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Earl Wild is Hong Kong bound after £60k sale

HOWARD JOHNSON'S two-time winning juvenile Earl Wild is set to continue his racing career in Hong Kong after changing hands for £60,000 at Doncaster’s November Sale on Friday afternoon.

A Carlisle maiden and Musselburgh nursery winner, he was bought by Linda Tate after she came out best in a duel with Bobby O’Ryan, who had originally bought the colt for 32,000 euros at the Goresbridge breeze-up sale in May.

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Howard Johnson: Earl Wild trainer

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

"I think there’s quite a lot of improvement in him and he’ll go into quarantine in a fortnight for three weeks and then can head on out to Hong Kong. I’ve had a lot of success with horses like him rated in the low 80s going out there," said Newmarket-based Tate, who acts as an advisor to a number of Far-Eastern clients.

The two-year-old was offered for sale following the death this year of his Perth-based owner Mark Black, who had had horses for two decades with Johnson including the likes of Howe Street, Grattan Lodge and Morceli, owned with his cousin Catherine Corbett.

Bolstered by the inclusion of several Irish-based lots which would have gone to defunct Goffs’ October fixture, the Horses In Training Sale - which had moved to two weeks later than its traditional date - set new records for aggregate, average and median.

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