November National Hunt Sale
Sunday 12 - Friday 17 November 2017 starting at 10am Sunday - Thursday, 11 am Friday
November NH Sale stats: (% + / - compared with 2016)
Lots Catalogued: 1,413
Lots Offered: 1,191
Lots Sold: 866
Total Value: €13,848,300 (+15%)
Median Value: €11,250 (+7%)
Average Value: €15,991 (+12%)
% Sold: 73% (23:00)
Day 6: Mares Sale
Day 6 (mares) stats: (% + / - compared with 2016)
Lots Catalogued: 101
Lots Offered: 75
Lots Sold: 49
Total Value: €766,900
Median Value: €6,500
Average Value: €15,338
% Sold: 67% (14:34)
Lot 1382: covers to Walk In The Park continue to appeal - I'm All You Need, the Listed-placed winner, in-foal to the popular sire and offered by Coolamurray Stud, sells for €62,000 to Marilyn Syme, signing as Ashwood Stud.
The mare is from the family of leading hurdler Bilboa and chaser Makounji, the dam of Roulez Cool.
"She is lovely, gorgeous mare - we are pleased to get her," said Syme. "We love the fact that she is by King's Theatre and, of course, the cover is attractive too."
Syme has had a good week - through Ashwood Stud she sold Lot 622 for €75,000, a son of Fame And Glory bought by Ian Ferguson. (13:13)
Lot 1376: Nouvelle Ami, a Scorpion half-sister to the wonderful racehorse The New One, sells for €25,000.
It has been a popular family this week - yesterday Mazaryne's Kapgarde foal was sold for €54,000 to Richard Rohan.
Mazaryne is a half-sister to Thuringe, dam of Nouvelle Ami and The New One. (12:56)
Lot 1360: Coolmara Stables adds again to the broodmare band - goes to €42,000 for Daydream Beach, the Mahler half-sister to Airlie Beach (Lot 1357) and from the same Closutton Stables / Supreme Horse Racing Club draft.
She is in-foal to Shantou on an April cover. (12:54)
Lot 1357: the Willie Mullins-trained Grade 1-winning mare Airlie Beach (Shantou) is bought by John Flood of Boardsmill Stud for €140,000. Underbidder was Peter Moloney.
The mare is in-foal to Mount Nelson, who stands at Boardsmill.
"Her race record speaks for itself," said Flood. "Even on her last run, when she won a Listed race on the Flat, she ran to a mark of 100.
"She is for a client who is putting together a band of broodmares, and of course we knew her due to her Mount Nelson cover - she is a good fit for him."
Mount Nelson has had one season at Boardsmill and stands alongside Califet, Kalanisi and Court Cave. (12:35)
Lot 1353: "She had some ability herself, has a good page and a good cover to Walk In The Park," said Shane Lawlor of Freepark Farm after purchasing the Flat and hurdles winner Scooping (Dylan Thomas).
"Well get her home and see what she produces before thinking of any future covering plans." (12:26)
Lot 1331: Side Saddle, a King's Theatre full and half-sister to Voler La Vedette and Hennessy, sells to Coolmara Stables for €50,000.
She is carrying her first pregnancy to the popular Walk In The Park.
"She is a gorgeous mare," said buyer Kieran Mariga. "She is by King's Theatre and her covering was important to us too. We sold a Walk In The Park filly this week for €21,000 and a Fame And Glory filly for €10,000.
"I am hoping to buy again today - I have ten mares at home and seven stores.
"All being well I'd love to send this mare back to Walk In The Park or Flemensfirth next spring." (11:40)
Lot 1316: we kick off the mares' session in style, Celbridge Rose bought for €15,000 by Hillside Farm.
The daughter of Saffron Walden was placed once in a NH Flat race and is carrying her first pregnancy to Califet on a March 19th covering.
Califet's foals sold for an average price of €15,417 and a top price of €40,000.
Celbridge Rose's dam Kenzie (Presenting) is a half-sister to Chauvinist (Roselier), winner of the Listed Ladbroke Hurdle and third in the Supreme Novices Hurdle (G1) and third in the Henry VIII Novices Chase (G2).
This autumn Kenzie's four-year-old Rapid Escape won his bumper for Gordon Elliott. He cost £240,000 at the Cheltenham Sale in March, having won a point-to-point at Tinahely.
