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US-bound Amschel provides fine return for owners following £190,000 sale

Nancy Sexton reports from Doncaster

Amschel and happy connections following a win at Gowran Park in June
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The anticipated point-to-point and form horse section lived up to its billing at the Goffs UK August Sale on Wednesday, yielding two horses that sold for in excess of £50,000.

Leading the way was three-time winner Amschel, who is destined to continue his career in America after selling for £155,000 to Harold Kirk on behalf of Paul Byrne. Although his sale fell short of the £190,000 ceiling recorded at this sale two years ago, paid by Tom Malone and Ditcheat Thoroughbreds for Jessber’s Dream, the figure eclipsed last year’s meagre top price of £36,000.

“He’s for a jumping owner in America,” said Kirk after coming out best in a battle with Roger Brookhouse. “He goes on quicker ground, he’s a good jumper and he stays well. 

“They love their jumping in America. You need a classy one to go over there.”


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Amschel’s sale provided an excellent return for owners Raymond and Gillian Cody, who paid just 2,000 guineas for the Nathaniel gelding at last year’s Tattersalls July Sale. Then unraced, Amschel has racked up a sequence of three wins over hurdles under Rachael Blackmore since then, latterly for John O’Shea, who sent him out to win a novice at Roscommon last month.

Meanwhile, The Con Man is set to join Donald McCain after selling for £70,000.

The five-year-old Oscar gelding was the impressive six-length winner of his sole start to date, a Monksgrange point-to-point, for Colin Bowe in April.

“He’s for Tim Leslie,” said McCain. “Obviously we’ve had a bit of luck with Oscar over the years with Peddlers’ Cross and others.

“I followed this horse after he won at Monksgrange - he had a little niggle afterwards that prevented him from being sold immediately after but he came highly recommended by Colin Bowe and he’s a lovely, good-looking horse with scope.”

The Goffs UK August Sale continues throughout Wednesday afternoon with a collection of horses in and out training. Sizeable drafts from Godolphin and Shadwell Stud should provoke their share of interest but the afternoon highlight is likely to be the John Gosden-trained Hasanoanda (188), a three-time winner who recorded a Racing Post Rating of 95 when scoring in a 1m2f Newmarket handicap last month. 


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They love their jumping in America. You need a classy one to go over there
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