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Overturn falls to McCain for £75,000 at DBS

Day 2 DBS October Sales comparative figures (£)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  250  198  137  69  715,500  5,219  2,400
 2008  268  203  133  66  553,500  4,161  2,500

WALTER Swinburn's recent Salisbury handicap winner Overturn headed Doncaster's October Horses In Training yesterday and is set to go hurdling with Donald McCain after making £75,000.

Evan Williams put up a spirited fight against McCain but the five-year-old, a gelded son of Barathea, will head to Cheshire in the ownership of Tim Leslie.

 

"He was the obvious one here, the real standout today. I watched him run at Haydock and loved his attitude then he beat Omokoroa, a horse they like belonging to Whiteoak's owner, at Salisbury," said McCain.

 

"As Evan said to me, it was Overturn's attitude and toughness that really appealed and he showed he handled a bit of cut at Salisbury. The down side is that he's five but he's not had a lot of racing. We'll get him home, take our time and school him.

"Tim's got about 15 with me now and is getting a really nice band of horses together. We're full again with 105 horses in our main yard and might lookfor a couple next week in Newmarket."

Last year's Sirenia Stakes winner Philario, who won a valuable handicap at the Curragh in May when trained by Karl Burke, was also in demand. Bidding kicked off at just £800 and among those to try for the colt were trainers Derek Shaw and David Nicholls along with a Kuwaiti buyer but it was DBS representative Tim Kent who had the successful £50,000 bid.

Kent was speaking by telephone to a BBA Ireland representative and, after one of the four-year-old's previous owners bought out his partners, the horse is likely to be aimed at the Dubai Carnival next year.

Chester specialist Cheshire Prince is set to try his luck over hurdles after selling from Mark Brisbourne's stable to Newmarket handler Neil King for £30,000.

"We bought Gallileo Figaro from the same source and she won six races for us but her half-sister Gozzip Girl won the American Oaks in July and we got a good offer so sold her. This is the replacement. We've been looking for a while for a classy horse to take us to the bigger meetings and hopefully this will be the one," said King.

"We've got our biggest ever team of 30 and made our best start so far with five winners."

Two-year-old Sejanus, a Wolverhampton maiden winner for trainer Kevin Ryan in September, was bought by a Kuwaiti buyer for £22,000,while Richard Fahey's four-time winner Rossini's Dancer is going jumping.

The four-year-old was bought for £20,000 by agent David Smyly on behalf of Harry Turcan, an owner with Sue Bradburne.

Yesterday's trade saw solid increases in average and aggregate compared to 2008.

 

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