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Alfa Beat made the early running at Doncaster when making £75,000

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National prospect Alfa Beat sells for £75,000

MARYLAND-BASED trainer Tom Foley, acting for America’s leading jump owner Irv Naylor, paid £75,000 at Doncaster’s Spring Sale this morning for Alfa Beat as a Grand National prospect.

The seven-year-old was saddled by Charles Byrnes towin the Kerry National in September and went on to be fourth when well-backed for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham.

"I’m Mr Naylor’s main trainer and he was lookingfor a horse that could have a crack at the English National," said Irish-born Foley, who outbid Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock.

"He’ll probably stay in this country to be trained and we will look for a trainer with a good record in the National. I came over really just to get this horse, he was our main target and he is still only seven and looked an ideal horse for the race."

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