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€265,000 VALAJANI tops opening session of Autumn Sale

The opening session of the 2018 Autumn Sale, which catered for horses in training under both codes, witnessed solid trade illustrated by an 89% clearance rate and average price almost identical to last year at €23,520. There was an air of Babel around the Deauville sales grounds with buyers having flocked from every corner of western, central and eastern Europe as well as North Africa – and investors from Australia, America and China also getting their names on the scoresheet.

Group placed VALAJANI tops Barbe/Swan shopping list for €265,000

Jukebox Jury's son VALAJANI (lot 160) showed plenty of stamina under the care of Markus Klug, placing twice in Listed company over 2200m and 2800m and running 2nd in the Gr.3 St Leger Italiano on his last outing before going through the ring as a Wild Card. His solid credentials whetted the appetite of several talent scouts for the National Hunt game and it took a protracted bidding duel between Harold Kirk and Hubert Barbe for the hammer to finally come down at €265,000 in favour of the latter.

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