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UK Tatts Day-2: $1.625m Green Desert Colt
Meanwhile in the UK early this morning (Australian time), Hiroaki Akita (manager of Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm in Japan) out-bid agent Dick O'Gorman ("who has in the past helped Sheikh Mohammed's buying team") & paid a new European breeze-up sale record 625,000 guineas (A$1.625m) for a Green Desert colt (the 1st foal from Pennekamp mare & 2002 Gr3 Park Hill Stakes winner Alexander Three D) during the final session at the 2-day Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale in Newmarket, reported racingpost.co.uk. The colt (bred by Ryanair founder Dr Tony Ryan & consigned by Irishman Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables) had been bought-back for 310,000 guineas (A$806,000) as a yearling & his dam Alexander Three D is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winner Golden Apples. Akita commented: "He was the one we really wanted. We were very impressed by the canter on Tuesday, he was strong behind with a great punch, that's what we really liked. He won't be pushed at all & we haven't decided on a trainer yet." And Browne added: "I've had him since November & from Day 1 he gave me all the right signals. I knew he was a half-million sort of horse, but it's all about how much 2 people wanted him. I'm over the moon."