TIMMY Hillman signed for the top lot at the opening session of the Goffs UK January Sale in Doncaster on Tuesday when paying £55,000 for a Blue Bresil yearling colt.
Consigned by David and Juliet Minton's Mill House Stud, the colt is from the family of Champion Hurdle winners Morley Streey and Granville Again.
Of the 117 yearlings offered, 82 were sold, a clearance rate of 70%.The aggregate, average and median prices all saw healthy increases on last year's levels.
Goldford Stud’s Kapgarde half-brother to the stakes winner Fou Et Sage was bought by Hamish Macauley Bloodstock for £43,000, while Upton Viva Stud’s Kayf Tara colt out of the Grade 3 winner Stravinsky Dance was sold to Richard Rohan for £40,000.
The sale also offered 38 National Hunt mares which were topped by the six-time winner Rattlin, who was sold in foal to Blue Bresil to the bid of Brendan Bashford for £25,000.
The sale continues on Wednesday with a session of horses in training and point-to-pointers on offer. The catalogue includes Timmy Hyde's impressive Fairyhouse bumper winner Keskonrisk. Peter Fahey's smart hurdler Soviet Pimpernel has been withdrawn.
Sold: 82 (70%)
Aggregate: £1,029,900 (+25%)
Average: £12,560 (+9%)
Median: £9,000 (+20%)
TUESDAY'S COMPARATIVE FIGURES
Sold: 108 (68%)
Aggregate: £1,247,500 (+22%)
Average: £11,551 (+5%)
Median: £8,500 (+42%)