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Kelvin Hughes gets Candy for £200,000

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AINTREE mares' bumper winner Candy Creek will join the Nicky Henderson yard after being sold to owner Richard Kelvin Hughes for £200,000 at Brightwells' April Cheltenham National Hunt Sale.

The Definite Article filly was sold to David Minton of Highflyer Bloodstock on behalf of Kelvin Hughes and is set to take the place Chomba Womba, who has now been retired to the paddocks. Chomba Womba herself is a graduate of this sale, having been sold for £160,000 two years ago.

Minton explained: "Chomba Womba is now off to stud so Candy Creek was bought as her replacement and will be joining Nicky Henderson."

Kelvin Hughes quipped: "It's quicker than breeding!"

Earlier in the evening trainer Ferdy Murphy went to £105,000 to hold on to Mister Wall Street, an impressive Haydock bumper last month and the four-year-old will be seen out next at the Punchestown Festival.

Murphy said: "He will be going for the Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival and Nina Carberry will ride.

"A share in the horse has been sold to Pippi McKeane, who also had Leading Man with me."

Earlier in the evening Scottish Grand National entry West End Rocker was the first horse to be sold and will be heading to the Ayr showpiece on Saturday for his existing yard.

The seven-year-old was knocked down to Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock for £100,000.

Bromley explained: "The horse will be staying with Alan King and runs at Ayr on Saturday.

"The partnership that previously owned the horse has been dissolved and a new partnership will now be formed. Barry Winfield, who was part of the previous partnership, is still involved and I would think the horse will run in the same colours on Saturday."

Overall, trade was down at this year's sale, with the sale registering its lowest aggregate total since 2006 and a high number of unsold horses.

However Matt Mitchell, head of bloodstock at Brightwells, was happy enough trade.

He said: "Year on year figures are somewhat immaterial when you are comparing sales which include a large number of horses on training but given the current economic climate, we were very pleased with the level of demand.

"Proven good horses sold well and there was also a decent market for some store horses.

"The diversity of buyers was very satisfying."

The next Brightwells sale at Cheltenham takes place on Saturday, May 16, when the new sales arena will be utilised for the first time.




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