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JP McManus - March 2008 - Cheltenham

JP McManus paid out €35,000 for Park Ranger

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Goffs latest: Aga draft brings out thebig buyers

The ever popular draft of Aga Khan horses brought the Goffs Horses In Training Sale to life  and Kevin Ross had to go to €130,000 to see off Gerry Hogan for the Michael Halford-trained three-year-old Sonapour.

Sonapour  won his maiden at Wexford in July and has since shown up well in handicaps. As a half-brother to the Grade 2-winning jumper Simarian he was always going to prove very popular with the jumping fraternity and so it proved.

The previous lot into the ring was the stylish dual Dundalk winner Takapour, who also hailed from the Michael Halford yard. A host of would be purchasers had to give best to Thomond O’Mara at €115,000. O’Mara was acting for a long established Hong Kong-based client and Takapour will continue his career in the Far East. 

Earlier,  €35,000 buy Park Ranger set the pace after he was knocked down to JP  McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry.

The Christy Roche-trained five-year-old (Lot 14) has won twice on the flat this year, including a decent handicap at Listowel last month while he has filled the runner-up spot on his last two starts over hurdles, notably when chasing home the classy Rebel Fitz at Cork in early August.

The Open Yearling section of the catalogue witnessed some decent demand for the better stock on offer and last year's top price of €29,000 was  left well behind by Bobby O'Ryan who  had to go to €50,000 for a colt  from the first crop of the Derrinstown StudDerby Trial winner Fracas. One of several representatives on offer by his Group 2-winning sire, the colt is a grandson of the outstanding American champion Life’s Magic.

Several minutes later Eamon Reillypaid €E40,000 for  a daughter of Acclamation from Derrinstown Stud, who was bought on behalf of a new client to race abroad.

A filly from the first crop of Papal Bull was knocked down to Hugo Merry/Brian Meehan for €26,000, a price matched by leading breeze-up man Con Marnane for a Windsor Knot half-sister (to the Listed-winning Craven Stakes runner-up Sonny Red.

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