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Jumps future for 150,000gns buy Ithbaat

THERE was no doubting yesterday morning's star turn at Tattersalls' July Sale, John Gosden's rangy Yarmouth maiden winner Ithbaat, who was seen as an ideal jumping prospect by many at Park Paddocks when making 150,000gns.

But few got a chance to show their interest in the Arch three-year-old, described as "something a bit special" by auctioneer Oliver Fowlston. Stuart Williams set the ball rolling with a bid of 20,000gns, but his price soon rocketed into six figures as the likes of Tom Goff, Bobby O'Ryan and US agent JoeSeitz showed their interest.

David Redvers, standing with trainer Tom George, had 140,000gns to offer but it came 10,000gns short of the final selling price bid by Eddie O'Leary.

Local agent Mags O'Toole, standing alongside O'Leary, signed the buyer's ticket and reported: "He's probably going jumping in Ireland and was beautiful horse with loads of presence.

"I actually tried to buy him as a yearling at Keeneland when Con Marnane got him for $160,000 and again followed him when he went through the breeze-up here last year (when selling for 300,000gns to Shadwell). Let's hope he's lucky."

Ithbaat, who was beaten a short-head in a 1m4f handicap at Newbury last Friday, was offered from John Gosden's stable for Hamdan Al Maktoum, the same credentials boasted by the July Sale's most famous jumping graduate, Istabraq, who sold for 38,000gns in 1996




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