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THE versatile Ingratitude is destined for a tilt at the Galway Hurdle this summer after selling for £35,000 at Doncaster's January Sale on Wednesday.

Agent Bobby O'Ryan bought the six-year-old, an impressive handicap hurdle winner at Kempton over Christmas for trainerNicky Henderson, on behalf of a syndicate in Ireland.

Ingratitude, who raced for a partnership of Club ISM and Johnno Spence's sports marketing agency, also won a Towcester novice chase in October and was a Flat winner for Ralph Beckett.

"No decision has been taken on who will train him but I've bought him for a small partnership and he'll be going to Ireland now," said O'Ryan. "He'll have a rest and he has some very decent form, likes good ground and hopefully will be an ideal horse for the Galway Hurdle."

Ashram half-sister bought as breeding prospect
The twice-raced three-year-old Tara's Force, an Acclamation half-sister to runaway Somerville Tattersall Stakes winner Ashram, will not race again after selling for £19,000 to Matt Coleman of Anthony Stroud Bloodstock.

"She's been bought for Andrew Cohen's Wood Hall Stud," said Coleman. "They are looking to expand their mares, upgrade families and she fitted in well with what they wanted.

"She'll go straight to stud and probably be covered by a speedy stallion in Britain as the Cohens want to keep her at home.

"We actually bought Ashram as a yearling so know the family well and hopefully he can continue to progress this year."

Art heads to Ireland
Three-year-old Impressionist Art boasted another standout Flat pedigree as a grand-daughter of 1979 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Durtal and a half-sister to the Ascot Listed winner Secret Garden.

The Giant's Causeway filly was unsold at 8,500gns at the Tattersalls December Sale but changed hands for £16,000 yesterday when knocked down to BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe, who had been underbidder on Tara's Force.

"She's for an existing client in Ireland and it's more than likely that she'll go to Coolmore to be covered by one of the Danehill stallions, the cross has worked well with Secret Garden," said Donohoe.

"It's possible she might run again, she certainly has the ability to win, she's a very good-looking filly with a decent pedigree, there's plenty happening on the page."

Sale results
After a lively trade for some of last year's jump-bred foal crop on Tuesday, there was solid demand for a largely modest catalogue yesterday prompting the sale's £2,500 median to finish 13 per cent up on last year's figure, although the average of £5,392 dropped by 11 per cent. The catalogue was less than half the size of last year's and the aggregate dropped accordingly.

doncaster january sale: comparative figures day two
2009 149 111 71 320,200 4,510 1,900

For all lot details read Thursday's Racing Post





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