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Thorman buy Phoenix rises to top of Tatts trade

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PAUL THORMAN got the better of Whitsbury Manor Stud owner Chris Harper to secure Phoenix Rising at the Tattersalls December mares sale on Thursday, who at 35,000gns became the most expensive lot of the day.

Consigned by her breeder Crichel Stud, the unplaced daughter of Dr Fong is in foal to Compton Place.

She hails from a family the pair know well since Thorman's wife, Sara, broke in her dam, Dead Certain, as a yearling on behalf of David Elsworth, who sent her out from Whitsbury to win the 1989 Cheveley Park Stakes.

A number of the mare's progeny have since been trained at the yard including the 1998 Cornwallis stakes third Deadly Nightshade.

"I've known the family all my life," said Thorman. "She's for Trickledown and if the Compton Place is nice enough, I'm sure we'll sell it next year. I've no thoughts at all about possible stallions - we've got plenty of choice as she's virtually free of Northern Dancer.

"This is the first thing I've managed to buy in a week. I'm trying to value them and make a commercial job of this."




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