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Bumper winner heads DBS trading at £90,000

DONCASTER'S August Sale opened to a huge crowd yesterday when a partnership dissolution led to a top price of £90,000.

Dual Ffos Las bumper winner Sir Johnson, who headed to Doncaster as the property of Jackie Fleetham and Gillian Davies, returned to Peter Bowen's stable solely owned by Fleetham and her husband Steve after he struck the successful bid.

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Peter Bowen: set to continue training Sir Johnson

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"He came to the sale to break up his partnership and now he belongs to my wife and myself," said South Wales-based Fleetham. "I hoped to get him for a bit less but he's going back to Peter now to go novice hurdling and will hopefully be decent. He wants a bit of cut in the ground."

The three-year-old Jackies Solitaire, who was offered to dissolved the same partnership, is leaving Roger Charlton to go jumping with Anthony Honeyball after making £22,000 when knocked down to Fleetham.

Four-year-old Three Mountainview, who was saddled by Colin Bowe to win a point-to-point at Inchydoney in May, is returning to Ireland after making £37,000. Agent Harold Kirk, acting for owner-rider Paul McMahon, saw off Tom Malone and Tim Vaughan for the Heron Island gelding.

"He's going to Shark Hanlon and looks the ideal type for Paul to ride in bumpers next season. He'll run in whatever races Paul can ride him in," said Kirk.

Simonsberg, an eight-time point-to-point and dual hunter chase winner for owner Simon Tindall, was bought by his County Antrim-based trainer Ian Ferguson for £24,000

"I've had him since he was a yearling and was hoping he'd come back tome," said Ferguson. "Simon is not having as many horses in training and I will have to find an owner for the horse now. He'll be carrying on mixing pointing with hunter chasing."

An annual summer dispersal from Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown Stud was headed by Guts For Garters, a hurdle and chase winner for Michael Hourigan, who was bought for £28,000 by Matt Coleman of Anthony Stroud Bloodstock.

"I've bought him in conjunction with Sean Clancy to go timber racing in America. He cost 215,000 euros as a store so is a very good-looking horse and he goes on fast ground, which was important," said Coleman.

Tom Malone paid £27,000 for the six-year-old Crude, who was previously trained by Dessie Hughes, from the Gigginstown draft.

"He's been bought for owner Derek Pugh and should be an exciting horse to run in open point-to-points. He's also still a maiden so should be a penalty kickfor one of those races," said Malone.

Yesterday's figures fell well short of their equivalents in 2010, when the day featured Harry Findlay's dispersal.




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