Pipedreamer: the Prix d'Ispahan is a possible target for the son of SelkirkPICTURE:Martin Lynch
Pipedreamer in private sale to race for Koukash
LAST season's Prix Dollar winner Pipedreamer, who would have been the star attraction of yesterday's quiet Tattersalls February Sale had he not been a late withdrawal, has joined Kevin Ryan after selling to prominent owner Marwan Koukash in a deal brokered by Stephen Hillen.
Koukash also spent 44,000 gns yesterday on Prince Apollo, part of the Juddmonte draft who will join trainer Ian Williams.
Only last month, Pipedreamer's former owners, Cheveley Park Stud, were mulling possible stud options for the son of Selkirk, but Hillen revealed yesterday that the six-year-old entire is likely to race on for Koukash with the Prix d'Ispahan an early target.
"He's been bought for Marwan Koukash and he'll be racing again next season," said Hillen. "It's early days but I should think we'll look at all the top 1m or 1m1f races with him, including perhaps the Prix d'Ispahan. We'll have to see how it goes with him before thinking of any stud plans."
Bred by Cheveley Park Stud out a granddaughter of the operation's foundation mare Exclusive Order, Pipedreamer won of six of 17 starts and £457,792 in prize-money when trained by John Gosden. He was last seen finishing a close fourth to Twice Over in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.