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McCabe purchase heads final day of Tatts July

THE Juddmonte-consigned Swerve was the standout lot on the third and final day of Tattersalls' July Sale yesterday, with Alan McCabe and Tom Malone seeing off Armando Duarte at 80,000gns for the Oasis Dream filly.

Stuart Williams and Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock, standing with Chasemore Stud manager Paul Coombe, showed an early interest in the filly, while Armando Duarte came in at around 50,000gns. However, Malone, standing at the top of the stairs, landed the final blow.

A maiden winner at two for Dermot Weld, the three-year-old had shown useful form this year, running against top-class opposition including 1,000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen.

"She is very nice filly and one we came to buy for a new client," said McCabe. "She's a racy type who likes to run from the front and appears to be genuine. She came up against a few good ones of Aidan's in Ireland and looks as though she could be Listed or Group class."

The highlight of yesterday's evening session was Halfsin, a three-time winner for Marco Botti, who was bought by Daylami Hussain, on behalf of the Indain owner-breeder Ali Syed, for 58,000gns.

Syed, who owns the Spanish football club Racing Santander, is looking to expand his bloodstock portfolio.

"Mr Syed is new to the game, but he has a couple of horses in this country with David O'Meara and is becoming more involved," said Hussain. "This horse will probably head to Bahrain, but it is not a definite. The horse has a good rating and he has performed well on turf."





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