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Ex Spearing horse tops Ascot sales at £25,000

JOHN FERGUSON  is sure to be in evidence at Tattersalls this week but it was an owner of the same name, rather than Sheikh Mohammed’s advisor, who led the way at Ascot sales yesterday.
 
He successfully bid £25,000 to top the day’s business when landing John Spearing’s dual-purposeperformer Rajeh. Ferguson, whose horses are all currently trained in Ireland, was still finalising plans for his purchase.
 
Wiltshire-based Mel Smith, who set up as a bloodstock agent this summer after 20 years working in racing, made her biggest purchase so far in her new career when paying £16,000 to see off Tom Malone for the six-year-old Donnachas Chant.

The War Chant gelding finished second in a Killarney maiden hurdle in August for trainer Debbie Hartnett and his future lies over fences.
 
“He’s still growing into himself and looks a smart chaser in the making,” said Smith. “He’ll be given plenty of time.I can’t say who my client is but he will be going into training in Somerset although it has not been decided where.”

John Deutsch, who trains point-to-pointers near Chipping Campden, paid £7,000 for Victory Parade, a dual winner over fences for Rebecca Curtis. Deutsch’s son Rollo is set to partner the eight-year-old in points.

Trainer Jeff Sadik was delighted to get the five-year-old Blizzard Blues for £6,200 when offered from Jamie Osborne’s stable.

“I just train for myself and only have three or four horses. This fellow has been running at the Grade A tracks like Ascot and Epsom and has some very good form on the flat. Apparently he has had some problems in the stalls but I hope to have him out in six weeks or so,” said Sadik.

 

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