Dascombe To Train Osarus Co-Top Lot

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The Gutaifan colt will race for Middleham Park Racing | Toby Jones/Twitter

The first horse through the ring at the concluding session of the Osarus Yearling Sale held his position as the leader throughout the day, ultimately gaining co-top lot honours at €50,000. 

The son of Gutaifan (Ire), bred and consigned as lot 141 by the sale's leading vendor Alain Chopard of Haras des Faunes, is out of the stakes-placed dual winner Senafe (GB) (Byron {GB}) from a family which includes the Group 1 winner Madame Chiang (GB) (Archipenko). He was bought by Toby Jones of TJ Bloodstock on behalf of Middleham Park Racing and will be sent to Britain to be trained by Tom Dascombe. 

With no yearling sale held at Osarus's complex at La Teste de Buch racecourse last year, comparisons in this year's trade against the markers of 2019 show a pronounced downturn in figures across all sectors. That said, the second session picked up a little from a slower start to the sale on Tuesday.

An overall clearance rate of 62.5% was attained from the sale of 164 of the 261 horses offered. Turnover of €1,767,000 was less than half the tally achieved two years ago, when the aggregate was just north of €4 million for 200 horses sold. The average dropped from €21,090 to €11,777 and the median was down to €9,000 from €17,000.

The top-priced filly of the sale was a member of the first crop of Haras du Logis stallion Cloth Of Stars (Ire). Consigned by Jedburgh Stud, lot 191 is out of the unraced Wheels Of Love (Ire) (Rip Van Winkle {Ire}), a half-sister to the Meydan Group 2 winner Frankyfourfingers (Fr) (Sunday Break {Jpn}). The filly, bought for €40,000, was one of seven purchases by Marc-Antoine Berghgracht's MAB Agency.

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