The post-race analysis of Rapid Escape's win said "he will make a lovely hurdler in time". (11:13)
Selling starts for the one-day mares' sale at 11am. (09:25)
Foal Sale
Incredibly strong foal trade at the November National Hunt Sale concludes with considerable increases Four days of incredibly strong foal trade produced the best set of returns for the foal section of the November National Hunt Sale seen since 2007, then a seven day foal sale. The aggregate of €11,683,700 is the third-highest turnover ever achieved by the foal session and an increase of 16 per cent on 2016, while the overall average of €16,596 and the median of €12,500 are also records and are increases of 14 per cent on the 2016 returns.
Over the four days, 59 foals sold for €40,000 or more, while 18 made sums of €60,000 or more. Day four of the foal sale produced a top price of €54,000 given by Richard Rohan for a colt by Kapgarde (Lot 1214). Sold by Chapel Lane Bloodstock, the colt is a first foal out of a Protektor half-sister to the dam of 15-time and dual Grade 1 hurdle winner The New One.
"He is an unbelievable first foal," said Rohan, who outbid Oneliner Stables for the April-born colt. "A cracking sort, I couldn't leave him behind. He is by a very good sire and has a serious black-type horse high up in his page."
Lot 1246 claimed second spot on the final day of foal trade at the November National Hunt Sale. The colt, by UK based sire Blue Bresil, was knocked down to Gatterstown Stud and sold by Nunstainton Stud. He comes from an enviable family; Knock Down, the second day, was an eight-time winner herself and a winner at Grade 3 level in a chase in France.
Paul Cashman of Rathbarry and Glenview Studs spent €40,000 on a colt by the farm's late sire Presenting from Yew Tree Stables (Lot 1135).
"He is a sweet colt, with a good outlook," said Cashman. "We had the three-year-old full-brother whom we sold for €100,000. We also had Present Lodger, a son of this grand-dam Hannigan's Lodger - it has been a good family to us and keeps working away.
"The number of Presenting's are dwindling now and it's good to keep the flag flying for him - we might not see the likes of him as a stallion again!"
The final session of the November National Hunt Sale consists of mares and breeding stock and starts at 11am tomorrow. (18:15)
Four-day foal sale statistics (% + / - compared with 2016)
Lots Catalogued: 1,059 (-4%)
Lots Offered: 929 (-6%)
Lots Sold: 704 (+2%)
Total Value: €11,683,700 (+16%)
Median Value: €12,500 (+14%)
Average Value: €16,596 (+14%)
% Sold: 76%
Top Price: €80,000 given by Richard Rohan for Lot 698, a colt by Shantou
Leading purchasers (whole sale, by agg): Ian Ferguson, Aiden Murphy, Kevin Ross Bloodstock
Leading consignors (whole sale, by agg): Ballincurrig House Stud, Peter Nolan Bloodstock, Cleaboy Stud & Coppice Farm
Leading sires (whole sale, by agg): Walk In The Park, Getaway, Fame And Glory
Leading sires (whole sale, by av, 2+ sold): Martaline, Kapgarde, Kayf Tara (18:11)
Day 5
Day 5 stats: (% + / - compared with 2016)
Lots Catalogued: 264 (-4%)
Lots Offered: 213 (-1%)
Lots Sold: 150 (+4%)
Total Value: €1,437,450 (-4%)
Median Value: €6,500 (-19%)
Average Value: €9,583 (-8%)
% Sold: 70% (18:06)
Lot 1281: Kevin Ross Bloodstock will hope that number 13 is going to be lucky - this purchase of a colt by Califet being the firm's 13th buy this week.
From Candlefort Stud, the colt's unraced Beneficial mare Bellingham Rose is a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed runners One Cool Cookie and In Compliance.
It is the 25th sale this week for a foal by Califet, the sire achieving an average price of €14,788.
The Boardsmill Stud sire's top sale this week was Lot 502, also bought by Ross by €40,000. (17:03)
Pedigree update ahead of tomorrow's mares' sale, Lunar Path (Lot 1354) has had a bumper winner today - Represented (Presenting), trained by Anthony Honeyball, won the last at Taunton. It was the four-year-old Presenting gelding's career debut.
