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Pere Blanc hits six figures at Spring Sale

EXCITING novice chase prospect Pere Blanc, offered as part of George Ward's dispersal at Doncaster's Spring Sale today, changed hands for £100,000 when sold out of David Arbuthnot's stable.

An agent better known in Flat circles, Sheikh Mohammed's former racing manager Anthony Stroud, put in the successful bid for the six-year-old with trainer Steve Gollings, accompanied by owner Phil Martin, coming off second best.

"My career started out buying jumpers and he's for an old client from my Curragh Bloodstock Agency days who wants to remain low-key at the moment," said Stroud.

"He stopped having jumpers pretty much when I left the CBA but decided he is getting a bit long in the tooth now and wanted a few jumpers again. Healso bought Red Devil Boys for £72,000 at the recent Cheltenham sale and the horses are going out in a field now and then it will be decided where they go into training," said Stroud.

"I bought Hazy Sunset [a sister to Pere Blanc's great grandam] for Fred Winter so know the family and this looked a nice, progressive horse who was ready to go chasing. I've known David Arbuthnot a long time and he highly recommended the horse."

Five-year-old Make A Track, winner of both his bumper starts for Arbuthnot and Ward, was another in demand and sold to Newmarket agent Mags O'Toole for £85,000.

Earlier, five-year-old Yes Way Hosay was another point-to-point winner who failed to live up to his vendor's expectations. He was unsold at £140,000 when offered by trainer Roy Wilson.




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