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Bumper winner returns to Bowen at £90k

4.15pm: Dual Ffos Las bumper winner Sir Johnson made £90,000 at Doncaster's August Sale today although he will be returning to trainer Peter Bowen's stable after his appearance in the South Yorkshire auction ring.

Peter Bowen - NH Trainer

Peter Bowen: will continue to train Sir Johnson

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The five-year-old was offered to dissolve his ownership partnership and is now theproperty of Steve Fleetham and wife Jackie.

"We part-owned him with Gillian Davies and now he is our horse," said South Wales-based Fleetham. "I hoped to get him for a bit less but he's going back to Peter now to go novice hurdling. He wants a bit of cut in the ground and will hopefully be a nice horse."

Meanwhile, point-to-point winner Three Mountainview is returning to Ireland after making £37,000. He will be trained by Shark Hanlon for owner-rider Paul McMahon after being bought through agent Harold Kirk.

THERE is no shortage of would-be buyers at today's opening session of the Doncaster August Sale although the early offerings were notably light onstar quality.

Ian Ferguson was responsible for the early market leader when going to £24,000 to see off Gerald Bailey to bring Simonsberg back to his County Antrim stable.

The eight-year-old has sported Simon Tindall's colours to eight successes in point-to-points and two hunter chase victories and Ferguson was keen to get him back.

"I've had him since he was a yearling and was always hoping he'd come back to me," said Ferguson. "Simon is not having as many horses in training and I will have to find an owner for the horse now. He'll be carrying on mixing pointing with hunter chasing."






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