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Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale - Day Three, Wednesday October 26, 2016

All the action live from the third day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale brought to you by Nancy Sexton

    Lot 878: WAKAME
     
    The ring briefly bursts into life with the sale of this tough gelding to Oliver St Lawrence for 50,000gns.
     
    Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for trainer Ed de Giles, the three-year-old son of Kodiac has won three of his last four starts over a mile and now boasts a rating of 80.
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    Lot 885: CLAIM THE ROSES
     
    65,000gns isn't enough for multiple winner Claim The Roses to change hands. The son of Speightstown has won four times for Ed Vaughan over 6-7f and is rated 90.
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    Lot 984: DIAMOND GEYSER
     
    Recent wide-margin Kempton winner tops the first draft of horses through from Luca Cumani's when selling for 55,000gns to Paul Webber.
     
    Cumani is invariably well represented at this sale and this year is no different. However, the yard will be particularly well represented tonight, when a stronger draft of horses includes the likes of Al, Laurence and Shakopee.
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    Lot 994: DUTCH LAW
     
    Anthony Stroud's productive week continues with the purchase of this classy miler for 150,000gns out of Hughie Morrison's yard.
     
    A four-time winner whose successes for breeder Raymond Tooth include the Albert Bartlett Handicap at Ascot in September, he is set to join Treasury Notes, Bravo Solo, Azraff and Twin Sails on the trip to Dubai. 
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    Lot 1028: PLEASELETMEWIN
     
    Saturday's Horris Hill Stakes winner was introduced as the 'star of the show' by auctioneer John O'Kelly and doesn't disappoint, selling for 450,000gns to champion Qatar-based trained Gassim Al Ghazali for 450,000gns,
     
    Alex Elliott, who bought the gelding as a yearling for £36,000, bid hard on behalf of undisclosed American interests (he sold with an entry in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf) while Charlie Gordon-Watson was another to show interest. However, they were unable to match the spending power of Gassim Al Ghazali, who has now spent close to a million guineas on eight horses so far this week.
     
    “I’m very happy to buy this horse. When I came from Qatar I had it in my mind that if this horse wasn’t withdrawn he’d be coming back with me. The owner, Sheail Al Kuwari - the leading owner in Qatar, told me there was no limit on what I should spend to buy this horse and that I had to bring him back with me. We’ve had our eye on him for three or four weeks now and it was just a case of whether or not he’d be withdrawn.”
     
    Ghazali was unsure whether the Breeders’ Cup entry would be taken up, saying: “I’ll speak to the owner tonight.”
     
     
    He added: “A bigger problem for me is the number of withdrawn horses. When I come from my country to buy the best horses in the auction and tell my owners I’ll get them a horse, sometimes I can’t buy an owner any horse as they’re withdrawn at the last minute.”
     
    The son of Power has run seven times for Ralph Beckett this year. After finishing fourth on his debut at Goodwood, he narrowly broke his maiden at Wolverhampton and later added to his haul when successful in a hot nursery at Newmarket's July meeting. He was stepped up to Group company thereafter and wasn't disgraced when fourth behind War Decree in the Vintage Stakes. He was probably too fresh when down the field in the Autumn Stakes off a break and went on to prove that running wrong on Saturday when the authoritative winner of the Horris Hill Stakes at the expense of Kings Gift.
     
    A versatile sort, he has won on good to firm, good to soft and the all-weather.
     
     
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    Lot 1070: LAURENCE
     
    Laurence, who won a good 1m2f handicap at Doncaster on Saturday, is set to continue his career in Saudi Arabia after selling to representatives of Prince Sultan bin Mohammed for 200,000gns.
     
    Prince Sultan bin Mohammed paid 260,000gns for Listed winner Hawke on Monday and 65,000gns for multiple winner Huntlaw (1050) earlier today.
     
    Plans will most likely include a crack at the King's Cup.
     
    The Fittocks Stud-homebred, a four-year-old son of Dubawi, has won three races for Luca and Sara Cumani and over £55,000 in prize-money.
     
     
     
    Meanwhile, one of the best bred colts of the day, Phidian (1065), will take up stud duties in Pakistan after selling for 11,000gns to Oliver St Lawrence. The unraced Galileo colt is out of champion Divine Proportions and a half-brother to Group 3 winner Eightfold Path.
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    Lot 1084: CONVEY
     
    The Juddmonte draft rolls on in front of a packed ring. Tony Bloom went to 170,000gns for Withhold, a recent winner of a two mile handicap for Charlie Hills after fending off the attentions of Tom Malone among others.
     
    Listed winner Convey, meanwhile, will race on in Europe for a Hong Kong-based owner after selling for 130,000gns to Rupert Pritchard-Gordon.
     
    Pritchard-Gordon had to fight off the likes of Jamie Osborne for the colt, who has overcome various ailments during his career to win the Pomfret Stakes and run second in the John Of Gaunt Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute.
     
