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Hearts Of FireHearts Of Fire: sold to Qatari trainer Ibrahim Saeed Al-Malki at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale on Monday   PICTURE: Martin Lynch 

Tatts Autumn HIT Sale - 550k for Hearts Of Fire

Lot 405; Hearts Of Fire - Pat Eddery's stable star will be campaigned by Qatari interests in the near future after trainer Ibrahim Saeed Al-Malki, sitting with pinhooker Armando Duarte, fights off a host of international interest with a sole winning bid of 550,000gns.

The son of Firebreak was on the market the moment an unidentified bidder standing alongside Dandy Nicholls opened trading at 100,000gns. Brendan Holland of Grove Stud made a brief play for the three-year-old at 120,000gns before Dermot Farrington threw in a single bid at 160,000gns.

Australian Paul Moroney also tried hard to secure the colt, entering the fray at 220,000gns and only giving best when bidding went north of 500,000gns. Anthony Stroud was another admirer as was US trainer Ben Cecil, who was hiding on the back stairs.

However, it was Tattersalls marketing manager Jason Singh who provided the strongest competition, bidding up to 500,000gns on behalf of Jehan Malherbe of the South African-based Form Bloodstock.

"We were looking for a good horse and he was obviously the best one in the sale," said Al-Malki, who was advised by Duarte and Conrad Allen. "He's been bought for Hasan Ali Abdul Malik and will be based in Qatar for now.

"He might run in Dubai at the carnival before coming back to race in Europe nextyear- his trainer in Europe is undecided."

The second dearest horse to sell at this sale following Sugar Ray, who cost 600,000gns in 2008, Hearts Of Fire is by another former Tattersalls Autumn star in Firebreak, who sold to John Ferguson for 525,000gns at the 2001 renewal after taking the Mill Reef Stakes.

Lot 375 - Lost In The Moment, an impressive winner at Newbury on Saturday in the colours of Michael Tabor, is likely to be seen next in action at Dubai Carnival after Anthony Stroud, standing alongside David Loder, gets the better of Paul Nolan at 130,000gns on behalf of an existing client.

The three-year-old son of Danehill Dancer has been largely progressive since being sent handicapping by Jeremy Noseda, winning three of his last five starts. He was also second in the Silver Cambridgeshire.

"He was really our pick of the day," said Stroud. "He seemed quite reasonable for that sort of price and I think in past years he would have made a bit more. He's a nice, progressive three-year-old and suitable horses for the carnival are short on the ground at the sale this year."

Lot 62 -California trainer Jim Cassidy strikes again, this time when fighting off Stuart Williams at 200,000gns for the Group 3-placed two-year-old Surrey Star. The Roger Teal-trained colt was a head second to Rerouted in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes on his penultimate start.

"He's been bought for Tom Arndt of Class Racing," said Cassidy of the son of Dubawi. "I didn't think we'd get him for that - he's a lovely horse and I'm very happy to have him.

"There's a chance we might run him in the Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park (Grade 3; November 27). If not, we'll wait until the start of the Santa Anita meet in late December."

Cassidy expects to have two runners in the Breeders' Cup; Evening Jewel in the Fillyand Mare Sprint and The Usual Q T in the Mile.








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