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J P McManus: bought County Handicap Hurdle fourth Plan A for £140,000

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Plan A returns to Elliott after £140,000 sale

J P McMANUS is set to have his first horse with Gordon Elliott after paying £140,000 for the Count Meath handler's smart hurdler Plan A to top the opening session of Doncaster's Spring Sale yesterday.

The five-year-old most recently finished runner-up in a Flat handicap at the Curragh but boasts a CV that includes third place in last season's Triumph Hurdle and fourth to Alderwood in this year's County Handicap Hurdle.

 

Graham Bradley made much of the early running for the son of Le Vie Dei Colori with trainer Ian Ferguson lasting to £100,000 before Philip Hobbs provided McManus's racing manager Frank Berry with his final opposition

"He's going back to Gordon and will be the first horse we have had with him," said Berry. "He's been very consistent throughout his career and goes on goodish ground. You'd hope he'd jump a fence in time but we'll send him back and decide what to do with him."

At an opening day of the Spring Sale that lacked some of the fireworks of yesteryear, there was only one other six-figure lot, four-year old Briar Hill, who landed a point-to-point at Necarne earlier this month for owner Wilson Dennison and trainer Colin McKeever.

The Shantou gelding is set to race in the colours of his cousin Boston Bob after being bought by Harold Kirk for £100,000 on behalf of Graham and Andrea Wylie.

"He is going to Willie Mullins and is a horse that came highly recommended," said Kirk.. "He's a late-maturing horse and only had his first start the other day so you'd hope he'd go on from there."

The Million In Mind partnership's dispersal has provided many of the highlights at this sale over the years and the 2012 three-strong draft, grossing a total of £159,000, was headed at £80,000 by Krushlinin, who has won his past two hurdling starts at Perth for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Donald McCain signed for the five-year-old, who is likely to go novice chasing next season.

"This horse beat me a couple of times this spring and I was quite taken by him. He'll probably be going chasing now," said McCain. "He's been bought for Paul Rooney, who came to me at the start of last season and has had a bit of success with the likes of Absinthe, Keeneland and Beeves."

Earlier, Cambridgeshire handler Sarah Humphrey gained another potential chaser after agent Anthony Bromley saw off Paul Webber at £65,000 for the Charlie Swan-trained Moyaliff.

The five-year-old landed a point-to-point in October and easily won a maiden hurdle at Killarney earlier this month.

"The good thing for us was that his win came in May, not April, which means he can run as a novice hurdler for another 12 months. It made quite a difference to us when we were bidding although he has been bought principally as a long-term chasing prospect," said Bromley.

It was a busy day for trainer Evan Williams and heading his shopping list was Tipperary bumper winner Definite Dream, who made £60,000. "We probably won't see the best of him over hurdles, I hope he'd be a decent chaser eventually," said Williams.

 

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