Next month's auction, which runs from September 8-20 with a one-day break on the 12th, enters a new sphere of dominance, as it marks the first time in the September sale's history that it has not been preceded by a July select sale, this summer's showpiece having been called off largely due to the depletion of the 2003 yearling crop caused by mare reproductive loss syndrome
However, clinics that received the aborted foetuses have found no evidence of mare reproductive loss syndrome
(MRLS), which ravaged the foal crop of 2002.
More recently, he was at the centre of medical investigations into the mare reproductive loss syndrome
, which hit Kentucky with the deaths of a large number of foals in May 2001.
It was decided yesterday that Kentucky's 2002 foal crop, on which the sale would have to depend for its yearlings, was too depleted by the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome
that struck so harshly in 2001.
However, as Kentucky's breeding industry continues to suffer from the impact of mare reproductive loss syndrome
(MRLS), which ravaged the foal crop in 2001, the set of November catalogues has steadily shrunk in number.
Less happily, Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome
has affected the stud, with US-based Fictitious barren for the second year in succession and New Assembly - now back in England - also without a 2002 foal.