JUST 176 of the 450-lot catalogue were fillies, and nine of them brought £100,000 or more. Best of these was Yeomanstown Stud’s daughter of Dark Angel, and she was closely followed by a member of the first crop by Earthlight, and this son of Shamardal was the champion at two in France after his victory in the Group 1 Prix Morny.

SackvilleDonald’s Alastair Donald struck only one bid on Tuesday, but it turned out to be a winner, as he blew saw off all opposition with a late offer of £160,000 for a well-related daughter of Darley’s Earthlight offered by Jamie Railton Sales Agency. All eight yearlings in the catalogue by Earthlight sold, and produced a median of £70,000.

“Just a really impressive filly,” was Donald’s verdict. “She’s for the Hong Kong-based owner Mr Siu, who’s raced the likes of Stormy Antarctic and Waipiro, and has the odd filly in training, like Indian Blessing, who won three stakes races and was Grade 1-placed in America. She’ll be trained by Ed Walker.” The filly was purchased as a foal for 62,000gns.

Alex Elliott revealed that the Mehmas colt he and Billy Jackson-Stops signed for on Tuesday, and the Mayson full-sister to listed winner Dance Diva they bought for £120,000 on Wednesday, are for a new partnership that will have their horses with Andrew Balding, Ralph Beckett and George Scott.

Part of Luke Barry’s Manister House Stud draft, the Mayson filly is also a full-sister to this year’s dual winning three-year-old Ben Hamrash. “This filly was our pick of the sale,” said Elliott. “She has a brilliant page and the physical to match, so she should make a decent racehorse, but even if she stubbed her toe she’s still got serious residual value. There are some very good horses on show, and vendors are being well rewarded for the ones that everyone wants.”