Regime tops day one of Tattersalls HIT Training
MIDDLE-EAST BOUND prospects dominated yesterday's first session of the largest ever Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket with Michael Bell's four-year-old Regime topping the trade when making 200,000gns.
Anthony Stroud signed for the Golan colt, who will join Saudi Arabian handler Faihan Almandeel and bid to give him a seventh success in the King's Cup at Riyadh.
"I bought a horse called Fort a few years ago for the same connections and he ran very well in the King's Cup so hopefully this one can do as well," said Stroud.
But it was Dubai Carnival prospects who dominated business with former trainer David Loder among the busiest shoppers, with his purchases including David Simcock's seven-time winner Russki, who made 180,000gns early into the day.
"He is a tough, sound horse who looks like he is still heading in the right direction and looks a suitable candidate for Dubai," said Loder.
Stewards' Cup winner Conquest, who landed the Group 3 Willmott Dixon Bengough Memorial Stakes at Ascot on his latest start earlier this month, was later bought by Loder for 130,000gns. "There is a good series of races over six and seven furlongs out there and he's the sort of horse that could then come back here and do well next summer," added Loder, after outbidding agents Alastair Donald and Eamonn Reilly.
"When you're looking for Dubai you are trying to find specific horses to run in certain races over a six-week period so you have a small window of opportunity in which to make hay. I don't know at the moment who will train these two horses."
Jump jockey Tom Malone and agent Grant Pritchard-Gordon, accompanied by Australian trainer Lee Freedman's brother Anthony, were both keen to get the highly-rated Vincenzio Galilei, a handicap winner at Dundalk earlier this month for Ger Lyons, but he too will head to the Middle East after selling for 180,000gns to Stroud.
"He's for an established client and fitted into the 95-105 rating to run at the Dubai Carnival," said Stroud. Meanwhile Bahrain-based owner Mohammed Al Jasmi was also hoping Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Jargelle could also appear in Dubai early next year after paying for 100,000gns for the juvenile.
Smart German handicapper El Dancer caught the imagination of several jumping buyers. Simon Christian, J P McManus's racing manager Frank Berry, and underbidder Mags O'Toole - standing with Noel Meade - were among the four-year-old's fanciers but he will remain in Newmarket after being knocked down to agent Richard Venn for 165,000gns.
"He's going to Lucy Wadham and has been bought for an existing owner," said Venn. "He was a cracking National Hunt stamp of a horse and although he'll initially run over hurdles he looks a two-mile chaser in the making."
The day's figures little short of last year. The 4,254,300gns aggregate dropped by 15.3 per cent, the 18,103gns average was down by 17.1 per cent and the 7,500gns median was 25 per behind the 2007 figure.