand Real Impact and now Mikki Isle and Maurice,” said Jon Freyer, Arrowfield Stud’s Bloodstock manager to ANZ Bloodstock News.

“We congratulate Inglis on what is the final and most likely the most successful Newmarket sale ever.”

Having produced a filly by Snitzel last October, Reponse was again covered by the Arrowfield Stud-based sire.


Not A Single Doubt Goes For $1,250,000
Earlier in the afternoon, Arrowfield Stud had already broken the seven-figure barrier after a son of another of their resident sires Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) was purchased for $1,250,000 by Kevin Connolly on behalf of Domeland.  

Connolly told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday that son of Not A Single Doubt will not head into training with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

“Yes the stallion is flying and we like the horse, he is a very active horse” said Connolly

“He will go to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

“He has a lot of substance, quality horse and he will turn into a lovely three-year-old.

“I don’t know the female family terribly well. We just really liked the horse, pedigree is good. Type is very important to us, type is probably more important (than pedigree).”

Catalogued as Lot 298, the bay colt is the sixth foal out of the unraced Quiet American (Fappiano) mare Quiet Maggy and of her four foals to race two have been winners. These are headed by American Listed winner Topic (Discreet Cat), while her other winner is the two time winner and South African stakes-placed colt Mutamakkin (Redoute’s Choice), making the colt a three quarters brother to this son of Redoute’s Choice (Danehill).

Quiet Maggy herself is a half-sister to three-time Grade One winner and sire Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet), who was crowned Champion Three-Year-Old Colt in America in 2005, Listed winner Unforgettable Max (Northern Afleet) and the dam of Cash’s Girl (Northern Afleet), who won four races in Listed company.

Further back the colt is from the same family as Grade One winner Qualique (Hawaii) who is this colt’s third dam.

This was the most expensive Not A Single Doubt ever sold and Arrowfield’s Bloodstock manager Jon Freyer, was delighted that the stallion had achieved this feat.

“We’re thrilled to see Not A Single Doubt have his first million-dollar yearling, he’s a terrific story for everyone involved with him,” said Freyer.

Arrowfield Stud, last year’s leading vendors, are leading the way again this year by aggregate, after selling 25 lots for a total of $10,355,000 at an average of $414,200.

Meanwhile, the other yearling by Not A Single Doubt offered at the sale was a colt and was purchased by Tony Vasil Training Services for $480,000.


Good Day For Exceed And Excel
Darley-based Exceed And Excel (Danehill) was sitting at the top of the leading sires table by aggregate at the close of day two, with 11 lots by him having been sold for a total of $6,670,000 at an average of $606,364 with the most expensive of these being a filly who was purchased by Hawkes Racing for $1,200,000.

The Middlebrook Valley consigned-filly, who was catalogued as Lot 294, is the seventh foal out of the six time-winning Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Prophet Jewel, making the filly a half-sister to this season’s Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Divine Prophet (Choisir), who was trained by Team Hawkes. The filly is also a half-sister to 2012 Spring Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) winner and dual Group One-placed young sire Proisir (Choisir).

Further back she is from the same family as Group Three winner Idea (Grosvenor) and Listed winner Perpetual Check (Grosvenor).

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told ANZ Bloodstock News he was delighted to be buying back into the family that the training partnership have already had proven success with.

“Obviously we trained the half-brother to win the Caulfield Guineas. We just thought she was a lovely lovely filly and being by a great stallion in Exceed And Excel. It’s a strong market and we thought she was one of the good fillies in the sale,” said Hawkes.

“Hopefully she can be the filly that goes on to greatness like her two brothers have.”

Hawkes also said he was happy to secure the filly especially given the fierce competition, especially from the international side of the buying bench.

“The sale is strong, there is no doubt about that. Obviously the overseas people are here and they have certainly pushed it up, I wish they would all go home to be honest.

“It’s good for the industry but bad when you’re trying to buy, they have been very very strong. The top lots haven’t been easy to secure that’s for sure.”

Verna Metcalfe of Middlebrook Valley Lodge told ANZ Bloodstock News that, although the filly had warranted a lot of interest during the inspections, the sale result had massively exceeded her expectations.

“Great result awesome result for the owner. I was a bit shell shocked actually,” she said.

