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Azrag tops subdued final session at 35,000gns

FOUR-TIME winner Azrag was on Thursday the highlight of a subdued final session of this year’s Tatteralls Autumn Horses in Training Sale when selling for 35,000gns.

John Cullinan, acting on behalf of Gerard Butler, struck the winning bid for the four-year-old son of Mizzen Mast.

Butler is well acquainted with the 70-rated gelding, having trained him to win a brace of handicaps this summer for previous owner Fawzi Nass.

“He’s been bought by Gerard, who wanted to keep the horse in the yard and he’s got a plan for him,” said Cullinan.

Pisa-based trainer Devis Grilli, who acquired subsequent Listed winner Moustache at last year’s sale, parted with 22,000gns, through the Derby Bloodstock Agency, for two-year-old The Obvious Choice.

The son of Royal Applause was the winner of a nursery at Wolverhampton on his latest start for Stuart Williams and Qatar Racing.

“I thought he had nice conformation and I liked his pedigree,” said Grilli. “I hope he improves a bit next year. I’ll see how he settles in before deciding whether he races again this year but I’ll probably wait for next season.”

Grilli, who has a string of 30 horses, trained high-class sprinter Spirit Quartz to win a Group 3 at Capannelle before the gelding’s return to Britain.

Stuart Williams went to 21,000gns for the six-time winning sprinter Doctor Parkes. The six-year-old son of Diktat will also be plying his trade on the all-weather this winter.

“He’s for a syndicate of owners who wanted a horse for the all-weather this winter,” said Williams. I’ve paid more than I expected, but that’s typical of this week. Trade has been so strong.”





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