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Brookhouse secures top lot as juvenile hurdler fetches 30,000gns; Edward Prosser reports on the final day of Doncaster's January Sale, reserved for horses in training.

Byline: Edward Prosser

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Estate, who finished fifth in a Newbury juvenile hurdle last month for Paul Webber, headed yesterday's concluding instalment of Doncaster's 2006 January Sale when selling for 30,000gns to Warwickshire trainer Roger Brookhouse.

Like Hurricane Run, Motivator and Scorpion, the-four-year-old is a member of Montjeu's first crop, although - with placed efforts in Gowran and Tramore maidens - his Flat form when trained by Dermot Weld for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing was not at quite the same level as that illustrious trio.

But he showed definite promise over hurdles when trained by Webber for Highclere and is a half-brother to Sublimity, who made an impressive winning jumping debut at Leopardstown after Christmas.

Agent John O 'Byrne made a bold play for the gelding, but it was trainer Evan Williams who proved Brookhouse's strongest opponent before auctioneer Michael White's hammer finally came down.

"He has been bought to carry on jumping and was a nice stamp of a horse," said Brookhouse. "I hadn't intended on buying when I came here, but then saw him in his box and really liked him. He's ready to get on with so should hopefully be able to run fairly soon."

Four-year-old Tamatave, who finished second in a Newcastle maiden as a juvenile for Godolphin, will be staying in Yorkshire to join Kevin Ryan's huge 2006 team after being purchased through agent Robin O'Ryan for 26,000gns.

Many of Ryan's two-year-olds had been based at Cliff Stud in Helmsley before going into training and the farm's manager Guy Stephenson was another busy buyer yesterday, paying 22,000gns to outbid O'Ryan for Chief Scout, who finished fourth in a Newmarket handicap in October on his final start for Brian Meehan. Stephenson purchased the four-year-old for trainer Ian Semple.

This year's January Sale included two days of National Hunt yearlings, two-year-olds and mares transferred from Doncaster's November fixture and sales company managing director Henry Beeby felt the move has been a success.

"The January Sale has started 2006 in a most satisfactory fashion for Doncaster Bloodstock Sales," said Beeby.

"The first two days provided a ringing endorsement of our decision to move our National Hunt breeding and young stock from their regular date in November to take it out of the busy autumn schedule. Trade for the better National Hunt mares and 2005 foals was particularly strong and we will develop this sector enthusiastically in future years.

"Wednesday's sale of Flat-bred mares and 2005 foals was also successful, with a 23 per cent rise in average and this has been a rich source of pinhooking success.

"We will strive to improve and develop the marketplace for this category as the industry is crying out for a viable alternative. Today's horses-in-training section provided a solid trade for the horses on offer and finished the week on a positive note."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2006
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