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Fallen Idol - Sandown 23.04.10

Fallen Idol: Knocked down to Anthony Stroud for 250,000gns

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Idol set for Dubai after selling for 250,000gns

FALLEN Idol, winner of last season's Heron Stakes for Normandie Stud and John Gosden, could be next seen at the Dubai Carnival after selling to Anthony Stroud for 250,000gns. Stroud had to fight off Guy Mulcaster, representing Australian trainer Chris Waller, for the four-year-old son of Pivotal.

Although it was left to John Gosden to open the bidding at 10,000gns, international interest in the colt was evident soon after with New Zealand-based agent Paul Moroney among those to show their hand.

"He's been bought for the Carnival," said Stroud. "A trainer has still to be decided. He's got the right rating and was a beautiful horse who was bred by a good operation in Philippa Cooper's Normandie Stud."

THE jumps men clashed on strapping three-year-old Well Sharp with Jonjo O'Neill getting the better ofjumps aganet Harold Kirk at 250,000gns.

His sale marks another success for Andrew Tinkler following that of Tell Dad to Hong Kong this morning.

"He's been bought for J P McManus," said O'Neill, "and is a lovely stamp of a horse with a bit of size and bone. He looks a nice horses to go jumping with and was very athletic."

Anthony Bromley, standing with Alan King, was one of the first to make a play for the Selkirk colt. Chris Waller's representative Guy Mulcaster came in at 100,000gns but both were soon blown away by O'Neill and Kirk, whowas bidding at the top of the stairs.

An 80,000gns yearling purchase by trainer Michael Dods, Well Sharp twice carried Tinkler's colours to victory, namely when successful on his juvenile debut at Ayr and in a Redcar handicap earlier this year. However, his strongest performance arguably came when third to Brown Panther in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot.

AS ANTICIPATED, Saturday's Horris Hill Stakes winner is heading abroad after selling to Sarah Lakin, acting on behalf of an undisclosed Hong Kong owner, for 240,000gns.

Alastair Pim opened the bidding at 30,000gns for the Richard Hannon-trained Intikhab gelding. Lakin, standing with Geoffrey Howson, was one of the first to show interest as was New Zealand-based agent Ric Wylie. In the end, however, it was Tom Goff who provided most competition.

"He's the only one I came here to buy," said Lakin. "He's in great form and still improving. He probably needs a break now but I'll discuss that with the owner.

"I'd have looked at him even if he hadn't of won on Saturday. I think his value was already there prior to the Horris Hill, especially as he already looked to be improving."

Asked if she felt nervous that Saturday's victory would push Tell Dad out of reach, Lakin replied: "No. I had a strict budget and you can either afford them or you can't."

Lakin is no stranger to success in Hong Kong with recent purchases including champion stayer Fat Choy Ichiban, by coincidence also a son of Intikhab. Tell Dad has been bought as a replacement for Fat Choy Ichiban, who was recently retired due to injury.

"We've bought Tell Dad through a replacement permit," Lakin explained. "With a replacement permit, the horse has to be of the same calibre as the previous one and bought within a certain time frame, although the owner in this instance was granted an extension by the Hong Kong handicapper. The criteria is quite strict."

Lakin was also active at the October Yearling Sale on behalf of Hong Kong interests, paying 125,000gns for two yearlings with Geoffrey Howson. The pair also made a play for the 260,000gns sale-topping son of Exceed And Excel atBook 2.

Otherwise, Lakin and her husband Tony are best known as the owners of Whites Farm Stud.




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