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25/06/02 Desert Orchid Tops Final Day of Melbourne Sale
Group One producing mare Desert Orchid has topped the final day of the June Weanling and Thoroughbred Sale at Oaklands in Melbourne today.

Offered by Woodbyne Pty Ltd, the mare was knocked down to New South Wales based buyer Dermot Farrington for $100,000.

The mare is in foal to Hurricane Sky and her resultant foal will be the full relation to the recent Group One winner Desert Sky.

A record breaking win in the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield and a dead heat result in the Futurity at the same venue were the two highlight wins for the talented gelding.

A dual city winner herself Desert Orchid, who is out of an unraced half sister to Toolern High, has also produced the stakes race runner-up Desert Mistral.

Earlier in the afternoon Les Young's Doncaster Bloodstock, who purchased the overall sale topper yesterday, forked out $55,000 for Western Reality.

Offered by Ballarto Lodge, the daughter of Western Symphony, is a half sister to Lady in Reality and was in foal to boom Victorian sire Encosta de Lago.

Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud who were active buying two of the higher priced lots yesterday were back in the thick of things.

Baramul puchased the quality former Adelaide racemare Nassi Doll for $50,000. She is yet to go to stud.

Nassi Doll was just one of a swag of purchases for Baramul. They also snaffled up a half sister to Tuscany Flyer for $12,000, the Rory's Jester mare Quaglino for $19,000, Toil's lightly raced half sister Blazing Dawn for $48,000, the dual winning Keltrice mare Lindoni for $7,000, and then a short time later brought the back to back offerings of Polo Lounge ($24,000) and Show No Restraint ($50,000).

The sale was robbed of a lot of interest in the final session thanks to a number of quality withdrawals. Among those offerings not to enter the ring were Mrs Bently, Argegno, Dinnigan, Spinning Reel (dam of Alfa in foal to Favorite Trick), Danquest (Danzero mare in foal to Fasliyev) and the stakes placed Wise Scarlet.

During today's final session 212 horse were sold for a gross total of $1,515,150. The average price was $7,147.

That brought the sale gross up to $5,853,750 with an average of $8,776. In all some 667 yearlings were sold over the three day period.

Buyers today were spread from around the country including New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania. There was also some international interest from New Zealand and Asia.

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