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Torres tops selective day at Tattersalls July

CLASSY handicapper Rodrigo De Torres was the highlight of the opening day of the July Sale at Tattersalls yesterday when selling to Dandy Nicholls for 75,000gns.

Previously in the care of Nicholls' fellow northern trainer Elaine Burke, the Bahamian Bounty gelding was the recent winner of a conditions stakes race at Nottingham.

"I've got one or two people in the pipeline for him," said Nicholls. "He is a nice horse and will be aimed at an autumn campaign. He might be one for Dubai, but I will take things day by day for now.

"If he had been sold in October, I don't think I could have afforded him," added Nicholls.

Botanic Garden, who was third in last week's Dragon Stakes at Sandown, was one of the last lots through the ring, but the two-year-old was worth the wait, selling to Qatar's champion trainer Jassim Al Gazaly for 45,000gns.

"He is the first two-year-old I've bought at this sale and is a very nice horse," said Al Gazaly. "He could stay in England for the time being, but he will be in Qatar as a three-year-old."

For a time, it looked as though a quartet of horses who had sold for 42,000gns were going to top the first day's trade. They included the New England Stud-consigned filly Moment Juste, who was knocked down to Hubie de Burgh. The Pivotal filly is a half-sister to three stakes winners, including the Group 2 winner Imperial Stride. The family has previously proved popular at the July Sale - only last year Moment Juste's year older half-sister Trishuli, was bought by BBA Ireland for 80,000gns.

"We haven't decided what we will do with her yet, but she will probably go to Australia and her pedigree suggests that she should go well with the Danehill line," said de Burgh.

Johnny McKeever, who believes the horses in training sales will be a tough place to sell horses this year, also parted with the sum of 42,000gns for a unraced Ginat's Causeway filly Life Is Golden offered from David Wachman's Longfield stables. Bought as a yearling at Keeneleland for $190,000, the three-year-old is half-sister to the American Listed scorer Cool Bullet.

"She has been bought for a private English client, purely for breeding purposes," said McKeever. "The owner has a big interest in genetics and this filly has very good bloodlines.

"The horses in training sales have been difficult this year, it's hard to sell horses to America and Hong Kong because people don't trust the form this year, as all the racing has taken place on slow ground."

Anthony Stroud was the third agent to hit the 42,000gns when purchasing the Listed-placed filly Sonning Rose. A winner at two over 6f for Mick Channon, the daughter of Hawk Wing is a half-sister to six winners including the stakes performers Vienna's Boy and New Jersey.

"She has been bought for a farmer in Ireland and will definitely be retired. She showed a good level of ability on the track and as her pedigree suggests she will be easy to breed with," said Stroud.

The Darley-consigned three-year-old Trail Of Tears completed the quartet of horses to make 42,000gns when selling to Cormac McCormack. Placed four times this season, the Exceed And Excel filly is from the family of top-class duo Mastery and Kirklees.




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