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Shantou gelding tops lively trade at Goffs

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  251  218  143  66  2,371,500  16,584  13,000
 2008  270  231  160  69  3,983,000  24,894  20,000

Sold by Stephen Lanigan O'Keeffe, the three-year-old was widely acclaimed as one of the stars of the sale and he did not disappoint. The grey grandson of Alleged attracted a host of interest parties but none could match O'Leary whose purchase is out of the Grade 2-placed Sparkling Sword.

"He's a half-brother to a horse who showed up well on both his bumper runs last season. He's just a very nice horse and let's hope he's lucky," said O'Leary.

One of the busiest and most high profile purchasers in action yesterday was Durham trainer Howard Johnson, who was accompanied by owner Graham Wylie. Their spending was headed by a €75,000 son of the French stallion Dom Alco who has been well represented on the track in recent seasons by Paul Nicholls' multiple Grade 1-winning chaser Neptune Collonges.

The three-year-old, who hailed from Norman and Janet Williamson's Oak Tree Farm, cost £26,000 at last year's Doncaster Spring Sale.

 "I want to the try and win the Land Rover Bumper. I've tried a few times but haven't managed to do it yet," remarked Johnson.

"This horse could be an ideal sort. He's a very nice type and he's not too big so hopefully we won't have to wait too long for him but we'll just have to see what happens when we break him. He's been bought for Graham."

Later in the afternoon Johnson spent €50,000 on a son of the runaway Irish Derby winner Zagreb out of a half-sister to four winners who was consigned by Abbey Stables. Several minutes later he spent €44,000on a Presenting gelding from Rathmore Stud whose relations include the one time Cheltenham bumper runner-up Alzulu.

Goffs agent Gerry Hogan was another prolific purchaser and he fought off several challenges to secure a Beneficial three-year-old from Larch Grove Stud for €55,000.

"He's a strong, powerful walking type and he is an own-brother to two winners already. I've bought him on behalf of a client," stated Hoganwhose purchase shares his sire with last season's RSA Chase hero Cooldine. The latter cost €10,000 when Andrew Slattery bought him here in 2006.

Among the other British-based purchasers in action was David Minton who gave €41,000 for a Sassanian-own-brother to the high class French chaser Sybellius D'Artaix and €40,000 for a Kalanisi gelding out of a half-sister to the Henry II Stakes hero Akbar. Kalanisi, who produced last year's Champion Hurdle hero Katchit, was also represented by one of the attractive propositions in the catalogue in an Elizabeth Murphy-owned half-brother to the former Land Rover bumper winner and subsequently top class jumper Glencove Marina. He cost Eugene McDermott €36,000.

 "He's a nice type with plenty of size and his half-brother speaks for himself. We'll take him home and see what happens," commented McDermott.

The latest renewal of the Land Rover bumper went to the Jessica Harrington-trained Imperial Cascade and the Moone trainer picked up several candidates for next year's renewal in a €32,000 Distant Music gelding out of an own-sister to Valiramix and €26,000 for an Indian Danehill half-brother to the classy Sesenta.

 

 

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STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £1,159,072
Presenting £1,090,199
Beneficial £992,913
Oscar £905,804
Milan £875,402
Westerner £851,298
Flemensfirth £785,193
Kayf Tara £672,028
Midnight Legend £597,240
Stowaway £505,737