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Pointer Boardwalk Empire on top at Ascot

JUST as at Brightwells' record-breaking Cheltenham sale a fortnight ago, it was an Irish point-to-pointer that stood out at the company's Ascot Derby Sale on Thursday although it took a more modest outlay to top proceedings.

Whereas the Cheltenham sale boasted a £155,000 top lot, it needed only £13,000 to head a brisk day's trading yesterday when the maiden Boardwalk Empire, who has been placed in seven of his 10 starts, was offered.

Agent Tom Malone dug deep to try and get the five-year-old - who most recently finished runner-up under J T McNamara at Ballysteen on April 29 - but he had to give second best to Wiltshire-based Edward Magor, who is set to continue point-to-pointing his new purchase in Britain.

Homer Run headed to the sales in good form having won a handicap hurdle winner at Towcester on Monday for trainer Seamus Mullins, and he is set to join Simon Earle after making £12,500.

John Powell, who runs the EPDS Racing Syndicate, struck the successful bid and he could keep his new purchase running.

"Andrew Thornton spoke highly about the horse and I was actually hoping he didn't win at Towcester as we probably had to pay a bit more for him as a result," said Powell. "We could give this fellow one more run and then turn him out and start him off again in November.

"This is the third horse in training we have and our main horse, Shilpa, is more of a good-to-firm performer so more suited to running between April and October and it should work out well having this one to go on with through the winter."

Four-time point-to-point winner Citizens Arrest was sold for £10,000 to Simon Andrews while trainer Lawney Hill paid £8,500 for the mare Bellaboosh, who finished third at Ffos Las on Tuesday having won a Hexham handicap hurdle last month.

"Her trainer Dave Roberts said that the ground was too soft for her last time out so we'll take her summer jumping and hope she enjoys the better ground. We have got about 20 to run through the summer but we don't have an owner for Bellaboosh at the moment," said Hill.




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