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Bloodstock Desk: Huffer gets best of battle with Osborne for Namid filly.

Byline: Michael Clower

GEOFF HUFFER, underbidder for a E90,000 Danehill Dancer filly on Tuesday, finally got what he was looking for on the final day of the Tattersalls (Ireland) September Yearling Sale at Fairyhouse yesterday.

The subject of his attentions was a daughter of Namid, whose progeny have done so well in his first season, sent up by Judy Dene from her Kilteelagh Stud at Dromineer, near Nenagh. The filly is a half-sister to four winners and her granddam was a half-sister to the Kilteelagh-bred Middle Park winner Cajun.

Jamie Osborne also had her in his sights and, at E60,000, auctioneer Alastair Pim seemed on the point of knocking the filly down to him, but Huffer was only just starting and at E66,000 Osborne shook his head. He briefly changed his mind, but at E70,000 he declined Pim's offer a second time and the hammer came down.

Huffer said: 'I don't want to say who she's for, but I thought she was a lovely filly, best in the sale, and she looks a speedy, racy sort.'

Attendance was well down on the first two days but prices were good, and the average was E12,171 compared with E5,503 12 months ago when this day was designated as an open session.

The average price for the three-day sale was 25 per cent up at E17,452, quite an achievement even allowing for the smaller catalogue. That resulted in a drop in turnover, but the increased average and median follow the sharply upward trend set by Doncaster and augur well for the big sale at Goffs next week.

Chairman Edmond Mahony said: 'Quality yearlings have sold particularly well throughout and this sale has made excellent strides over the last three years.'

The auctioneers also succeeded in quickening the rate of sale this week, even though the company denied that this was intentional. The men on the rostrum still have quite some way to go before they reach the speed of impressario Nick Nugent, but the increase in tempo has really livened up the atmosphere.

Peter Savill is not normally a man you expect to see in the Fairyhouse arena, but the former BHB chairman was here to buy a nice filly by his Racing Post Trophy and 1995 Prix du Jockey-Club winner Celtic Swing. Out of the winning Nashwan mare Hishmah, the filly was consigned by Sunnyhill Cottage and Savill went to E56,000 to get her.

He said: 'She's a lovely sort with good bone and real quality. She looks as if she'll need a bit of time but she has plenty of scope.'

Breeze-up king Con Marnane paid E48,000 for a nice son of Cape Cross consigned by John Tuthill's Owenstown Stud. The colt is from the immediate family of Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Sheikh Albadou.

Marnane said: 'He's the most athletic horse here, his sire is on fire and his dam was quite highly rated. I will sell him at the Newmarket breeze-up.'
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Date:Sep 24, 2004
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