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Red Gulch: Listed winner is heading to Dubai after selling for 250,000gns

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com.photos) 

International interest boosts HIT Sale

A DIVERSE band of international shoppers combined with some well-heeled domestic buyers to help Tattersalls' Autumn Horses In Training Sale begin on a solid note in Newmarket yesterday.

The day's standout, Ed Walker's recent French Listed winner Red Gulch, always looked set to head overseas as his future was fought out by the likes of Guy Mulcaster, shopping for Sydney trainer Chris Waller, and agentssuch as Alastair Donald, Jamie Lloyd and Joe Miller, all with US clients, before Anthony Stroud landed the four-year-old with a 250,000gns bid.

"He's been bought to race at the Dubai Carnival but hasn't been allocated a trainer yet," said Stroud, who bought Godolphin's Melbourne Cup contender Lost In The Moment at the same sale 12 months ago.

Ed Walker

Ed Walker: sold Listed winner Red Gulch for 250,000gns

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

"He suited the profile my client was looking for and Ed Walker has done a great job with the horse since buying him last year (for 40,000gns). I think there are less highly-rated horses here then in previous years."

Mulcaster was earlier underbidder to representatives of Gai Waterhouse, making a first shopping foray in Europe, at 135,000gns for Henry Cecil's Newmarket handicap winner Glencadam Gold.

"Glencadam Gold was a lovely looking, stretchy, scopey sort who is bred to get a bit further,"said Slade. "He's also lightly-raced and well-rated so hopefully there's a bit of improvement in him."

Jump trainers were out in force and the few attractive hurdling prospects were hard to land, most notably Grumeti, winner of handicaps at Haydock and Sandown over the summer for trainer Michael Bell.

Shark Hanlon, Rebecca Curtis's partner Gearoid Costelloe, Hughie Morrison and finally Eddie O'Leary all tried for the three-year-old but he will join Alan King after being knocked down to Anthony Bromley for 100,000gns.

"He's for Max McNeill, who sadly lost Mille Chief recently," said Bromley. "There's a scarcity of exciting jump prospects here with size, scope and good movement so we had to go to our full limit for him."

Another likely to leave Bell to go jumping was four-year-old Prompter, who made 78,000gns when knocked down to Jonjo O'Neill, standing with J P McManus's son Ciaran and racing manager Frank Berry.

Gramercy, another from Bell's draft, was bought by agentStephen Hillen for 90,000gns on behalf of Dr Marwan Koukash.

"He'll be trying to win the Ayr Gold Cup for a third time for Dr Koukash," said Hillen. "The horse has some good bits of form and I thought I got him for a bit under budget. They seem to have been good value today and less expensive thanthey were at this sale last year."

This sale has been a happy hunting ground for trainer David Nicholls and he saw off fellow sprint specialist Stuart Williams to pay 90,000gns for Addictive Dream, who was beaten a short-head in the Listed Rous Stakes earlier this month.

"He was a nice individual and I've had some luck buying here before. I'm looking for an owner for the horse," said Nicholls.

Others heading further afield were unexposed two-year-old Van Rooney, who has shown promise on all his starts for Tommy Stack and was knocked down to Hubie de Burgh for 75,000gns to go to Hong Kong.

Qatar-based trainer Ibrahim Al-Malki, who paid 550,000gns for last year'ssale-topper Hearts Of Fire, bid 72,000gns to buy three-year-old Gentle Lord from Tom Dascombe's stable.
"He's for a new owner and we'll start him off racing in Qatar but if improves a bit we'll run him in Dubai," said Al-Malki, who added that Hearts Of Fire is set to race in Britain after next year's Dubai Carnival although his new trainer is still to be decided.

 

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