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Sackville secures Minor
Vamp for 80,000gns

AGENTS from the Hungerford-based Kern Lillingston agency were responsible for the two highest prices yesterday morningon the penultimate day of Tattersalls' July Sale.

Ed Sackville fought off Anthony Stroud to pay 80,000gns for four-year-old Minor Vamp, whose earnings of nearly £750,000 are primarily due to her victory in the 2008 Goffs Fillies' Million for trainer Richard Hannon.

The Hawk Wing filly has run only once since then and Sackville could not reveal where she would be heading.

"She's for an existing client and I don't whether she'll be staying in this country," said the agent. "She has a nice pedigree and a good race record."

Sackville's colleague Alastair Donald earlier paid 60,000gns for the John Gosden-trained Run For The Hills. The Normandie Stud home-bred finished third in last season's Listed Rous Stakes at Newmarket.

"He's going to Roger Charlton for an owner who I've bought for before," said Donald. "He's a fine sprinter and will probably be dropped back in trip as he didn't seem to stay seven furlongs last time.

"He's a good Saturdayhorse who could easily win a £50,000 handicap and could go on to run in Dubai."

Middle-Eastern buyers were again out in force and Mark Johnston's tough handicapper Duellist is set to race in Saudi Arabia after being bought for 47,000gns by trainer Naif Alatawi.

"He vetted well and seemed a nice, tough horse who should do the job in Saudi," said agent Bertie Butler,who advises Alatawi.

"He'll probably head out quite soon as the trainer likes to acclimatise his horses before the season gets going in November."




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