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Goliaths couldn't be beaten at Doncaster sale

ComparatiVE figures: Doncaster december Sale
2008 460 347 213 61 1,124,150 5,277 2,000
2007 307 221 174 79 1,554,420 8,933 4,300

A TROUBLED autumn of bloodstock trading ended with a lively concluding session to the December Sale at Doncaster yesterday with Richard Fahey's smart juvenile Goliaths Boy the dearest of those to be sold.


Goliaths Boy is heading back to trainer Richard Fahey's yard

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 

The Medecis gelding won a Catterick maiden for owner Rob Lloyd in October before going on to be fourth in Listed company at Saint-Cloud last month.

Newmarket agent Linda Tate andan owner with John Jenkins tried hard for the two-year-old but it was DBS managing director Henry Beeby, via instructions by telephone, who had the final bid.

"I was bidding for owner Kevin McLeod and believe the horse will begoing back to Richard Fahey," said Beeby, whose client had to go to £90,000 to secure the colt

Goodison Glory to Greece for a winter in the sun
Alekos Giatras, who trains at Athens racecourse, had a productive day's shopping buying for the Greek-based Elias Stud Farm. He paid £48,000 for the progressive juvenile Goodison Glory, winner of two of his three starts this year for Fahey.

"He was a sound and athletic horse who has won his last two starts and we hope he keeps improving," said Giatras, who later saw off owner Marwan Koukash, seated with trainer David Simcock, to get the pick of a draft from Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell Stud.

That was three-year-old Zakhaaref, who was trained by Mark Johnston to win a Redcar maiden last year and heads to Greece after selling for £42,000.

Winning Irish pointer makes £26,000
The pick of several winning Irish point-to-pointers was the six-year-old Ifandbutwhy, who scored twice last month for owner Derek Veitch of Ringfort Stud. The Raise A Grand gelding will remain in Yorkshire after being bought for £26,000 by owner Harry Hogarth.

Quwetwo not sold at £325,000
But the day's highest-valued horse was the rangy five-year-old Quwetwo, a runaway winner of a Newcastle bumper last month in the colours of his trainer Sue Smith. He will be returning to the Bingley handler after being led out unsold at £325,000 although there was one genuine bid of £225,000 from Howard Johnson.

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King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470