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Redford (right) sold for130,000gns to Dr Marwan Koukash

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Redford tops Autumn Horses in Training sale

PROGRESSIVE sprinter Redford is set to race in Dr Marwan Koukash's colours next season after topping the trade in Newmarket on Monday at a steady first session of the Autumn Horses In Training Sale.

The four-year-old has scored three times for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and trainer Michael Bell, and made 130,000gns by the time agent Stephen Hillen, acting for Koukash, had seen off first Robin O'Ryan,stood with trainer Kevin Ryan, and finally Alastair Donald of Kern Lillingston.

"I just like the way this horse travels in his races. He'll go for a rest to the National Stud, where Dr Koukash has a few horses out of training and they do a great job, and we'll make a decision about a trainer after Christmas," said Hillen.

Local agent Mags O'Toole was the first to hit six figures when spending 100,000gns to get the four-time winner The Last Don out of David Lanigan's stable.

"He's a horse with some very progressive form and he'll be going into training in Ireland, initially to run on the flat but with a view to going jumping in the future," said O'Toole.

The private purchase of Derby third Masterofthehorse over the summer showed the spending power of Qatar's burgeoning racing industry and a man who is no stranger to success in Britain, Mohammed Moubarak, is set to start training in the Middle-Eastern state.

Moubarak, who won the 1991 Yorkshire Oaks with Magnificent Star when based in Newmarket, gained a potentially smart new recruit on Monday in Akhenaten, a handicap winner at Doncaster's St Leger meeting for Mick Channon, for whom he outbid Hillen at 100,000gns.

Newmarket trainer Debbie Mountain isoverseeing the group of horses heading to Qatar and she will take charge of Akhenaten, who was bought for owner Mohammed Ansari, before he goes overseas.

"The horses come back to me before heading out to Qatar," said Mountain.

"I've sent 30 out there, including Masterofthehorse, and although the season only started a couple of weeks ago we've already had two winners at the last meeting."

A day after Kind Heart, who was bought for just £6,000 out of a seller, made an impressive winning debut in an Aintree juvenile hurdle, her trainer Donald McCain had to spend rather more to get another three-year-old hurdling prospect, who was another offered from William Haggas's yard.

Al Qeddaaf was a seemingly unlucky third in a handicap at Kempton on Thursday and will now go jumping after McCain went to 80,000gns to outbid David Minton and Nicky Henderson for the son of Alhaarth.

"He probably should have won the other day and I just liked him," said McCain, who was buying for owner Tim Leslie.

"He looks like he'll do our job, he's won on the soft and is already gelded so we don't have to wait for him to be cut. We'll school him and just bring him along quietly."

Another who will be going juvenile hurdling is Barwell Bridge, a handicap winner at York's Dante meeting for Sylvester Kirk. He is set to move just a few hundred yards across Lambourn after being bought for 80,000gns byTessa Greatrex of Highflyer Bloodstock on behalf of her trainer husband Warren.

"He'll be going the juvenile hurdling route and has been bought by an existing owner with Warren," said his wife.

Heading those who failed to reach their reserves was the Fillies' Mile sixth Blue Angel, who attracted no shortage of interest but was bought in for 160,000gns.

The sale continues on Tuesday with a session starting at 9.30am.




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