“She paraded and behaved like a professional. She walked around that ring and there was a colt going off behind her and she couldn’t have cared less. She is a tough, honest filly.

“It is fantastic that Hawkes Racing have bought her. She will get every opportunity and will have great residual value as a broodmare. The mare is in foal to Not A Single Doubt and she is going to Snitzel this year.

“I thought she would make between $600,000 – $800,000 because there was a lot of interest, a lot of X-ray hits. A lot of good judges back three and four times to look at her. She never paraded any different, always like a professional. Full credit to my staff for doing such a good job.”


$1,000,000 For Exceed And Excel Filly
Another by Exceed And Excel also realised seven figures yesteday, after a filly consigned by Bhima Thoroughbreds as agent, Lot 267, was purchased by Moody Racing for $1,000,000.

The filly is out of the Listed-placed Nureyev’s Girl (Nureyev) making the yearling a three-quarter sister to New Zealand One Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice), who was later trained by Moody to win the Memsie Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) and WH Stocks Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) as well as the recent Alister Clark Stakes (Gr 2, 2040m) winner Hardham (Redoute’s Choice). That colt, who was last seen running third behind Jon Snow (Iffraaj) in Saturday’s ATC Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2400m), begun his career with Moody.

The filly’s second dam produced Grade Three winner Hessonite (Freud), Listed winners Roanoke (Danehill), European Rose (Nureyev) and the dam of Group One winner and New Zealand’s 2010-2011 Champion Two-Year-Old Anabandana (Anabaa).

Moody was ecstatic to be be buying back into the well-bred family and told ANZ Bloodstock News that he would now wait to decide future plans for the bay filly.

“She is from a family that I have had a lot of success with. I trained King’s Rose and Hardham. King’s Rose, who has now got a foal in Japan, a very nice young stakes quality colt by Deep Impact going well so it’s an international family and she has a lot of upside as a racehorse,” said Moody.

“She is a nice running type of Exceed that we have come to expect and like I say, the family was the big attraction for me.

“I knew she was going to be popular and her brother has won a Group One and is Group One placed since the catalogue went to print so that was only going to enhance it. I’m very happy.

“She will go back to Victoria and play it by ear and decide where we are going to place her.”

Mike Fleming of Bhima Thoroughbreds told ANZ Bloodstock News was very happy with the results, and said he was encouraged to see the well-bred fillies making good prices at this year’s sale.

“It was a very good result obviously. She’s got a very international family now with not only what the mare herself here with Hardham who looks like he’s going to be a very good horse back on top of the ground in the spring,” Fleming said.

“King’s Rose has a very promising horse out of her who is running around in Japan and looks top level. Obviously with Peter’s connection with buying Hardham as a yearling and training King’s Rose for a period through her Australian career, he knows the family very well. I am sure she has gone to a very good place.

“The top end of the sale has been very strong. There has been big demand for those blue chip and well bred fillies so fantastic result.”

Bhima Thoroughbreds have sold 17 yearlings so far for $5,680,000 at an average of $334,118.


Perry Pays $1,000,000 For Daughter Of Zoustar
A daughter of first season sire Zoustar (Northern Meteor) proved popular yesterday, after she was purchased from the Edinglassie Stud, as agent, draft by Bruce Perry Bloodstock for $1,000,000.

The filly, catalogued as Lot 207, is the fourth foal out of the Listed-winning mare Listen Here (Elusive Quality) making her a three quarter sister to two stakes winners, Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor), who won the Caulfield Guineas, and Group Two winner Deep Field (Northern Meteor).

While, the filly’s other relations include, 2016 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Luna Rossa (Written Tycoon), fellow Group One winner Emerald Dream (Danehill) and Singapore Listed winner Knight’s Command (Pins).

It was no surprise to see Perry determined to leave the sale with the filly after having a long association with the filly’s family.

He purchased her dam, Listen Here, with Michael Wallace and the China Horse Club at last year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $3,400,000 and also bought the dam of the New Zealand Group One winner Luna Rossa for $52,500 at the same sale in 2013.

“I know the family well. We ended up buying the dam with Michael Wallace for China Horse Club and Bruce Neil’s Cressfield at the Magic Millions so I knew her well,” Perry told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“I originally bought Luna Rossa’s mother carrying Luna Rossa. I think I paid $50,000 for her, Luna Rossa was a Group One winner and a few years ago I bought Emerald Dream, I think she’s won one race and she went on to win Group One as well. I love the filly.

