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Last Thursday's dispersal sale of Carl Middleton's racing and breeding stock at the Ashburton Racecourse became a bit emotional when auctioneer Peter Lagan announced at the end of the sale that Carl had passed away while the sale was in progress. The onset of cancer had forced Carl to reluctantly sell his bloodstock but the announcement by Peter Lagan still came as a bit of a shock to everyone there. The sale itself was extremely well attended and most of the nineteen lots that went under the hammer were actively sought. Top price on the day went to the Dream Vacation mare Savona 1:55.4 ($137,675) who was in foal to Love You's full brother Repeat Love. She was purchased by Flora Robson from Australia for $33,000. Next highest priced lot on the day was the three year old Repeat Love gelding named Louis Moss. Qualifying for Carl at two, the impressive looking individual  was purchased by Tim Butt of Premier Stables for $32,000 and looks a nice addition to his barn. The third highest lot on the day was the smart Love You racemare Another Love 2:00.9 ($43,570). A maiden mare, she was sold in foal to Dream Vacation for $30,000 to Aldebaran Park from Australia. These three lots dominated proceedings on the day with the next highest price after that being $10,500 for Bourbon and Dry, a Sam Bourbon gelding that was placed at three last season. Australian buyers purchased four of the nineteen lots on offer with Another Starlet and Sweet Pretense joining Savona and Another Love in now having Australian owners. Overall the nineteen lots sold for $141,150 with an average of $7428 which was an excellent result in the current environment. Check results here Harnesslink Media

The well known and respected Mid Canterbury harness racing identity Carl Middleton passed away this afternoon while watching the dispersal sale of his racing and breeding stock via a video link up. Carl had great pride in the breeding stock he had built up over the years and was keen to watch their sale at the Ashburton Racecourse today even though he was very ill. A man renowned for his ability with a trotter, Carl had many top class trotters through his hands over the years with the highlight undoubtedly being Fraggle Rock's win in the $150,000 Inter-Dominion final of 1991. Lilly The Pink 1:57.9 (12 wins) was another star from Carl's barn and she left him the very smart Jazz Legend  ($223,913) who Carl developed before selling to Australia. Carl always had a smart trotter around him over the last thirty years and his absence from the Canterbury trotting scene will be sorely felt by all involved In latter years Carl and his wife Heather have sold quite a few yearlings through the New Zealand Premier yearling sale at Christchurch. Harnesslink would like to pass on our condolences to Heather and the wider Middleton family for their loss and wish them all the best at this trying time. Harnesslink Media 

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