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Ellison buys £50,000 top lot at DBS opener

A SUBDUED opening day's trade at the DBS Autumn Sale yesterday was headed by Bishop's Castle, a thrice-raced maiden for Mark Johnston.

Brian Ellison stuck the winning bid of £50,000 for the son of Distorted Humor, who finished third on his latest start in a 1m maiden at Windsor.

“We'll give him a holiday and he should be a nice horse to run on the Flat next summer,” said Ellison. “He has been bought for Koo's Racing Club. I was worried we wouldn't get him and £50,000 was the maximum.”

Regal D'Estruval, a dual winner for Jim Culloty in Ireland, will be prepared for a spring campaign after being snapped up by Worcestersire-based trainer Dr Richard Newland.

Newland, fresh from saddling a winner at Plumpton on Monday, outbid Donald McCain at £24,000 to secure the seven-year-old son of Panoramic.

“He's a very nice jumper, who has shown good form in the past,” said Newland. “He looks like he needs a break, as he has been on the go for a long time. We'll freshen him up and he'll be back in the new year. We will look at some of the better races, as his ratings quite high – he could be one for the Topham at Aintree.”

Local trainer David Griffiths added to his expanding team when going to £24,000 for the Green Desert four-year-old Arabian Star. Trained by Andrew Balding to win a brace of competitive handicaps this summer, Arabian Star will join Griffiths' 17-strong team, which includes four yearlings recently purchased in Ireland.

“He looked a really progressive horse during the summer but slightly lost his way,” said Griffiths. “It's what we expected to pay and I hope he can develop into a Saturday horse next year. He has been bought for an owner who bought four babies over in Ireland and we're looking forward to next season.”





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