“Going on what they’re paying for the other fillies, I think she was cheap. She was one of the better value fillies at the sale and I think it time that will be drawn out.”

Given the money some of the other fillies had been making during the sale, Perry did admit he thought she would be a hard to buy.

“Expensive in saying that we have bought four and got the ones we wanted. You would rather pay a little bit more for the ones you want. I thought we had no chance buying her with what some of the others were making,” said Perry.

“(I think) she was a better filly than any of the others by a long way. Obviously everyone looks at them differently which is great, it gives you an opportunity and hopefully we have shopped well. She’s a nice filly for New Zealand.”

Mick Talty of Edinglassie Stud, who also consigned Listen Here at the Gold Coast last year, told ANZ Bloodstock News he was very happy with the result, although he had predicted she would go for around that figure.

“Bruce Perry was very keen on her and he ended up buying,” said Talty.

“We were expecting that price for her. We predicted she would go for anywhere between $800,000 to $1,000,000, so we’re obviously very happy. She handled the whole sale process very well. She’s a very relaxed filly mentally and she walked up and handled herself impressively.”

During the first two days of the sale, Edinglassie Stud sold five yearlings for $1,600,000 at an average of $320,000.


Well-Bred Fastnet Rock Proves Popular
Leading sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill) who has sired 13 stakes winners in Australasia so far this season, including the Group One winners Catchy and Awesome Rock, saw one of his sons realise $900,000 yesterday after being purchased by Aquis Farm, Tom Magnier, Blue Sky Bloodstock, Mayfair and Coolmore Stud.

The Kia Ora Stud-consigned colt, catalogued as Lot 185is the first foal out of multiple Listed winner Inglorious (Hennessy), who was crowned Canada’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in 2011.

Inglorious herself is out of Listed winner Noble Strike (Smart Strike), making her half-sister to Grade Three winner Dixie Strike (Dixie Union).

Further back the bay colt is from the same family as stakes winners Krieger (Lord At War), Green Noble (Green Dancer), Hattab Voladora (Dewan), Abigailthewife (Affirmed) and Skybound (Sky Classic).

Alex Kingston from Kia Ora stud was very pleased with the result for the colt, especially considering the colt was the first foal out the mare.

“Obviously a really good result for a first foal We bought the mare in America for US$1,350,000 and obviously it’s a good return on the first foal.

“He has been a standout since he was born as a top colt on the farm and he has developed into a fantastic physical type with a very very good walk. We are happy with the result.”

Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland said he was delighted to have bought the colt, especially after Fastnet Rock’s phenomenal results on the track this season.

“He is a marvellous horse who is out of a very good Canadian mare by Hennessy, the Fastnet Rock-Hennessy cross is proven to produce Group One horses,” Blaxland said.

“We partnered with Mayfair Bloodstock from South Africa and, of course, Aquis Farm and Coolmore.

“He is a lovely horse and a trainer is yet to be decided upon, but he looks a very sharp Fastnet Rock. Fastnet had five or six runners in the Blue Diamond this year.

“The old champ is having a resurgence I think with his early two-year-olds and this colt we thought he was very good.”

Blaxland said the first two days of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale had provided plenty of competition among buyers for quality horses.

“I think there is plenty of money here as there always is at Easter for the top five or ten per cent of the catalogue,” he said.

“We bid a lot of money on the Redoute’s Choice filly of Newhaven Park’s (on Day One) and we couldn’t get her, so we walked out of here empty handed. Early this morning we have been able to partner with some great organisations on two really nice colts, so today started a lot better than Day One.”


Lumosity’s Sister Sells For $850,000
Another daughter of the Coolmore-based stallion Fastnet Rock proved popular yesterday and looks set go into training with Lindsay Park after being purchased by Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland for $850,000.

Catalogued as Lot 214, the Coolmore Stud-consigned filly is the third living foal from Luminous Eyes (Bachelor Duke), making her a to a sister to the Robert Smerdon-trained 2015 Caulfield Sprint (Gr 2, 1000m) winner Lumosty.

Nicoll said the filly would now be trained by the partnership of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig at their Lindsay Park operation in Victoria.

