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Hurdles career beckons for Ascot August topper

DUAL Flat winner Castlemorris King topped the bill at Brightwells' Ascot August Sale yesterday when selling to Daisy Hitchens for £12,500. Peter Bowen was underbidder.

The four-year-colt, who finished third on his final outing for trainer Michael Attwater at Bath last week, is a half-brother to three winners and descends from a family that includes the Racing Post Trophy hero Commander Collins.

The son of Mark Johnston's Group 3-winning performer And Beyond will be trained by the Dorset-based handler Brian Barr and his future could now lie over hurdles.

"I felt he was the best horse in thesale," said Hitchens, whose colours the horse will carry. "He appears to be improving with every run, stays well and he will go novice hurdling.

"He has a lot of size and scope and it was encouraging that a number of the leading jumps trainers were interested in him."

Brightwells agent Andrew Hickman, who was acting on behalf of trainer Kim Bailey, had to part with £10,500to see off a determined Jamie Snowden for the three-times-winning hurdler Valento.

"Kim Bailey has bought the horse, ashe didn't want to see it leave the yard," said Hickman. "He hopes to form a new syndicate and if anyone wants to get involved in thehorse to give him a call."




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