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Formosina and Ryan Moore win the Railway Stakes The Curragh 27.06.2010

Formosina (black colours): topped the third day of the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale when selling to Naif Alatawi for 320,000gns

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann 

Tatts HIT topper Formosina to Saudi

BUYERS from the Middle-East and Australia took on a handful of domestic flat and jumping buyers yesterday at the penultimate session of the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale to ensure a solid demand for any performer to have shown some degree of talent.

Saudi trainer Naif Alatawi is set to take charge of yesterday's most-prized lot , Railway Stakes winner Formosina, who realised 320,000gns. The Footstepsinthesand colt's trainer Jeremy Noseda was keen to retain him and he provided the final opposition to agent Bertie Butler, acting for Alatawi and owner Prince Sultan bin Mohammed Al Kabeer.

"Every year the horses we have been buying for Saudi have been getting dearer and dearer and I think they are going to become a serious force in a couple of years," said Butler. "Formosina will be aimed at the UAE Guineas and has been bought for the same connections we got Electric Waves for yesterday.

"He looks like he will go on the sand and I don't think we would have got a horse like him for this price a year ago."

John Hills' Melrose Handicap winner Mount Athos caught the imagination of jumping buyers such as Mags O'Toole and Bobby O'Ryan but he will head to Ireland to race on the flat after agent Stephen Hillen came out best in a battle with Alastair Donald at 190,000gns for the Montjeu colt.

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