Lunar Path (Night Shift) is due to be offered by Ballincurrig House Stables and is a half-sister to the Grade 2 chaser Celtic Son, the Listed winner Sonevafushi, as well as four further black-type performers. It is also the family of the Grade 2 winner, Junior. (16:32)
Lot 1246: Gatterstown Stud buys the Blue Bresil colt for €41,000.
He is a grandson of the French Grade 3 winner Knock Down (Oscar).
The sire has had six lots sell this week for an average of €29,750.
One of the sire's best runners, the Grade 1 placed Le Prezien, runs in the BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (G3) at Cheltenham at the weekend. (16:21)
Lot 1214: the relation to The New One becomes the day's new top lot.
The colt by Kapgarde is bought by Richard Rohan for €54,000, Oneliner Stables the underbidder.
"He is an unbelievable first foal," said Rohan. "A cracking sort, I couldn't leave him behind.
"He is by a very good sire and has a serious black-type horse high up in his page."
The colt's dam Mazaryen (Protektor) is a half-sister to 15-time hurdle winner and dual Grade 1 hero The New One.
The three foals sold this week by Kapgarde have averaged €46,000 with today's sale the top price of the trio. (15:06)
Lot 1181: also bought for resale, Redpender Stud spends €30,000 on a son of Court Cave.
He is out of Lady Knightess (Presenting) winner of a bumper and daughter of the Listed Auteuil winner Soupinette. (14:22)
Lot 1179: the pinhookers are still busy and Robert Wade of Gatterstown Stud goes to €36,000 for a son of Flemensfirth, the last chance to buy a foal by the sire this week.
"Hopefully, he'll be back for the Derby Sale," reported the purchaser. "It has been very difficult to buy as a pinhooker this week, trade has been so strong.
"Flemensfirth's always have buyers, and though this is a May foal, he looked very forward."
This week, Flemensfirth foals have averaged €35,073 for 23 sold, and the Coolmore sire is behind only Kayf Tara by average for those sires with more than five foals sold this week. (14:01)
Lot 1159: "He is a gorgeous colt," said Tom Maher of his Mahler colt sold for €31,000. "He has always been very straight-forward."
Maher of Holycross-based Willow Grange Stud bought the colt's dam Cooksgrove Lady after a racing career in which she won four races.
Her first foal Castlebawn West was sold by Maher for €23,000 and is now at Willie Mullins. According to Maher, good reports are coming back as to the three-year-old's progress.
"They say he's a cracker," said Maher. "We have seven mares at home, a mix of NH and Flat mares. We sell all the progeny as foals. Cooksgrove Lady is in-foal to Califet." (13:30)
Lot 1135: Paul Cashman buys the Presenting colt from The Dales Stud for €40,000.
"He is a sweet colt, with a good outlook," said Cashman. "We had the three-year-old full-brother whom we sold for €100,000. We also had Present Lodger, a son of this grand-dam Hannigan's Lodger - it has been a good family to us and keeps working away.
"The number of Presentings are dwindling now and it's good to keep the flag flying for him - we might not see the likes of him as a stallion again!" (12:43)
Lot 1123: a good morning for Westerner colts - this Patricia Prenderville- consigned April colt makes €20,000, and goes to Calluna House Stud.
His grand-dam Royal Thimble-bred the good horses Accordion Etoile and French Accordion. (12:37)
Lor 1109 and Lot 1110: the two-strong draft from the Down Patrick-based Ravenswood Stud fetch €22,000 and €24,000.
The pair of colts - by Court Cave and Sageburg - are closely related, the Court Cave being out of Ben Roseler, the Sageburg a grandson of the mare.
"I bought Ben Roseler," said Niall McGrady, "and she has been a great mare for me producing five winners including the black-type pair Lie Forrit and Oscar Rose, and Janal, the dam of the Sageburg.
"I try and sell all the stock as foals and these are two lovely horses - I am very pleased," added McGrady, a retired financier who has four mares at home - equally split between NH and Flat mares.
Ben Roseler is back in-foal to Court Cave, while Janal is carrying to Kalanisi. (12:10)
Lot 1092 and Lot 1093: a select draft from Lambertstown Stud catches the eye and the Califet out of Gerry's Girl, from the family of Behrajan, and the Westerner second foal out of Pale Face both sell for €15,000. Sarah Connell and Brandon View Stud the purchasers.
