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Dubai-bound Numbers sells for 75,000gns


Irish Derby also rans Puncher Clynch and Carraiglawn may have been withdrawn from trainer Jim Bolger’s draft at the Tattersalls July Sale but the Coolcullen handler still has a choice three-year-old on offer at Park Paddocks.
He was the US-bred Book Of Numbers, a three-time winner this year who had plenty of admirers.
Eamonn Reilly of BBA Ireland tried hard for the More Than Ready colt but it was local agent Oliver St Lawrence who had the final say at 75,000gns.
St Lawrence was buying for Bahrain-based trainer Fawzi Nass, who also owns Aislabie Stud near Newmarket, and the colt is likely to be aimed at the 2011 Dubai Carnival.
"He could go to Bahrain or Dubai to be trained. He vetted cleanly and is the sort that could make it to the Carnival, although he’s a little short at the moment with a rating of 94. Rather than keep him here and try and raise that mark he’s more likely to go down there and race pre-season," said St Lawrence.
The filly Ceannline, another from Bolger’s draft looks set to embark ona hurdling career, after selling for 45,000gns. The four-year-old Lil’s Boy filly, who is out a half-sister to Docksider, was bought by Venetia Williams.
But the best was expected to be still to come, in the shape of Michael Jarvis’s lightly-raced handicapper Business As Usual, who is  scheduled to sell at around 8.15pm. There was speculation that interest from the likes of Dubai and Hong Kong could see his price threaten the July Sale record price of 380,000gns.




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