Black Orange was the highlight of the 2017 Ascot July Sale when knocked down for £54,000 on a day that saw 111 lots selling for an aggregate of £608,600, an average of £5,483, a median of £3,000 and a clearance rate of 78%.
Black Orange (Lot 46) proved himself successful on the track having won and being placed three times on all of his four starts. Offered by Gay Kelleway Racing to Dissolve a Partnership, the Pastoral Pursuits colt caught the eye Qatar based trainer and bloodstock manager Debbie Mountain and was knocked down for £54,000.
Agent Tom Malone purchased three lots at the Ascot July Sale. The largest sum of £40,000 came for Lot 118, Eneko, a Laverock three-year-old who is a winner already in France. Consigned by Le Bas Du Bourg, the gelding comes with an enviable collection of relations with HUSSARD COLLONGES and NEPTUNE COLLONGES in his pedigree.
Nicely Indeed (Lot 160) a dual bumper winner and placed twice in hurdle company, was offered by KC Bailey's Throndale Farm was snapped up by Ownaracehorse Ltd. for £32,000.
At the conclusion of the 2017 Ascot July Sale, Tattersalls Ireland Director of Horses in Training Sales Richard Pugh commented;
"It was always going to be challenging to produce a set of statistics comparable to 2016's record breaking Ascot July Sale where 24 lots broke the £20,000 barrier, a 75% increase on the year previous. However today's sale has produced a robust clearance rate of 78% and a top price of £54,000 and has again demonstrated the ability of this unique venue to attract a wide variety of overseas and domestic purchasers. I would like to extend a thank you to our loyal vendors, who have supported the sale and we now look forward to our next sale at Ascot on Tuesday 22 August."