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Cashpoint day's best at Ascot's final sale of 2009

Ascot December Sale comparative figures (£)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  167  135  109  81  83,350  1,191  725
 2008  164  115  78  68  74,500  956  600

Brightwells Ascot total annual turnover (£)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  Aggregate  Average
 2009  1,437  1,110  874  1,519,850  1,739
 2008  1,788  1,353  1,083  2,367,550  2,186

CASHPOINT, who recently landed a Lingfield bumper for Henrietta Knight, realised £6,000 when topping the final Ascot Saleof 2009. Offered from the trainer's West Lockinge Farm, Lady Vestey's homebred four-year-old is heading to trainer Tony Middleton after Steve Mackintosh sealed the final bid.

Mackintosh, a builder from Aylesbury, is one of a partnership that currently includes Paul Black and Julian Lefevre, who are also involved in the construction industry. The trio, along with the late Tony Callaghan, have had horses in the past with trainer Ian Williams.

"The horse won really well last time and I was actually surprised to see him here," said Mackintosh. "The fact that he is ready to go was a big part of his appeal.

"I've been in the partnership for the past three years. Tony Callaghan introduced me to the game and it was very sad when he passed away earlier this year after an illness."

A short while earlier, Jo Hughes clinched the successful bid for a Desert Sun three-year-old half-brother to triple Champion Hurdle runner-up Theatreworld, who made £4,800.

"I liked the pedigree and he is a nice individual," remarked Hughes. "I thought he would make more and I didn't see anything wrong with him. If he lives up to his pedigree he will be very exciting. We will probably start him in a bumper and take it from there.

"He will go to Roger Curtis in Lambourn for owner Peter Phillips, who is based near Monmouth. He has some yearlings as well as a mare in foal and now he has a jumping prospect, so he has a bit of everything and it all looks exciting for the future."

Locked Away is on his way to the picturesque Pembrokeshire coast after John Birt-Llewellyn signed the docket for £3,400. The six-year-old, from the family of four-time Cheltenham Festival winner Willie Wumpkins, landed a maiden point-to-point at Templemore in Ireland last month.

The gelding joins two stablemates in the care of Birt-Llewellyn's daughter, Ruth, who switched to training pointers after a successful career as a champion junior event rider.

"He has won a point to point and is ready to go," said Birt-Llewellyn. "We had three at home but sadly we lost our open horse in an accident so we had to replace him. This was one of three we had marked down, he is from a good family and we think he can do a job.

"Our other two pointers are maidens and one is a very nice gelding from the family of Clover Bud called Mister Trigger. I have spent a lifetime around horses and we switched to racehorses four yearsago after my daughter stopped eventing."

Ascot's 2009 annual turnover was £1,519,850 for 874 horses sold compared to £2,367,550 for 1,083 sold in 2008.

 

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