It is just the second draft of foals sold at the November NH Sale by Emily MacMahon's sales preparation, breaking and pre-training yard at Lambertstown Stud.
"We are delighted," said MacMahon. "They belong to PJ Finley, who had them at home until around six weeks ago - I consigned a first draft for him last year.
"I came back home to the family farm from riding as an a amateur England three years ago. We have been busy with the breakers and pre-trainers, but we are keen to develop the sales preparation operation too."
MacMahon rides out each morning for trainer Gordon Elliott, and also takes the odd one out hunting for Elliott - she had a day out on Outlander this autumn ahead of his Grade 1 JNwine Champion Chase victory at Down Royal this month. (11:36)
Lot 1084: Richard Rohan takes his purchases this week to six, buying this son of Leading Light for €15,500.
The colt is out of the Whitmore's Conn mare Scrapper Jack, a half-sister to the tough-running Fair Along Grade 2 hurdle winner, Grade 3 chasing winner and placed over both sets of obstacles at Grade 1 level.
In total, the Philip Hobbs-trained son of Alkade ran an amazing 69 times, and won 16 races.
Leading Light stands at Grange Stud and this colt hails from his second crop of foals. (11:02)
Lot 1055: Marelly goes to €20,000 for the Sageburg colt sold by Billy Yorke.
heis out of Uppertown Misty, an own sister to Soft Spoken Guy, a four-time winner and placed second in a Grade 2 at Kelso, and a half-sister to Rupununi, a Grade 3 winner over hurdles. (10:44)
Lot 1051: we ended selling yesterday with a good sale for Soldier Of Fortune and we kick off today with another good sale for the sire - his colt out of the two-time winner Foildearg and from Drumkeeragh House Stud sells for €20,000, bought by Kevin Ross Bloodstock. (10:41)
A lovely morning... our first lot of the day will be in the sales ring in 15 minutes time (09:43)
Day 4
Explosive trade continues on day 4 of the November National Hunt Sale Explosive trade witnessed at the November National Hunt Sale continued through to today's sale and turnover for the foal section, with a day's selling still left to go, hit €11,636,950, already 16 per cent greater than 2016's total four-day foal sale aggregate of €9,995,600. The average for the day compared with the same session in 2016 increased by 20 per cent to €20,186, while the day's median rose by 14 per cent to €16,000. Turnover for the day was up by 14 per cent and horses sold at a healthy clearance rate of 76 per cent.
A Milan half-brother to the talented but sadly ill-fated FAYONAGH was bought by Grange Stud from Galbertstown Stud for €78,000 topping the day's list (Lot 857). FAYONAGH, a Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham December Sale graduate last year and winner of the Cheltenham and Punchestown Champion Bumpers (Gr1), was being prepared this autumn by trainer Gordon Elliott for a hurdling career having won her first start over timber. Sadly, she broke her hind leg on the gallops in October. "The Milans and Soldier Of Fortunes are going well," said Grange Stud's David Magnier, who also spent €36,000 on a colt by Soldier Of Fortune (Lot 999). "The Milan is a lovely horse and the Soldier of Fortune is a real bonny colt too."
A January-born Flemensfirth colt from the Beeches Stud fetched €75,000, bought by Kevin Ross Bloodstock and Ben Case (Lot 829).
"He is by a fabulous sire, from a good family, is out of a Kayf Tara mare and is a good-looking sort," said Ross of the colt from the sameDIAMOND SAL, RING THE BOSS and Theatre Girl family as Lot 612, a Kayf Tara colt bought earlier this week by Henrietta Knight for €66,000.
A match developed between Fiona Magee, standing with Richard Rohan, against Timmy O'Byrne for the day's penultimate Soldier Of Fortune (Lot 1013) colt and it was O'Byrne who ended up successful with a bid of €72,000.
"He is a very nice horse, a good walking sort and by a very good proven sire," said O'Byrne of the Mountain View Stud-offered colt from the family of AFSOUN, AGRAPART and BALTHAZAR KING. "I am not sure yet whether he will be for re-sale."
