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Fallen Idol - Sandown 23.04.10

Fallen Idol (left): is heading to the Dubai Carnival after selling to Anthony Stroud for 250,000gns at Tattersalls on Tuesday

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250,000gns pair head strong day at Tatts

LAST season's Heron Stakes winner Fallen Idol made 250,000gns on an action-packed second day ofTattersalls' Autumn Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket on Tuesday when bought by Anthony Stroud to race at the Dubai Carnival.

The four-year-old, for whom New Zealand agent Guy Mulcaster was underbidder, is expected to race for a Maktoum family member at Meydan.

"His trainer has still to be decided and he had the right rating and was an athletic horse who fitted the bill for the Carnival," said Stroud, who later saw off trainer Robbie Hennessy to buy Club Oceanic for 155,000gns from Jeremy Noseda's stable.

Jumping buyers were out in force again at Tattersalls yesterday and Well Sharp, a smart stayer for owner Andrew Tinkler and trainer Michael Dods, proved the hottest property when bought for 250,000gns by J P McManus.

Jonjo O'Neill - standing with J P McManus's son Ciaran - saw off Anthony Bromley and Alan King, Guy Mulcaster and finally Harold Kirk, who frequently buys for Willie Mullins, for the three-year-old.

"He's been bought for J P McManus and is a lovely stamp of a horse with a bit of size and bone," said O'Neill. "He looks a nice horses to go jumping with and was very athletic."

It would be no surprise to see the four-year-old Blissful Moment racing in the same colours next year after O'Toole, taking instructions with Ciaran McManus and accompanied by Noel Meade, paid 165,000gns to outbid Anthony Stroud for the gelding.

Shortly beforehand, O'Toole paid 125,000gns for three-times raced Cops And Robbers, who was trained by Sir Michael Stoute for owner-breeder Philip Newton to win a Newmarket maiden in August.

"He was a lovely, big scopey horse with very little mileage on the clock and he came well remembered. His dam Threefold was the first yearling that I bought for Philip Newton so I know the family well," said O'Toole.

Steve Gollings and his principal owner Phil Martin were underbidders on the three-year-old but earlier paid 95,000gns for three-year-old Allied Answer, an easy heavy ground maiden winner last month for trainer David Wachman.

"He was a lovely horse and he'll be gelded," said Martin. "He'll be given time and he might be more a horse for next year, he doesn't appear a Triumph Hurdle type."

Richard Hannon's large draft provided the early highlights yesterday with Saturday's Horris Hill Stakes winner Tell Dad selling for 240,000gns to race in Hong Kong and Monsieur Chevalier joining P J O'Gorman after realising 210,000gns.
It was mission accomplished for Sussex-based Sarah Lakin when seeing off first New Zealand-based Ric Wylie and then Tom Goff, for Tell Dad.

"He's been bought to replace Fat Choy Ichiban, who was also by Intikhab and the leading stayer in Hong Kong but has been retired due to injury," said Lakin. "We had a replacement permit to get a new horse that had to be in the same rating banding and, according to the handicapper Nigel Gray, this was the only one we could buy here, even before his win on Saturday. He probably needs a break now but I'll discuss that with the owner."

Monsieur Chevalier, who finished second in this year's Golden Jubilee Stakes, is staying closer to home after being bought by Newmarket handler P J O'Gorman for owner Max Leverett's To The Max Partnership.

"We've had a good season with five winners from only four horses in the yard," said O'Gorman, whose father Bill trained many star speedsters from Seven Springs Stables. "It's nice to have a horse like him and no doubt the old man will tell me how to train him!"

Another staying in Newmarket is Eton Rifles, a Listed winner at the Curragh earlier this month when trained by David Elsworth for Transcend Bloodstock, the partnership of Graham Wylie and the six-year-old's former trainer Howard Johnson.

Stuart Williams paid 105,000gns for the gelding and reported: "We've had plenty of winners this year but just been lacking a Saturday horse for the big meetings. Hopefully thishorse can be competitive in the nice heritage handicaps next year, he seems in the form of his life.

"He's been bought for a syndicate of my current owners, unfortunately I haven't got one person who could buy a horse like that outright."

Mulcaster, buying for Sydney trainer Chris Waller, had a frustrating couple of days but saw off trainer Chris Grant to buy Thubiaan out of William Haggas's stable for 135,000gns. "He's the type to improve as he getsolder and we're trying to upgrade the stock we have," said Mulcaster.




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