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Harris bows out with completion of Pendley Farm Stud dispersal; PEOPLE AT THE SALES.

Byline: Nancy Sexton

THE bloodstock industry has said goodbye to Bloomsbury and Burton Agnes Studs this week, and another will be added to the list this morning when Hanging On takes her turn in the ring. The mare will be the last of 43 horses sold during the past ten days by Genesis Green Stud as part of a dispersal on behalf of Peter Harris's Pendley Farm Stud.

Harris entered racehorse ownership in 1972 and, following the purchase of foundation mares Connaught Bridge and Sing Softly, went on to breed, campaign and in some cases train high-class runners such as Primo Valentino, his Group 2-winning half-sister Dora Carrington and, most recently, Walter Swinburn's stalwart Stotsfold.

A granddaughter of Sing Softly, Listed-placed Flora Trevelyan, proved the star turn when selling for 270,000gns to Richard Frisby. Other highlights of the draft, which has turned over nearly 1.9 million gns up to today, included the 220,000gns sale of Eagle Mountain's half-sister Anna Pallida to Tim Stakemire and an Oasis Dream yearling colt out of Listed winner Arbella who will join Harris's son-inlaw Swinburn after selling for 75,000gns.

Although Pendley Farm will no longer be home to any breeding stock, Harris's green, yellow and red silks will continue to be in action.

Genesis Green Stud manager Michael Swinburn said: "Peter felt now was the right time to sell but he's kept some horses in training with Walter, ones he thought could end up rated above a certain figure.

"He has been very successful, almost in a sneaky way. Some people here have said they didn't realise how many good horses he bred until they saw the catalogue. He would only use proven stallions and his horses would live out night and day. Not many would see a box until it was time to break them."

Each horse was sold without reserve and Swinburn believes some lots represented good value for money as a result, saying: "Some have sold better than others. If there was one I was disappointed in, it was Marzelline [170,000gns to Toyomitsu Hirai] as she was Grade 1-placed. And some of the yearlings perhaps slipped through the net.

"The top end is strong; it's rich people enjoying their hobby. But the market end is in a desperate state. It seems that everybody wants to be involved in racing but they don't want to put a saddle on their backs. There's only one reason - prize-money."

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 2, 2010
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