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Bosamcliff stars on steady day at Ascot

Ascot End of Season Sale comparative figures (£)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  165  132  109  83  231,040  2,120  1,400
 2008  243  169  142  84  328,900  2,316  1,600

THERE was a bumper bargain-hunting crowd at Ascot's mixed July Sale on Tuesday although only one horse passed the five-figure mark - four-year-old Bosamcliff, who has shown fair form in hurdles for Brendan Powell in recent months.

Wayne Clifford, who previously owned the filly in partnership, now has her in entirety after coming out best at £11,000 in a duel with trainer Jim Best and his brother Tom.

"He's the only horse I didn't own outright and was offered to dissolve his ownership partnership," said Clifford, who founded Bathwick Tyres. "He will go to a new trainer but I haven't decided where."

It was a busy day for Clifford, who went on to pay £7,000 to get the four-year-old Colour Trooper out of Peter Winkworth's stable. "I wanted a cheapie for the summer but again I don't know whose going to train him," added the owner.

Hampshire handler Chris Gordon paid £7,100 to buy the dual hurdle winner Honour's Dream, who was offered from Tom George's yard.

"We bought him to have fun round the gaff tracks like Fontwell and Plumpton and as he seems to want bottomless ground he'll probably have a break," said Gordon, who has around 30 inmates for the new season.

Helen Nelmes has a more select team at her stable near Dorchester but she is hoping that Not Another Barney, winner of a point-to-point at Higham in January, can be a flagbearer in the coming months after buying him for £7,000.

"He's been bought to go novice chasing and it's nice to have an owner willing to buy a horse like him," said Nelmes. "I've got seven to run at the moment and Owyn (Nelmes) is going to ride him."

Harlequinn Danseur, winner of a mile and a half handicap in May for Neil King, will join Dai Burchell after making £6,600.

"He's been bought by Jason Tuckerand will be put away for the summer," said the Gwent trainer.

Brightwells' Newmarket-based representative Andrew Hickman was giving nothing away about where the £6,000 winning hurdler Midnight Diamond might be heading while Hampshire-based breeder David Bond paid the same amount for the very first lot on show, the 10-year-old mare Woodbury, who was offered from Chris Harper's Whitsbury Manor Stud.

The daughter of Woodborough, who has not been covered this year, is a half-sister to last season's Nunthorpe Stakes winner Borderlescott and will join Bond's fledgling broodmare band at Withyslade Farm near Salisbury.

"We're a new operation and have put up post and rail fencing on 100 acres and she will join the five other mares we have," said Bond. "The idea when we get going is to keep the fillies to race and sell the colts and I currently have horses with Alan King.

"I thought this mare would make a lot more and I think people hadn't spotted her in the catalogue. We've got plenty of time to decide who will cover her next season."

Point-to-point trainer Alan Hill, whose wife Lawney trains under Rules, successfully bid £5,500 for Sarahs Gift, who finished fifth in a handicap chase at Stratford on Sunday for trainer Matt Sheppard.

"He may summer race but could go point-to-pointing because he's a maiden," said Hill. "We saw him run on Sunday and we've got to keep stocking up with pointers. He's only six and Ascot has done us well in the past."

Jockey-turned agent Tom Malone had a busy day and paid £5,500 for the maiden Tabaran to join Alison Thorpe.

"He looks to have a very attractive handicap mark and should do well in low-grade races," said Malone.




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