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Evan Williams - Oct 08

Evan Williams: bought bumper and point-to-point winner Gurtacrue

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Evan Williams keen on £95,000 buy Gurtacrue

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  284  198  134  68  1,275,550  9,519  4,500
 2009  278  208  147  71  991,800  6,746  3,600

WHILE the Barber/Findlay draft dominated day one of Doncaster's August Sale, there was another offering with plenty of fanciers late yesterday afternoon, five-year-old Gurtacrue, who has shown bags of potential in his short career.

After winning two point-to-points, the Deploy gelding went on to land a bumper at Listowel last month for trainer Donal Coffey, who is appropriately based at Gurtacrue in County Cork.

The equine Gurtacrue's future was fought out between trainers Colin Tizzard, bidding through Tom Malone, and Evan Williams and it was the latter who had the successful bid of £95,000.

"I fell in love with him, hehad size, scope and will hopefully be a future novice chaser," said Williams, who was accompanied by Gurtacrue's new owner, William Rucker. "He's done nothing wrong and I think we'll get straight on with him now and he'll probably start in novice hurdles."

Another County Cork handler, Liam Burke, had earlier supplied the only non Paul Nicholls-trained member of the Barber/Findlay consignment in Tobeluckyenough, who scored between the flags at Inch on March 31.

Nicky Richards and Anthony Bromley were both interested in the five-year-old but not as much as trainer Kim Bailey who, bidding through agent Aiden Murphy, had the final say at £75,000.

"He's been bought on spec by Kim," said Murphy. "He was one of the more impressive point-to-point winners this spring and he's a big, weak horse who could be potentially a very nice chaser."

There was a good smattering of Irish point-to-point and bumper performers on offer with no shortage failing to live up to their vendors' expectations but another who did find a new home was All For Free.

The four-year-old won a Kilbeggan bumper in June for Shark Hanlon before being beaten at Galway last week and will now have a break having been knocked down to Tom Malone for £33,000.

"He won really well at Kilbeggan and was a bit disappointing on his last run but he can hopefully come back to be a nice novice hurdler next season," said Malone, who was acting for an undisclosed British-based client.

Few horses boasted a better pedigree than six-year-old Kauto Relko, another offering from Liam Burke's stable, who - as his name suggested - is a half-brother to Kauto Star, but has so far not quite matched his sibling's ability to date, with a Cork maiden hurdle win in December topping his achievements.

Anthony Bromley, who knows both half-brothers well, paid £27,000 for Kauto Relko yesterday on behalf of a new client, Liverpool-based Mark Scott.

"He's going to Andy Hobbs and as his owner is from Liverpool the aim would be to run at Aintree at the October and November meetings," said Bromley.

"He's got plenty of pace and it's a sharp track that should suit him in something like a novice handicap chase. I know the horse well as I originally bought him privately as a yearling for Graham Roach."

The sale concludes today with a session starting at 10am.




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