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UK Tatts Day-1: $1.04m Rock Of Gibraltar Colt

Thursday, 20th April 2006

Meanwhile in the UK early this morning (Australian time), Irish agent Peter Doyle (acting for Dermot O'Rourke, new owner of Newmarket's historic Plantation Stud) out-bid Northern Farm's Shunsuke Yoshida & paid top price (& 2nd highst ever price at a European breeze-up) of 400,000 guineas (A$1.04m) for a colt from the 1st cop of Coolmore stallion Rock Of Gibraltar (out of Caerleon mare Sabreon) during the opening session at the 2-day Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale. The colt (consigned from Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables) will join Henry Cecil at his Warren Place stables in Newmarket & represented a major pin-hooking result for Browne, who purchased him for 165,000 guineas (A$429,000) at Part I of the 2005 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. His dam Sabreon is a half-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Landseer.

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