Top Lock fetched 410,000gns at the Tattersalls Horse In Training SalePICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
sold to Saudi Arabia
GREAT VOLTIGEUR Stakes runner-up Top Lock, a late addition to Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale, changed hands for 410,000gns on a lively afternoon in Newmarket on the third day of the sale.
Saudi agent Saad Al Kahtani, a regular visitor to Park Paddocks, bought the three-year-old for Prince Faisal bin Khalid after outbidding agent Anthony Stroud.
'He's been bought to go for the King's Cup at Riyadh in February and will be trained by Neil Bruss. We've won it 10 times before but not for a long time. He could then go on to our neighbouring country Dubai afterwards for the Carnival. He has won on the all-weather and stays a mile and a half well.'
Kalahari Gold bound for Dubai
Top Lock's trainer Andrew Balding had a strong draft and his rapidly-improving Kalahari Gold, whose latest victory came in a competitive Newbury Listed race last month, could also end up racing in Dubai.
Hamdan Al Maktoum's stud manager Johnny Peter-Hoblyn paid 370,000gns for the three-year-old with Hong Kong trainer Peter Ho coming off second best.
Peter-Hoblyn also paid 200,000gns for Luca Cumani's smart handicapper Ask The Butler and 120,000gns for his stablemate Monte Alto.
'All three will come back to Shadwell Stud and at the moment we are thinking they could possibly go to Dubai but it will be up to Sheikh Hamdan to decide. We usually try and get two or three horses at this sale and this trio were particularly nice,' said Peter-Hoblyn.
Kalahari Gold brought an excellent return for his enthusiastic syndicate of owners, who had bought himthrough agent Alastair Donald for just 20,000gns as a yearling.
Al Basti strikes for Weald
Dubai-based owner Malih Al Basti, who was underbidder on Tuesday's 600,000gns sale topper Sugar Ray, paid 250,000gns to outbid Mags O'Toole for the lightly-raced Weald, who finished third in a Longchamp Listed contest for Pascal Bary and Khalid Abdulla.
'I wanted a horse that would stay a mile and a half and he'll go to Doug Watson to be trained for the Dubai Carnival,' said Al Basti, who also paid 180,000gns for Abdulla's dual French winner World Ruler.
Meanwhile, David Loder was also continuing to recruit for Dubai and paid 220,000gns to outbid Tattersalls marketing director Jimmy George for Luca Cumani's high-class four-year-old Lion Sands.
High Alert heads to Hong Kong
Two-year-old High Alert, a winner at Leicester a fortnight ago for trainer Jeremy Noseda will join Peter Ho in Hong Kong after being bought for 225,000gns through McKeever St Lawrence's Philip Johnston.
'I train a team of about 40 in Hong Kong and the horses have to meet the requirements ofour Jockey Club, which means they should be rated over 80 but less than 104,' said Ho.
High Alert could meet Poster, who beat Kite Wood in Leicester maiden for Luca Cumani, in his new home. The Johannesburg colt was bought for 160,000gns by Alastair Donald to join John Moore.
Donegal goes jumping in Ireland
Robbie Hennessy, who recently took out a training licence at Ratoath in Co Meath, paid 200,000gns for the Gordon Stakes runner-up Donegal, another member of the Balding consignment. The three-year-old will race for Hennessy's father Bill, owner of Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity.
'We've been looking at him for a while, in fact I rang the yard onthe morning before he ran second in a Group race so I thought his price was gone after that and I'm delighted I managed to buy him,' said Hennessy, who rode as an apprentice 22 years ago alongside Johnny Murtagh.
'I've got 12 in training and expect to have my first runners at the end of next month and Sublimity is likely to start off in the Fifth Hurdle. Another nice horse is Kong who we bought at this sale last year and has been schooling very well.'
O'Toole buys jumping prospect
Also going jumping is the striking Sadler's Wells colt Factotum, who was bought for 135,000gns from Luca Cumani's stable by Mags O'Toole. 'He's going to Ireland but I'm not sure where he'll be trained and I was very pleased to get him for that. He's an improver without many miles on the clock.'
Princess flies to the States
Those heading across the Atlantic include Jeremy Noseda's recent Ascot Listed winner Meydan Princess, for whom agent Gordian Troeller bid 200,000gns on behalf of trainer Jim Cassidy.
'As she's three, we have a few more options with her than the two-year-olds. They usually fly over two weeks afterthe sale and we'll see how she travels but she could run straight off the plane,' said Cassidy, who was buying for James Peyton's Forging Oaks Farm.
'It's just happened that we seem to have followed a lot of fillies into the ring thisyear and she was really the last one that fitted the bill. The owner's done well with Bahama Mana and Passified, who both came from Tattersalls.'