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Saigon - Kirsty Milczarek - Newbury July 2011

Saigon: Listed winner is heading to Dubai

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Stroud snaps up Saigon for 340,000gns at Tatts

HIGH-CLASS performer Saigon is destined for the Middle-East after topping the penultimate session of Tattersalls' Autumn Horses in Training Sale on Wednesday.

The three-year-old son of Royal Applause, who beat Caspar Netscher in last year's Rose Bowl Stakes, was knocked down to Anthony Stroud for 340,000gns.

"He's going to the Duabi Carnival," said Stroud. "He had the right profile and should be a nice horse out there. James Toller has done very well with him and he should be exciting."

Stroud raided Andrew Balding's Park House draft late in the day, parting with 170,000gns for the progressive handicapper Expense Claim and splashing out 150,000gns on Jeff Smith's smart sprinter Desert Law.

Unbeaten juvenile Seolan, winner of the Listed Listed Silken Glider Stakes at the Curragh on her latest start, is set to continue her career overseas after selling to US-based trainer Jim Cassidy for 320,000gns.

As with several of Cassidy's other purchases, the Alhaarth filly will race for Californian owner Deron Pearson.

"She was the pick of the sale among the fillies for us, although we didn't think she'd make as much,"said Gordian Troeller, who signed the ticket.

"We really got sold on her yesterday afternoon when we watched the video of her Listed win - she was always going to win but this filly came to her quarters and you could see Seolan looking at her out of the corner of her eye and kicking on again. She looks like a filly with an awful lot of heart.

"She could race straight off the plane in a Miesque Stakes at Hollywood."

Useful middle-distance handicapper Last Shadow will run in the iconic gold and green hooped silks of JP McManus after his racing manager Frank Berry beat off Anthony Bromley at 210,000gns for the three-year son of Notnowcato.

"He will be going to Jonjo O'Neill," said Berry about the three-year-old son of Notnowcato. "We've watched him this summer and he is very consistent and appears to have the scope to go jumping. I hope he's lucky."

Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock also parted with 210,000gns for the wild card Goldoni, the winner of a Listed race on his latest start for Andrew Balding.

The three-year-old son of Dylan Thomas will be joining Motivado, who sold for 200,000gns on Tuesday, at Lindsay Park in Australia.

"He's going to David Hayes" said Boman. "His Listed win means he's Melbourne Cup qualified and hopefully he'll go on to be a Cup horse for David.

"He had the speed to win over seven furlongs at two, but has proven he stays this year. He doesn't have any ground preferences which is also a bonus."

A busy Boman wasn't finished there and went to 200,000gns for the Juddmonte offered Jet Away. A Listed winner this season for Sir Henry Cecil, the son of Cape Cross is also destined for warmer climes.

"He is has been bought for an Irish-based client to run in Australia," said Boman. "We see him as a potential Caulfield Cup - he likes firm ground and has a good turn of foot. He's lightly raced for a five-year-old and we expect him to run for the next couple of years. He could be a potential stallion prospect."




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