The final day of foal trade at the November National Hunt Sale is tomorrow, Thursday 16 November at 10am with the sale of Mares concluding the November National Hunt Sale on Friday 17 November, commencing at 11am. (20:30)
Day 4 stats: (% + / - compared with 2016)
Lots Catalogued: 269 (-4%)
Lots Offered: 240 (-6%)
Lots Sold: 183 (-4%)
Total Value: €3,694,100 (+14%)
Median Value: €16,000 (+14%)
Average Value: €20,186 (+20%)
% Sold: 76%
Top price: Lot 857, bought by Grange Stud for €78,000, Milan gelding offered by Galbertstown Stud
Leading purchasers (whole sale, by agg): Ian Ferguson, Aiden Murphy, Richard Frisby
Leading consignors (whole sale, by agg): Ballincurrig House Stud, Peter Nolan Bloodstock, Cleaboy Stud & Coppice Farm (19:49)
Lot 1013: a match developed for the penultimate Soldier Of Fortune to go through the ring in today's session - a battle between Fiona Magee with Richard Rohan against Timmy O'Byrne.
Magee and Rohan, standing ringside, shook heads once before turning for a conference and reassessing plans, but when O'Byrne bid €72,000, the shake of the head that time from Magee was definite.
"He was a very nice horse, a good walking sort and by a very good proven sire," said O'Byrne of the Mountain View Stud-offered colt from the family of Afsoun, Agrapart and Balthazar King. "I am not sure yet whether he will be for re-sale." (18:20)
Lot 999: the Magnier family of Grange Stud add to the top-priced Milan colt (Lot 857) bought earlier through the session going to €36,000 for this Soldier Of Fortune colt.
"The Milans and Soldier of Fortunes are going well," said David Magnier. "This is a real bonny colt." (17:49)
Lot 978: the only colt offered this week by Sir Percy makes €29,000 bought by T & A Bloodstock.
Part of the Clarendon Stud draft, the colt travelled over from the UK to this week's sale.
Breeders Anthea and Ian Dudgeon were delighted with the result.
"We just have two mares at home in Somerset and had lost one and its always nice to have two mares together," said Ian Dudgeon.
"John Haydon of Clarendon bought this mare for us at the Tattersalls July Sale, she was carrying to Sir Percy then," said Ian Dudgeon.
"There are lots of jumpers in the pedigree - Overturn and Fisher Bridge, which is why we have come here with him.
"Kistalette is an big mare and I think she needs neat and compact stallion, which is why Sir Percy suited.
"John foals down the mares for us and we have left this trip up to him. He and Sarah do a really good job - it is nice to get it bit back today."
Dudgeon can now turn his thoughts to 2018's covering plans, and the Dudgeon's mares might also find themselves on a road trip to Ireland in the spring. (17:14)
Lot 973: becomes this week's top priced by Sageburg sold so far when fetching €32,000.
The colt can claim a Gold Cup-winning and top class relation: his dam is an own-sister to Kicking King, winner of the blue riband 3m2f event in 2005.
The son of Old Vic also won the five further Grade 1 chases: Arkle Chase at Leopardstown in 2004, the John Durkan Chase, the Guinness Gold Cup and the King George Chase at Kempton, and when it was run at Sandown in 2005. (16:49)
Lot 953 and Lot 954: two from the select three-strong draft consigned by Ballyduane Stud fetch €50,000 and €40,000.
Both are by Milan.
The first is out of the Listed-placed Silver Patriarch mare Francesca, a half-sister to the recent Charlie Hall Chase (G2) runner-up and 2016 RS Chase (G1) winner Blaklion. He was owned by Mr Gerard Mullins.
He was followed in by Kockfierna's colt owned by Ms Karina Healy. She was a Grade 2 hurdles winner and successful in a Grade 3 over fences. (16:09)
Lot 931: another good sale for Ballincurrig House Stud, Aiden Murphy, on the phone throughout the bidding process, goes to €50,000 for the Fame And Glory colt.
It has been a profitable year for the dam Fairly Definite - her Getaway three-year-old sold at the Derby Sale to Kevin Ross Bloodstock for €58,000. (15:36)
Lot 925 and Lot 933: the following lot from the same draft made €48,000, bought by Ben Case.
By No Risk At All, the colt's dam Signature (Robin Des Champs) is an own-sister to Robin De Sherwood and a half-sister to Exit To Wave.
