From the Sales Ring: 10,500gns Paris House colt the top attraction.
DONCASTER'S largest-ever October Yearling Sales continued yesterday with a solid number of lots changing hands at all levels, if not at extravagant prices.
Richard and Sally Aston's Goldford Stud, which achieved a record price at this sale when getting 35,000gns for a Grand Lodge filly 12 months ago, headed proceedings yesterday with a Paris House colt who realised 10,500gns.
Lancashire-based owner John Crosier signed the buyer's ticket after seeing off jockey Dean McKeown for the chestnut, who was foaled on Valentine's Day.
"He will go into training, but I don't know where. I don't have any in training at the moment-this is a new venture for me," said Crosier.
As on Wednesday, the various European contingents provided a valuable outlet for many vendors with Italian agent Marco Bozzi also hitting the five-figure mark when giving 10,000gns for a Perugino colt, who showed a good pinhooking profit for his vendor, Battlefield Stud.
Out of In Tranquility, an unraced half-sister to Tagula, he was also on the shopping list of Greek buyer Dimitris Toulis and Irish agent Gerry Cully, but heads to Armando Renzoni's stable.
"He looks a real two-year-old and his two-year-old half-sister is very promising," said Bozzi, referring to Lady Alruna, who has been third on two occasions for Peter Makin. The colt had been bought for just 5,000gns at last month's St Leger Yearling Sales.
Another to have been through both of Doncaster's principal Flat yearling sales-and thereby qualify for two sales races-was a Forzando colt offered early in the day by equine vet Jenny Hall.
The youngster had made 6,000gns at the St Leger Sales and had increased in value by 2,000gns by the time Hall's partner Kevin McAuliffe had seen off trainer Charlie Booth.
"He was bought for an owner, although I am associated with Jenny, and is a very nice horse, who we thought might make 10,000gns," said McAuliffe.
Booth did not leave empty-handed, later picking up a 6,500gns Wolfhound filly, whose family has improved in standing since her last Doncaster appearance.
She had made just 700gns when sold from Cliveden Stud in January but, since then, her two-year-old half-sister Fraulein has won twice and finished fifth to Gossamer in the Group 1 Fillies' Mile.
A first-crop Desert Story colt, who made 14,000gns as a foal and was unsold at 12,000gns at the St Leger Sales, is likely to have another date at Doncaster next spring after selling to Gerry Cully for 7,500gns.
"I'll take him back home and prepare him for the breeze-up sales. He didn't seem too expensive," said Co Cork-based Cully. Others keen on the colt included noted breeze-up vendor, Mark Dwyer, and trainer Alan Berry.
The latter's purchases were headed by a 7,000gns Eagle Eyed filly bought from Piercetown Stud in Co Meath.
"She seemed a nice early sort, who will hopefully make a two-year-old. I just need an owner," said Berry.
The sale concludes today with sessions before and after racing, beginning at 10am and 5.15pm.