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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Starting eleven for Champions Sale at Leopardstown unveiled

Aga Khan Studs consigns four including Harzand half-brother

Henry Beeby holds court at last year's Goffs Champions Sale at Leopardstown
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Eleven horses in training who have compiled useful form have been entered to go under the hammer at the Goffs Champions Sale, held in the parade ring at Leopardstown before racing on Saturday.

A select number of wildcard entries will also be accepted for the auction, the opening event of Irish Champions Weekend.

The Aga Khan Studs consigns four lots to the sale, the best of whom on Racing Post Ratings is Sikandarabad, who finished second in the Irish Cambridgeshire last year and third in a Cork handicap in April.

The other three horses from the Aga Khan are Tirmizi, a 17-length winner at Listowel last time out; Zabalan, who was on the mark at Roscommon this month; and Haripour, a half-brother to dual Derby hero Harzand who landed a Navan maiden by a wide margin in June.

Izzy Bizu: Mark Johnston-trained Listed winner is sure to be popular

The catalogue contains a number of exciting two-year-olds: namely Mantracker, who has won on his sole start for Willie McCreery; Moonlight Bay, a Naas maiden winner for Kevin Prendergast; Burgundy Boy, who broke his maiden at Roscommon before finishing fourth in the Tyros Stakes for Sheila Lavery; and Izzy Bizu, who has won four races including the Listed Prix Six Perfections for her trainer Mark Johnston.

The line-up is completed by the Joe Murphy-trained pair of Kings Inn and Massif Central, and the Robbie McNamara-trained Galway Festival winner Cascavelle.

Last year's Goffs Champions Sale featured just four lots and was topped by Listed-placed filly Siamsaiocht when sold to China Horse Club for €300,000.

It also included the Group 3-winning two-year-old filly Madam Dancealot, sold to US interests for €260,000 and subsequently a Grade 2 heroine and Grade 1-placed at Del Mar this year.

View the catalogue online

Last year's Goffs Champions Sale featured just four lots and was topped by Listed-placed filly Siamsaiocht when sold to China Horse Club for €300,000
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