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Double Expresso

Dual bumper winner Double Expresso was bought by Howard Johnson


Double Expresso tops final DBS sale of 2009

Year  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  206  129  63  1,147,250  8,893  3,200
 2008  347  213  61  1,124,150  5,277  2,000

DOUBLE EXPRESSO, who bagged his second Southwell bumper success for Oliver Sherwood a week ago, headed business at Doncaster's final sale of 2009 today when selling for£87,000 to trainer Howard Johnson.

The five-year-old, who raced for Fawley House Stud, had plenty of admirers. Agent Tom Malone kicked off the bidding at £20,000, Paul Webber soon joined in and Tessa Greatrex of Highflyer Bloodstock lasted until £80,000, at which point Johnson – acting for Graham and Andrea Wylie – entered the fray.

But he faced one final opponent in agent Aiden Murphy, who came within £1,000 of the selling price. "It’s a bit of a coincidence because Andrea has just had twins, so the Double in the name is very appropriate, and he's related to Inglis Drever going down the pedigree," said Johnson.

"It’s a decent family and he won't run in another bumper. He'll go hurdling now but will jump a fence in time. He's the first I've had by Kayf Tara although I've actually got a mare in foal to him."

Although Murphy missed out on the top lot, he had a busy day, spending £52,000 on Eastern Supreme, winner of a Market Rasen bumper in September for Peter Niven, and went to £50,000 to see off Graham Bradley for Behindcloseddoors, who was trained by Pam Sly to land a three-year-olds' bumper at Lingfield a fortnight ago.

"They are both for an exciting new charity syndicate that is going to be launched at Cheltenham on Friday," said Murphy. "They will go to Kim Bailey and are a pair of young bumper winners with huge potential and I'm delighted to get them at those prices."

Murphy also paid £30,000 for Marufo, a Southwell handicap chase winner for Heather Dalton in June who will join Philip Hobbs, and £40,000 for the pick of a three-strong draft offered by Cornish comedian Jethro, who has oneof the classiest collections of National Hunt mares in Britain.

Murphy’s purchase was the unraced four-year-old Tizzy Frizzy, a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Aran Concerto who was covered by Kayf Tara in March. "She's been bought for a new breeder who doesn't want to be identified and I think two years ago she would have made double that price. It’s a very good time for people to be getting into these jumping mares," said Murphy.

Last year's Fillies' Mile fourth Beat Seven was offered from Gay Kelleway’s stable to dissolve her ownership partnership and – after making £46,000 – is now solely the property of Phoenix Reach’s owner Andrew Christou, who previously had a half share.

"She's coming back to me, Andrew was just buying out his partner so she had to come here," said Kelleway. "I’m delighted to be getting her back. Good horses don’t come along too often and she’s a really decent one. She was a very good two-year-old but has just had a few niggly problems this season. We trained her for the Guineas and she has just never been quite right this year. But she’ll be back and go for Group and Listed races next season."

The pick of a draft from Darley was Troopingthecolour, who won a Lingfield maiden last month for John Gosden and Princess Haya. Trainer Steve Gollings' wife Jayne, accompanied by the three-year-old's new owner Phil Martin, had the successful £41,000 bid.

"He’s a nice big scopey horse," said Gollings. "We’ll geld him and then give him a bit of time before hegoes jumping. He got returned for his wind at the horses in training sale in Newmarket when he made 40,000gns but he has won since and doesn’t seem to have a problem."

Lisa Kitchen, manager of Dave and Deborah Curran's Gazeley Stud, bid £33,000 for the Group 3-placed filly Undaunted affair, offered from Kevin Ryan’s stable.

"The idea is to breed from her but she could go back into training first. She’ll come back tothe stud and then we’ll make a decision," said Kitchen. "We’ve 16 mares at the moment and 10 horses in training."




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