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McCain strikes for Aga Khan horses at DBS

TRAINER Donald McCain and his principal owner Tim Leslie spent £200,000 on two Aga Khan offerings as jumping prospects at Doncaster’s November Sale today, headed by a three-year-old who has yet to see a racecourse.

Donald McCain jnr

Donald McCain: Doncaster buyer

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

The unraced Ebanour, an Indian Ridge half-brother to 2007 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Ebaziyan, had always been held in high regard by trainer John Oxx and went into the ring with a significant reserve.

Bidding soon hit six figures as McCain battled against DBS representative Tim Kent, acting for a telephone client, before the hammer came down at £120,000.

Shortly beforehand McCain had seen off auctioneer Nick Nugent, again taking instructions by telephone, at £80,000 to buy Emrani, who has scored three times this season for Oxx.

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