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Lauriston Celebrates Topping Australian Weanling Sale
James O'Brien, principal of Victoria's Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, has had a week like no other, but it ended in the best way possible on Thursday as a Not A Single Doubt filly he offered topped the Australian Weanling Sale. The worsening COVID-19 situation in Victoria the past seven days has led to chaos for many Victorians, including O'Brien, who admits his stress levels this week have "gone to unchartered territory – and that's saying something for me''. But, as he offered Lauriston's entire 2019 foal crop as supplementary entries in the Australian Weanling Sale, his stresses turned to jubilation as Lot 343 (ex Rhodamine) sold to Suman Hedge Bloodstock on behalf of Grant Bloodstock and Myrrh Australia for $280,000, a sale-topping price. Not only did Lauriston provide the sale-topper, it also ended as leading vendor by average (for three or more sold) at $69,900, selling all 10 lots offered. "I'm ecstatic, over the moon, emotional, very proud of the achievements of today. It's been hugely stressful," he acknowledged.