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USA KEENELAND'S September Yearling sale started with a bang on Sunday after an A P Indy colt sold for $4.2million (pounds 2.7m), the highest price at the sale since 2006.

The striking colt, who is out of Zenyatta's Grade 1-winning sister Balance, duly lived up to his billing as the star lot when selling to Ben Leon of Besilu Stables.

Leon outbid Coolmore's John Magnier and trainer Bob Baffert for the colt and was thrilled to walk away with what he called "the perfect horse".

"He has the pedigree to be a superstar, he's got size - he's got everything. I want to be a part of racing for a long time to come and to actually walk away with a colt like this on my first trip to Keeneland is thrilling," Leon said. THE DISTINGUISHED Phipps Stable, in whose black and cherry colours Buckpasser, Personal Ensign and Easy Goer raced, will be offering mares at this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale, held on November 8-20 in Lexington.

The consignment will be sold through Claiborne Farm, which has been associated with the Phipps family for many years.

"The decision to sell some of our horses was made as part of the n o r m a l c o u r s e o f s t a b l e management," said Daisy Phipps Pulito, who assists her father Ogden with stable operations. "My family remains fully invested in the thoroughbred industry." LANE'S END Stud owner Will Farish has said that his star stallion Kingmambo (below) has probably covered his last mare, due to a neck problem. The son of Mr Prospector and Miesque won the Poule d'Essai des Poulains in 1993 along with the St James's Palace Stakes and the Prix du Moulin in the Niarchos family colours, before a hugely successful stud career.

Farish described him as "one of the best stallions of all time".

His runners include El Condor Pasa, Alkaased, Rule Of Law, Virginia Waters, Russian Rhythm, Divine Proportions, and among his stallion sons in Europe and the USA are King's Best, Henrythenavigator, Archipenko and Lemon Drop Kid.

France GROUP 3-winning filly Evading Tempete is among 54 horses entered for the Arqana Arc sale at Saint-Cloud on the eve of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, on October 2. Evading Tempete, a three-yearold daughter of Dubai Destination, has developed into a high-class three-year-old, winning the Group 3 Premio Regina Elena and finishing placed in the Prix Imprudence and Istanbul Trophy.

Other high-class horses catalogued for the Arc sale include promising juvenile filly Mambia and Surfrider, a two-year-old colt by Dansili.

George Kimberley
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 16, 2010
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