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Windsor winner On Khee tops bill at Ascot sale

Just hours after finishing second in Windsor's finale on Monday night, the Hughie Morrison-trained On Khee topped the bill a few miles away at Brightwells' mixed Ascot sale on Tuesday.

The four-year-old, who had scored at Windsor three weeks earlier, was beaten a length and three-quarters by Galiando in a 10-furlong handicap at the riverside track on Monday and his future could now lie over hurdles after making £16,000.

Graham Bradley saw off Richard Venn for the Sakhee filly, who was bred by the late Bridget Swire.


"I was impressed with her run on Monday evening and I've bought her on spec, I'm looking for an owner," said Bradley. "She could mix running on the Flat with hurdling. She's rated 78 and a nice clean-limbed filly and while I'd have liked to havegot her for a bit less, I'd also have been willing bid a bit more."

While John Ferguson was shopping for new recruits for Sheikh Mohammed in Deauville, his assistant Marie Sullivan was overseeing a four-strong draft from Darley in Ascot.

The best of them was Prodigality, a home-bred three-year-old who was well-beaten on his only start for Andre Fabre in the French provinces in June. Trainer Ron Harris, a big fan of the gelding's sire Pivotal, struck the successful £11,000 bid.

"I've had my eye on him since he was withdrawn from Doncaster earlier this month," said Harris. "I've had a lot of success buying Pivotals, like Judge ‘n Jury, Secret Witness and April Fool, and you have to be patient with them.

"I think people rush them and they get growing pains but if you give them time they improve with age. I've managed to buy a few quite cheaply when you consider what he stands for.

"This fellow looked another backward type but I'll crack on with him and see where we are. We'll maybe just give him a couple of runs, perhaps on the all-weather, and then have him ready for next season."

Twice-raced Irish point-to-pointer Catch Tammy, who fell when travelling well on his first start, was snapped up for £8,000 by trainer Rebecca Curtis's partner Gearoid Costelloe.

Yesterday's £180,090 turnover and £1,526 average both showed advances in 2010 although the £800 median fell marginally.

 

 

 

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