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Ten-time winner tops Brightwells April Sale

FIVE days on from Brightwells' record-breaking Cheltenham auction on Wednesday night, it was back down to earth for the company's April Sale yesterday when the top price was just £5,500.

That sum was paid by Brightwells' southern representative Andrew Hickman for 10-time winner Swiss Art, who went under the hammer following a third place at Wincanton on Sunday for trainer Brian Barr.

 

"He has been bought a regular Brightwells client but I can't say any more," said Hickman.

Owner Steven Astaire paid £4,800 for Cutlass Silver, who won her most recent point-to-point start for trainer Simon Jones and holds an entry in a novices' hunter chase at Chepstow on Friday evening.

Heading further afield is the six-time winner Hawaana, who made £4,500 when offered from Gay Kelleway's Newmarket stable. The seven-year-old has not been seen on the racecourse since February, but enjoyed a good summer last year when winning handicaps at Doncaster and Epsom. Newmarket agent Richard Venn signed the buyer's ticket.

"He's been bought for a client in Kuwait to race there," said Venn. "He's a very sound horse, my client liked the look of him and I think he should do well racing out there."

After initially being led out unsold, five-time chase winner Ere Alfie was subsequently sold for £4,750 privately while Easter Lad, who finished second in a Folkestone handicap chase in January, is moving from one Sussex stable to another. Jim Best paid £4,600 to buy the eight-year-old, who was offered from Luke Dace's yard.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
Galileo £8,190,648
Dark Angel £2,160,993
Dubawi £2,082,882
Kodiac £1,672,373
Nathaniel £1,530,896
Acclamation £1,475,918
Iffraaj £1,449,745
Frankel £1,436,589
Sea The Stars £1,411,449
Pour Moi £1,283,277