Less than 48 hours after Bushranger provided the St. Leger yearling sale with a third G1 Prix Morny (Fr-I) winner in as many years, the 2008 renewal of Doncaster’s flagship auction gets under way Aug. 26 in England. The number of horses cataloged, 500, for the three-day sale is the same as last year, when there was a record turnover of 15,008,600 guineas for 417 head sold. The 35,992-guinea average and 28,000-guinea median were also records.
This sale is often as much about individuals as pedigrees but some of the yearling with standout pages include lot 196, a Night Shift half-sister to this season’s Richmond Stakes (Eng-II) winner Prolific consigned from Westerlands Stud for breeder David Jamison. Lot 128 is a first-crop Pastoral Pursuits half-brother to last season’s Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) winner Dark Angel sold through Canice Farrell’s Knockatrina House Stud while lot 205 is a Compton Place half-brother to top sprinter and sire Kyllachy, offered from David Powell’s Catridge Farm Stud for breeder Wheelersland Studs.
There are several noticeably cheap pinhooks and one that should show a solid profit is lot 36, a Lucky Story half-sister to recent Lowther Stakes (Eng-II) runner-up Penny’s Gift. The filly cost just 1,700 guineas as a foal.
At the other end of the scale, lot 73 -- a Danehill Dancer colt, from a distinguished German family, offered from Charlie and Tracy Vigors’ Hillwood Stud -- cost 100,000 euros as a foal, as did lot 261, an Acclamation colt consigned by Rob Lloyd’s Cloverdale Bloodstock.
Other pricey foals include lot 130, a Compton Place colt offered from Peter Molony’s Rathmore Stud which made 60,000 guineas at Tattersalls in December, and lot 451, a Dubai Destination colt who was bought in for the same sum last year.