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Oscar gelding makes £220,000 at Newbury 

FOUR weeks after winning a point-to-point on his only start,
four-year-old Classical Twist sold for £220,000 at DBS's post-racing sale at Newbury racecourse on
Saturday night.

Sales company director Michael Dale saw off agent Aiden Murphy and finally Paul Nicholls' assistant Dan Skelton to get the Oscar gelding, who was trained by Denis Murphy for owner Pat Coffey to score at Belharbour last month.

"He is staying in Britain to race but I'm not able to say who he has been bought for," said Dale.

After a larger first renewal of this sale 12 months ago saw only 45 per cent of those offered change hands, the clearance rate improved marginally to 54 per cent in an hour of trading on Saturday that saw 12 of the 22 lots offered sell.

But only one of the three offerings in the dispersal of Sir Robert
Ogden's remaining jumping interests was sold in the ring.
Handicap chaser Giorgio Quercus is returning to Nicky Henderson's stable in new ownership after being knocked down for £120,000 to John Haydon, owner of Clarendon Farm in Wiltshire.

The seven-year-old was offered with entries in the Byrne Group Plate and Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham.

"He's been bought for a client who is a good friend but I've been
asked not to say who it is," said Haydon, after outbidding Rebecca Curtis's partner Gearoid Costelloe. "The horse is almost certain to return to Nicky Henderson.

"He's a horse with proven form and ability and hopefully will go to Cheltenham with a live chance. But he's been bought with the future in mind, not just Cheltenham, as he's still only a seven-year-old."

Dark Shadow, a novice hurdle winner at Ludlow and Thursday, and Problema Tic will both return to Henderson in Ogden's ownership after failing to reach their reserves.

Four-year-old Sound Investment, who fell on his only point-to-point start, was bought for £100,000 by Graham Wylie to join Paul Nicholls via the trainer's assistant Dan Skelton.

"He was a belting-looking animal and we liked him the moment we clapped eyes on him," said Skelton. "It's difficult to decide what to do when you get them at this time of year. We'll take him home and assess him but maybe give him a break and then bring him back over hurdles next season. But hopefully he'll make a nice chaser eventually."

 

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