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Peter Bowen: bought his bumper winner Call Me Bill for £60,000

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Bumper winner Bill tops DBS August finale

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  276  204  129  63  1,066,400  8,267  3,500
 2009  275  178  135  76  1,191,400  8,825  4,000
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  560  402  262  65  2,341,950  8,938  4,000
 2009  553  386  282  73  2,183,200  7,742  4,000

PETER BOWEN'S 10-length Wetherby bumper winner Call Me Bill starred at Wednesday's concluding session of Doncaster's August Sale when returning to his trainer in new ownership.

Acting for Ballycassidy's owner Roddy Owen, Bowen bid £60,000 for the Brian Boru gelding, whose victory in June came on the back of two bumper seconds and he is now set to go jumping.

"I'm delighted he's coming back home," said Bowen."He's only a four-year-old and is a lovely, sound horse to train. He's already had a break so I'll think we'll go on with him. He goes on soft ground and he'll be running over hurdles but will be a chaser eventually. We knew all about the horse and what he is and that makes at big difference, rather than buying one you don't know."

Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation was well represented in the catalogue and heading the draft was three-year-old Wadnaan, who - like the top lot - also boasted a recent 10-length success.

That came in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed's son Hamdan at Beverley last Tuesday, four days before he went on to be fifth in a competitive handicap at Goodwood.

The Shamardal will make the short journey from Mark Johnston's stable to East Witton after Ferdy Murphy had the successful bid of £54,000.

"He looks like a jumper rather than a flat horse and I've bought him on spec," said Murphy. "His win at Beverley was fantastic and I was impressed by his run at Goodwood. We'll give him about eight weeks out so he has a bit of a break."

The mixed catalogue included a handful of jumping mares headed by the Listed hurdle winner Oligarch Society, a half-sister to the black-type performer Shirley Casper with a covering by the latter's dam Presenting.

Anthony Bromley, seated with Juliet Minton, Robin Knipe of Cobhall Court Stud, Frannie Woods and agent John O'Byrne all bid for the mare but it was Bobby O'Ryan who successfully offered £56,000.

"She was a lovely mare from a beautiful family and has been bought for a partnership in Ireland," said O'Ryan.

Cornish comedian Jethro was offering a few of his choicely-bred National Hunt yearlings of which a Flemensfirth filly out of Mistinguett, and hence a sibling to Mitsanoora, Mitsernando and Rimsky, was the pick. She was bought by Swanbridge Bloodstock for £42.000.

All In Days Work, a half-brother to Godolphin's Caulfield Cup winner All The Good, finished third on his debut in a Killarney bumper for Andy Oliver last month and he looks set to make a quick reappearance after realising £52,000 yesterday.

Agent Gerry Hogan, acting for owner-rider Barry Connell, saw off Mags O'Toole for the Red Ransom gelding.

"Barry had seen him run and I should think he'll be out in a bumper again in the not too distant future," said Hogan. "He's a grand, athletic horse who can only improve and he's going into training Ireland but I'm not sure with who at the moment."

Howard Johnson's promising three-year-old Bow Beaver is heading to sunnier climes after selling for £40,000 to Oliver St Lawrence. "Helooked a bit high in the handicap here and he's going to Saudi Arabia where he should suit their racing," said St Lawrence.

Gamble doesn’t come off
No horse catalogued had attracted more column inches than D Four Dave, who landed a huge gamble in a Kilbeggan handicap hurdle in June. But - despite hotfooting it to Doncaster after a run at Roscommon the previous evening - there was no big payday yesterday when he was led out unsold at £9,000.

What they were saying
"The atmosphere of Tuesday flowed over to today (Wednesday) and the two days returned a set of improved figures that demonstrate the resilience of the market after such a traumatic time for the industry.

"We look forward to our renamed Premier Yearling Sale with cautious optimism as our graduates have performed so well on the track."
Henry Beeby, DBS managing director




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