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Tatts day two topped by unraced Darley filly

THE Red Ransom three-year-old One Day In Spain, offered unraced by Darley from David Simcock's stable, changed handsfor 80,000gns in Tattersalls last night when bought as a breeding prospect by Russian owner Vartan Vartanov's Stud Farm 711.

Anani Antoniadas, bidding on Vartanov's behalf, fought off Swiss-based breeder Jim Atkinson for the filly, a daughter of Deauville Listed winner Capistrano Day.

"She was the only one on my list today and I loved her conformation," said Antoniadas, who spent seven years working for Ted Voute before becoming an agent.

"She'll go to Ballintry Stud in Ireland now we decide on a stallion but she will probably be covered by either a Coolmore or Darley sire. She will eventually go to Russia but her foal will be trained in Europe."

Atkinson had bought the pick of the morning's trade, 70,000gns Namid filly Redskin Dancer, who scored in a juvenile maiden last year for trainer John Oxx and her breeders, the Clague family.

Advised by Martin Percival, Atkinson is starting a breeding operation with his Spanish wife Martha Ortega under the banner of James Ortega Bloodstock.

"We bought three mares in December that we have sent to Manor House Farm Stud in Hertfordshire and we wanted to expand the broodmare side further. This filly had a nice pedigree, and unlike the other mares she is an outcross to Northern Dancer. She might go into training," said Atkinson.

The following lot, also offered from Oxx's stable, was another with plenty of fanciers although they came from a very different sphere.

The King's Best gelding, winner of a Leopardstown handicap last month in Sheikh Mohammed's colours, always looked destined to return to Ireland as a hurdler after a lengthy duel between Mags O'Toole and trainer Eddie Harty.

It was O'Toole who prevailed with a bid of 65,000gns for the three-year-old, who like his half-brother Leg Spinner is set to embark on a jumping career

"He was an attractive horse with size and scope and was impressive when winning at Leopardstown. He'll probably be going hurdling and he spent so long in the ring that at least he's guaranteed to get a trip!" said O'Toole.

There have been any other jumping buyers in Newmarket this week but relatively few lots to take their fancy although the rangy Lexi's Boy, a three-time winner for Kevin Ryan, was one that did catch several eyes.

Donald McCain,who bought his useful hurdler Drill Sergeant for 35,000gns at this sale 12 months, picked up the Verglas gelding for 60,000gns and he is set to race in the Overturn colours of Tim Leslie.

"It is really hard to buy juvenile hurdlers at the moment and the races have already started. There are very few suitable three-year-olds in the catalogue and there aren't really selling races to buy them from," said McCain.

"This might not have been the most fashionable horse here but he's already gelded, won over a trip and likes a bit of juice in the ground. We'll take him home and school and take it from there.

"We'll be entering Overturn at Galway and the Goodwood Cup but then he'll have a break and go jumping. That was what he was bought for."

Unraced three-year-old Shegotloose, a half-sister to Excusez Moi out of a half-sister to the outstanding Juddmonte mare Hasili, caught the eye of a pair of Australian buyers when appearing from David Lanigan's stable.

Agent Tim Stakemire, acting for Mike de Kock's main patron Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum saw off Glenn Burrows of Scone-based Willow Park Stud for the Dynaformer filly.

"It's not a family that comes up very often, certainly not in Australia," said Stakemire. "We'll put her in foal to southern hemisphere time and ship her back to Australia. She was a $150,000 yearling so we haven't done too badly! Hopefully we'll get one or two more on Friday."

 

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