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Record totals at Brightwells Sale in Wales, UK

04:04 AM 29 Oct 2016 NZDT
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Matticulous, harness racing Oakwood Playboy, harness racing Rhyds Shoofly, harness racing
Matticulous, a full brother to Titanium and half brother to Miraculous, was the sales topper.
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Oakwood Playboy (McArdle) was the second highest yearling sold
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Rhyds Shoofly was the top selling yearling filly. She be a half-sister to the two-year-old champion this year, Rhyds Decoy.
Graham Rees photo

WALES, UK - The annual Brightwells Mixed Standardbred Sale set records on Monday with a total of £254,940. This was significantly more than the £164,700 spent in 2015, with the top 10 yearlings on Monday averaging £17,900.

The sale topper and rightly so was the dark bay colt, Matticulous. This son of Hasty Hall topped the sale at Brightwells with a winning bid of £32,000.

Matticulous is the full brother of champion pacer Titanium and a half-brother to champion Miraculous. He was purchased by the BKB Racing Syndicate of Wales, UK.

It was Derek and James Delaney's Oakwood Stud's Oakwood Playboy who created a great deal of interest and was the second highest priced yearling at £30,000..

This yearling by McArdle was snapped up by Joel Richard's Wye Stud Farm in Herefordshire.

"I think that the sale was of a very high standard across the board." Said Oakwood Stud's Derek Delaney. "The quality of yearlings was the best I have seen for sale in the UK. The market for well-bred yearlings is on the up. I will definitely be bringing some fantastic prospects to Brightwells in 2017".

Oakwood Stud's four yearlings was the best average of the breeding farms this year at £13,475. Rhyds Farm was second with seven selling for and average of £11,385 while the average total yearling price this year at Brightwells was £7,541.

The Rhyds Farm yearlings, as ever, were very popular and Rhyds Shoofly was the top sell filly at £19,000. She is sired by Hasty Hall and is a half-sister to last year's sales topper and champion two-year-old this season, Rhyds Ideal.

Rhyds Shoofly was purchased by William Flanagan from the Meadowbranch Stud Farm in Ireland.

To view the sales results go to

By Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

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