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Nicky Henderson - Kempton 21.11.2011

Nicky Henderson: set to train £115,000 purchase Kaki De La Pree

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Winning hurdler Savello tops Cheltenham sale

DUAL hurdle winner Savello starred in Cheltenham on Firday  when making £215,000 to top Brightwells' December Sale.

Agent Mags O'Toole signed for the five-year-old, who scored at Fairyhouse last month for County Wexford handler John Berry, but only after she had fought off strong opposition from Jonjo O'Neill, standing with J P McManus.

Paul Nicholls and Anthony Bromley, Tim Vaughan and agent Gerry Hogan were others who tried for the Anshan gelding.

"He came highly recommended and his future is hopefully all before him, he looks like he will make a very nice chaser eventually," said O'Toole, who could not name her client. "Some very good judges were after him and he'll keep on running now."


Four-year-old Kaki De La Pree, a point-to-point winner at Dromahane last month for Pat Doyle, is set to join Nicky Henderson after being knocked down to Highflyer Bloodstock for £115,000.

Among those returning to Ireland was Jarob, who cost his trainer Trevor Horgan 7,000 euros as a store last year but sold for £80,000 last night on the back of a victory at Ballinaboola in County Wexford three weeks ago. Agent Kevin Ross signed for the four-year-old.

"He's for an existing client and going into training in Ireland,"
said Ross. "He's gorgeous-looking, a real chasing type and won very impressively. He looked to have plenty of toe."

The filly Definite Memories, a pointing winner last month, was bought for £61,000 by owner David Hunt to join Venetia Williams while Fairy Rath, who was saddled by Paul Cashman to finish third in a winners' bumper at Fairyhouse on Saturday, was snapped up by trainer Nick Gifford for £60,000.

"I like his sire, Accordion, and he has come from very a good hotel. He should be ready to go on with and hopefully he will be out somewhere over Christmas," said Gifford.

But the evening demonstrated that while there was demand for scopey horses with some form, there were more horses than the market required and National Hunt breeze-up horses continue to be  hard to move on.

The best breezer was a Milan three-year-old, who had been unsold for €24,000 at Fairyhouse in June, but after a good workout at Prestbury Park was sold for £65,000 to Jonjo O'Neill, who was accompanied by his landlord J P McManus.

 

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