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Buck Magic is Ascot July Sale best at £22,000

Ascot July Sale comparative figures (£)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  217  179  146  253,090  1,733  1,100
 2009  165  132  109  231,040  2,120  1,400

WINNING four-year-old point-to-pointer Buck Magic was comfortably the most sought-after performer at Ascot's July Sale yesterday when selling for £22,000.

A winner at Kilmallock in Co Limerick in April, he will join Somerset handler Pat Rodford who - with the gelding's new owner Brian Derrick - saw off first Tom Malone and then Brightwells' southern representative Andrew Hickman.

"It was probably a lot of money but we got Holmwood Legend at this sale for £6,000 last year and he went on to win three times over fences and hopefully this horse can be as good," said Derrick, who is based near Bristol.

"I liked the look of him and he's likely to go over fences at some point this season but could startin a bumper or go over hurdles first, which is what we did with Holmwood Legend. I went to school with Pat and have had horses with him for a long time."

Derrick had also picked up a Midnight Legend two-year-old for £3,600 from a draft sent from Larkinglass Stud following the farm's sale and former managing director Liz Harrington was pleased to get a couple of other offerings in the consignment, headed by a £10,500 Kayf Tara gelding.

"I was sad to bring them here but they had to come to the sale with the business closing down," said Harrington, who works in association with trainer Neil Mulholland. "Our idea with breeding these horses came after seeing stores that we couldn't afford making fortunes at the sales in Ireland. We felt that the only way we were going to upgrade was by breeding our own horses.

"This fellow will go back in the field now, they only came in a week ago, and be broken in at three next year. If they are what I hope they are, then we will sell them on to an owner in the yard and if not they'll go to the sales."

Quayside Court, who scored twice in Irish point-to-points this year for trainer Carl Dore, willjoin Milton Harris after selling for £10,000 to agent Tom Malone.

"I know his point-to-point form and he was beaten by a good horse in between his two wins," said Malone. "He's a sound horse and hopefully he could start off in a summer bumper and keep going from there. I don't think he was expensive, he'd have made double that at Cheltenham in April or May."

BRIGHTWELLS will stage a new £25,000 two-year-old race at Ascot in September, 2011, for horses that have passed through their ring. Yearlings sold or bought in for the rest of this year or juveniles going through the ring in 2011 up to the April sale will qualify for the seven-furlong contest, which will not be early-closing to minimise entry costs for owners.




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470