The co-trainers have enjoyed success this season with two-year-olds by Coolmore Stud stallion Fastnet Rock, with these headed by Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Catchy and Chairman’s Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m) winner Formality.

Coolmore sold the filly’s half-sister Lumosty at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $185,000 to Flemington Bloodstock and Shane McGrath, Coolmore Australia’s bloodstock sales manager, said he had expected the filly to be sought after at this year’s sale, rating her a better yearling than her sister.

“We knew coming to the sale that the Luminous Eyes filly would be very popular. We brought her sister, Lumosty, to Easter a few years ago and she developed into a top-class sprinter for the late Phil Sly and this filly is arguably a better specimen than her.

“I understand that she will be trained by David Hayes, so hopefully she can be lucky and develop into another Catchy or Formality for her new connections.”


Yoshida Takes Frankel Colt Home
Frankel (Galileo) finished last year’s sale as the leading sire by average (with three or more sold) with the sire having four lots sold at an average of $865,000 and the Juddmonte Farms-based sire had two lots due to sell this year, with the most expensive of these being purchased by Japanese owner and breeder Katsumi Yoshida after he went to $850,000 to secure the colt.

The Glastonbury Farms consigned colt, catalogued as Lot 210, is the seond foal out of US Listed winner Lovetorn (Giant’s Causeway), herself a half-sister to the Group Three winner Lovemelikearock (Fastnet Rock).

Further back the colt is from the same family as Group One winning-sires Arazi (Blushing Groom) and Noverre (Rahy), who won the 2001 Sussex Stakes (Gr 1, 1m).

The colt now looks set to be trained in Japan, where his sire has already had success, most notably siring his first and only Group One winner when Soul Stirring won the Juvenile Fillies (Gr 1, 1600m) in December last year.

Northern Farm’s Tomo Tsuda said they would wait to decide who the colt would be going into training with.

“He was very strong and is a nice-bodied colt who is a good walker,” Tsuda told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“Last year we bought the filly Frankel from Cressfield and she is in training at the moment. She is going to Japan to Northern Farm.”

The other colt by Frankel, Lot 102, was purchased for $500,000 from the Strawberry Hill Stud draft by Dermot Farrington Bloodstock.


Webster Happy With ‘Healthy’ Results.
At the close of trade on day two Inglis reported that over the past two days 278 lots had sold. With 23 per cent fewer horses offered over the first two days of the sale compared to last year, the aggregate fell 2.5 per cent down from $81,832,500 to $79,740,000 this year.

The average was at $352,832, which was just over 24 per cent more than last year’s session and the median was up at $270,000 enjoying a 35 per cent rise on last year.

Buyers from NSW have accounted for almost 42 per cent of the spend at $33,090,000 on a par with the same point of the sale last year when 117 lots had been bought for $31,912,500. Victorian-based purchasers have spent $15,080,000 on 48 lots, or 19 per cent of the total spend so far this year, again comparable to the 2016 figure at the same stage having bought 68 lots for $13,875. International purchasers have also made their presence felt with Hong Kong-based purchasers spending $11,190,000 on 32 yearlings, while buyers from Ireland, Japan, China, the USA and South Africa have also made their presence felt. The Hong Kong spend is almost double what it was at the same stage of the sale in 2016 when buyers had spent $5,555,000 on 26 lots.

Proven sires have dominated, however, Widden Stud and Woodside Park’s Zoustar is the leading first season sire so far with eight lots by him having sold for $2,080,000 at an average of $260,000. Arrowfield Stud’s fellow first season sire Dundeel (High Chaparral) has had four lots sold for $705,000 at an average of $176,250.

One notable difference this year is that more fillies are featuring in the top lots. This year six of the top 11 lots are fillies. Last year, colts accounted for nine of the top 11 lots and only one filly sold for seven figures. So far at this year’s sale four of the six-figure lots have been fillies.

Mark Webster, Inglis’ Managing Director said the sale statistics highlighted the overall health of the industry.

“The diverse interest in racing and breeding across the globe is phenomenally strong at present and that is having a significant impact on overall figures,’’ Webster said.

“There are investors from all points of the globe at Newmarket this week, many working together to secure their chosen yearlings.

“It really does show the international interest and strength of our industry and that’s an exciting position to be in.’’

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