Under the third dam is the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John.
Case, with Lady Jane Grosvenor and Kevin Ross Bloodstock, then spent €60,000 on the athletic Walk In The Park colt out of Tempest Belle, sold by Ballincurrig House Stud.
He is a half-brother to Monalee, runner-up in the Spa Hurdle (G1) at Cheltenham. (15:12)
Lot 924: the French-bred son of Kapgarde, sold by Charel Park Stud, is heading back to France where, once he returns, he will qualify for French premiums.
The colt was bought by Herve Bunel of Agencie FIPS.
"He is for the Papot family, the leading owners in France," said Brunel. "This is a very nice horse, he moves very well and we are very happy to have him."
Named Shawinigan, he is a grandson of the Listed placed hurdler Lion De Moi and from the family of the good racehorses, Present Bleu and Far West.
Agence FIPS also bought Lot 928 - a son of Soldier Hollow – for €32,000. The dam Sainte Baronne has had the winner of a point-to-point since the catalogue was published.
Kapgarde is averaging €42,666 for three sold so far, with just one further lot due to sell this week. (15:04)
Lot 919: Redpender Stud, which bought Lot 367, the son of Presenting out of Sea Jewel for €52,000, buys a son of Walk In The Park for €47,000, Jimmy Murphy signing for the May colt.
Dam Maple Layd was the winner of a bumper, and is closely related to the black-type winner Judge Roy Bean and the black-type performer Bob Hall. (14:50)
Lot 901: the Presenting March-produced colt out of Through The Lens, the Hurricane Run half-sister to the wonderful Champion Hurdle winner Binocular, makes €50,000, bought by Katrina Mackie.
He was sold by the Motherway family's Yellowford Farm on behalf of Brucetown Farms. (14:11)
Lot 887: pin-hooker Mark Dwyer spends €31,000 on a son of Shantou from Hillview Stud.
The colt's dam, the young Oscar mare Augusta Bay, is the dam of one previous foal and is out of the Listed mares' hurdle winner Penneyrose Bay.
Shantou is sire of yesterday's top lot - Lot 698, the colt from Burgage Stud bought by Richard Rohen for €80,000. (13:44)
Lot 863: another from the J'Y Vole family sells well (see also Lot 865) - this Fame And Glory colt, a half-brother to Grade 1 chaser, makes €37,000, bought by The Hollow Farm. (13:30)
Lot 857: the Milan half-brother to the ill-fated Fayonagh is bought by Grange Stud from Galbertstown Stud for €78,000.
In front of a packed sales ring, the April colt attracted bids from around the room until settling with Catherine Magnier to become the second top-selling foal this week so far.
The talented Fayonagh, a Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham December graduate last year, won the Cheltenham and Aintree Champion NH Flat races (G1) and was being prepared by trainer Gordon Elliott for a hurdles career this autumn having won her first start over timber. Sadly she broke her hind leg on the gallops in October and had to be put down.
This is not a one-horse pedigree, however: the dam Fair Ina is a half-sister to the 22-time winner Solerina, successful in three Grade 1 hurdle races, and to Florida Coast, placed in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle (G1). (13:00)
Lot 835: "He's been bought by Rachel [Evans] on behalf of Matt Booth, who is in Gibraltar and has racehorses with trainers Paul Nicholls and Gordon Elliott," said James Reed of Selwood Bloodstock, with Rachel Evans.
"This colt comes from a good farm has amazing movement this horse and he'll come to Somerset. He could be kept to race or might be re-sold."
By Getaway, the colt offered by Cleaboy Stud & Coppice Farm is out of J'Y Viens, dam of a NH Flat race winner in 2017 and a half-sister to J'Y Vole, winner of the Dr P J Moriarty Chase (G1). He sold for €65,000. (12:01)
Lot 829: the January-born Flemensfirth colt from the Beeches Stud makes €75,000.
And Kayf Tara had a had to play too - he is sire of the young dam Lucky Fancy.
He was bought by Kevin Ross Bloodstock / Ben Case, who said: "He is a by a fabulous sire, from a good family, is out of a Kayf Tara mare and is a good looking sort."
He is from the same Diamond Sal and Ring The Boss family as Lot 612 - the Kayf Tara colt bought by Henrietta Knight for €66,000. (11:50)

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