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`Overseas interests' are set to buy Great Gatsby.

Byline: Michael Clower

DERBY runner-up The Great Gatsby is in the process of

being sold, and stablemate

Roosevelt, third in the Irish equivalent, has been bought for an owner in Hong Kong, it has been revealed, writes Michael Clower.

A spokesman for Coolmore Stud was unwilling to say much on plans for The Great Gatsby as a sale had evidently not been completed, but it is understood the colt was being purchased "by overseas interests".

The son of Sadler's Wells, trained for Sue Magnier by Aidan O'Brien, finished fifth in the Budweiser Irish Derby, just over five lengths behind Roosevelt, and has not raced since.

At Epsom, The Great Gatsby was a 20-1 chance but it was only 100 yards from home that Kris Krin collared him. He was beaten a length.

Roosevelt, a son of Danehill also owned by Magnier, has only had two other races this season - winning a Leopardstown maiden and finishing last of four at Gowran Park.

He was a 150-1 chance in the Irish Derby but stayed on to finish four lengths third behind Alamshar and Dalakhani. He has been bought in a deal

brokered by bloodstock agent Charlie Gordon-Watson for Hong Kong-based owner Dr Fuk To Chang.

Gordon-Watson said: "The same owner bought Bowman's Crossing two years ago and Roosevelt has gone out there to join [trainer] David Oughton."
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Date:Sep 26, 2003
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