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Fanjura 22.08.09

Fanjura: Listed-placed gelding is heading to Australia after being snapped by Grant Pritchard-Gordon for 210,000gns

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Tattersalls lit up by
sale of Royal Diamond

TRAINER Michael Dods and owner Andrew Tinkler set the Tattersalls ring alight at the Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket last night when paying 400,000gns to see off Howard Johnson for Sir Mark Prescott's four-time winner Royal Diamond.

Tinkler, who co-owns the Eddie Stobart haulage firm, has only owned horses for two years and his new purchase is likely to be targetted at some top staying handicaps next season.

"We went to Sir Mark's yard and I fell in love with him. I don't think he's fully matured yet," said Tinkler.

"I've got about a dozen horses with Michael including Barney McGrew, who will go to Dubai, and I only got my first horse in 2007 through my partner Alison."

Dods added: "He's a proper horse and has done everything right and will be put away now and I know Andrew would like to go for the Northumberland Plate. He could also go for the Ebor but we won't be sending him jumping.

"We thought he was good enough to pay a proper price for and Andrew had said to go to 350,000gns but we had to go a bit further."

Former Racing Post Newmarket correspondent Geoffrey Faber earlier saw off Anthony Stroud to get three-year-old Martial Law, who finished fourth in a Deauville Listed race last week for Andre Fabre, for 230,000gns.

"He's been bought for a client to go to Victoria and will hopefully become a nice staying horse. We were keen to get a three-year-old colt and hope he can improve. There are not many like him at this sale," said Faber, who set up as an agent six years ago after spending seven years in Dubai as a steward with the Emirates Racing Association.

Also going to Australia is Barry Hills' four-time winner Fanjura, who finished third in a Goodwood Listed event last month. Agents Marc-Antoine Berghgracht, Anthony Stroud and Johnson tried for the four-year-old, who was bought for 210,000gns by Grant Pritchard-Gordon.

"He's going to Lee Freedman in Australia and has been bought for a partnership called the Ball and Chainers.I bought six for them last year and they have won seven races," said Pritchard-Gordon.

"He'll head out in January and then have a couple of outings in the autumn and hopefully could be running at the Spring Carnival this time next year."

John Gosden's smart three-year-old Big Bound is set to continue has racing career in Saudi Arabia after selling for 200,000gns to Frank McGovern, who manages the stables of King Abdullah and his sons.

Howard Johnson didn't leave empty-handed and paid 160,000gns to see off David Pipe for Sir Mark Prescott's progressive handicapper Ascendant and 140,000gns to buy Moon Indigo from the Ballydoyle draft.

Indeed the jumping buyers were out in force with Jonjo O'Neill spending 150,000gns on another Prescott offering, Braveheart Move, and Graham Bradley, who has revived his Berkshire Bloodstock Agency after a spell warned off, bidding 135,000gns to get Sunwise, a winner over 12 furlongs earlier this month at Dundalk for John Oxx.

"I've bought a few today and since October 1 I haven't stopped riding out for different trainers ahead of this sale. Mr Oxx was kind enough to allow me to ride out and this was my pick of the four he had here," said Bradley.

"He had a lovely attitude when I rode him, he had loose shoulders and is the type of scopey horse who could become a superstar over hurdles or fences. I can't say who he's been bought for at the moment."

Agent Anthony Stroud struck early to get the Chesham Stakes winner Big Audio for 175,000gns on behalf of a long-standing client. Although many of Stroud's purchases have been bought for the Dubai Carnival, this colt will remain in Britain.

Also in the Richard Hannon draft was Princess Margaret Stakes runner-up Full Mandate - who raced for a syndicate including Peter Doyle's wife Anna, David Cox and Jan Rus - and will head to Californiaafter being bought for 150,000gns by agent Gordian Troeller.

"She was the main reason I came to the sale and was the one I really wanted," said Troeller. "I go down to Richard's quite a lot to look at horses and I lovedher for the first time I saw her two months ago. She subsequently ran a very good race in the Goffs Million Sprint and the form has been boosted with Beethoven winning the Dewhurst.

"She's going to Jim Cassidy and we've had more success with fillies than colts via the like of April Pride, Ticker Tape and Singhalese.

"To me she ticked all the right boxes, she's a great physical specimen with a good cruising speed and I think she could be stretched to stay a mile in America.

"I thought we might have to give a bit more to get her and I think Big Audio was also probably cheap. My usual crowd hasn't come over this year but that is mainly because Californian racing is in trouble. Certainly one guy I buy for has decided to take a year out but he should be back next year."

Others heading across the Atlantic include a pair from Tony Bloom and Harry Findlay's dispersal. Lethal Combination was bought by John McCormack for 100,000gns and will join either Kiaran McLaughlin or Graham Motion while Jamie McCalmont, accompanied by trainer Ben Cecil and owner Paul Boghossian's racing manager, paid 115,000gns for Bab At The Bowster.

"I thought she was nicest two-year-old filly in the sale. I think prices have been reasonable although the market at home is down a little more than here," said Cecil, whose purchase will race for Boghossian's Triple B Farms.

Von Jawlensky will leave Aidan O'Brien's stable to go to Qatar after being bought for 125,000gns by his new trainer Mohammed Moubarak while the Sadler's Wells juvenile Icon Dream, who won his only start for David Wachman, was bought for 100,000gns by Dr Marwan Koukash by agent Stephen Hillen.




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