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UK Tatts Yearlings: $361k Pivotal Colt

Tuesday, 24th November 2009

Agent Amanda Perrett (buying for owner John Connolly, whose flag-bearer Tungsten Strike was retired after running at Ascot in September) paid 190,000 guineas (A$361,000) for a colt by Pivotal (out of Grand Lodge mare Grandalea) consigned from Brendan Morrin’s Pier House Stud in Ireland. The sale represented a massive pin-hooking return: the colt (from the family of Red Bloom & Ibn Bey) was previously purchased by Morrin at the 2008 Tattersalls December Foal Sale for just 16,000 guineas (A$30,400). Morrin told racingpost.com: “He was always a great mover as a foal & he just did very well over the summer. He was meant to come here for Book 2 of the October Sale, but had a bit of a temperature & he ended up as a bit of a standout today. We knew he was a lovely horse, but would have been delighted if he'd made even 70,000 guineas (A$133,000) or 80,000 guineas (A$152,000).” And Perrett commented: “John's (Connolly) been a great supporter & gets a couple of nice young horses each year. This was a lovely big, rangy horse & I'm delighted to get him. We'd been looking at the earlier yearling sales for something by a good stallion from a decent family, but unfortunately we kept meeting Sheikh Mohammed & Sheikh Hamdan & I think we'd have had trouble buying this colt at those sales.”

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