    "He'll race on in Europe but I'm not sure of the exact training plans," said Pritchard-Gordon. "He looks like a horse who could be kept going for the beginning of next season - there are a number of valuable races in the spring that could suit and he could probably go on the all-weather too."
     
     
    The four-year-old Dansili colt is a three-parts brother to Group 3 winner Stronghold and half-brother to Listed winner Take The Hint.
     
     
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    Lot 1097: HARLEM
     
    New top lot as Alastair Donald outbids Tom Malone, standing with Joe Tizzard, at 520,000gns for this high-class stayer. Donald was signing in conjunction with Louis le Metayer's Astute Bloodstock.
     
    A career in Australia with David Hayes now beckons.
     
    The four-year-old Champs Elysees colt won the Listed Prix Frederic de Lagrange last year and returned this season to run placed in the Prix d'Hedouville and Grand Prix de Chantilly for Andre Fabre. He was also beaten less than four lengths in the Grand Prix de Paris.
     
    "He is for a Hong Kong-based client, who is determined to win the Sydney Cup," said Donald. "I bought Spillway for the client and he won the Australia Cup for David Hayes."
     
    Le Metayer added: "He is a beautiful horse who is lightly raced. His form also ties in with Grey Lion, who was second in the Geelong Cup, so that's strong."

     

     
    He is the sole winner to date out of Casual, a winning Nayef relation to Trade Fair and Silver Touch.
     
     
     
    Meanwhile, Willie Mullins has gained another high-profile recruit in Epicuris, the winner of the 2014 Criterium de Saint-Cloud. 
     
    The son of Rail Link was widely fancied for the Derby following that performance and did indeed head to Epsom the following June - but only after French officials denied Criquette Head-Maarek's request for equine behaviourist Nicolas Blondeau to assist with loading the quirky gelding in the Prix du Jockey Club (he had previously refused to load for the Prix Greffulhe). In the event, Epicuris ran creditably in fifth behind Golden Horn.
     
     
     
    Epicuris has run three times since and was Listed-placed earlier this season.
     
    "He'll go jumping but could head back on the Flat after that," said Kirk. "Sometimes jumping can sweeten up those horses and he's got the talent to one day become a Melbourne Cup horse. He's a classy horse and if we can get him to click, he'll be grand. He's a gorgeous horse too."
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    Lot 1107: JORVICK
     
    The next Juddmonte horse to light up the ring is Jorvik, a dual French winner for David Smaga who sold for 220,000gns to Ted Voute. The son of Mizzen Mast has shown the ability to act on Fibresand, which will stand him in good stead for a career abroad.
     
    Voute also later signed at 175,000gns for Absolute Zero (1118), a dual winner for Roger varian this term.
     
     
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    Juddmonte draft stats:
     
    Sold: 32
     
    Aggregate: 2,257,000gns
     
    Average: 70,547gns
     
    Median: 29,000gns
     
    Top price: 520,000gns.
     
    No. 100,000gns+ lots: 8
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    Lot 1149: REAL DOMINION
     
    Following an opening bid of 100,000gns - if only more of the expensive lots were like that - this dual winner sells for 350,000gns to Ted Voute, signing on behalf of Prince Faisal bin Khalid.
     
    Prince Faisal bin Khalid has horses in Europe with Andre Fabre but this horse is set to join his string in Saudi Arabia, where the King's Cup will hopefully be a likely objective.
     
    Trained by Andrew Balding, Real Dominion has won on the Polytrack at Kempton and over 1m4f at Ascot this year. The son of Cape Blanco - for whom he must be one of the most accomplished performers - has provided a fine return on investment given he cost 60,000gns as a yearling.
     
    Voute bought subsequent Saudi Group 1 winners Teletext and Smoking Sun at public auction in Europe for the Prince and is hopeful that this colt can scale similar heights.
     
    "We've been tracking him all year," said Voute. "He'll ship out there in two weeks and hopefully he'll be a type for the Kings Cup."
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    Lot 1178: PERCY STREET
     
    Listed-placed son of Sir Percy is snapped up out of Karl Burke's yard by Highflyer Bloodstock to join Nicky Henderson at 160,000gns. 
     
    Later on, it was the turn of recent Criterium de Vitesse third Rainbow Mist to take centre stage when selling out of Ann Duffield's yard for 100,000gns to Stuart Williams.
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    TOP THREE LOTS
     
    1097) HARLEM 4 c Champs Elysees - Casual, sold by Juddmonte Farms for 520,000gns to SackvilleDonald and Astute Bloodstock
     
    1028) PLEASELETMEWIN 2 g Power - Jacaranda Ridge, sold by Kimpton Down Stables for 450,000gns to Gassim Mohammed Ghazali
     
    1149) REAL DOMINION 3 c Cape Blanco - Real Doll, sold by Park House Stables for 350,000gns to Voute Sales 
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