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1958 Gold Cup fetches pounds 8,110 in ebay sale.

THE 1958 Cheltenham Gold Cup, put up for auction on ebay, has been sold for more than pounds 8,000 to a former owner of winning mare Kerstin.

The nine-carat owner's trophy, put up for auction by Jonny Frais, 47, from Newcastle, attracted 76 bids before it sold for pounds 8,110 at the deadline of 9pm on Friday.

The trophy was originally presented to George H Moore, whose horse Kerstin was one of only a few mares ever to win the Gold Cup.

Frais said: ``I was getting a bit attached to it, so although it reached pounds 8,000, which I was delighted with, I was feeling a bit flat.

``The successful bidder contacted me and told me it was him who had sold the horse to the trainer. It was like the trophy was going back home. It made my day.

``Knowing the cup will be treasured for life and well cared for is important.''

The new owner of the trophy, who is 92 and did not wish to be named, reared Kerstin at Shanbally House Stud in Tipperary.

His wife said: ``He was at Cheltenham with Mr Moore when Kerstin won it. He sold Kerstin when she was four. We're delighted. It's come home and we'll make sure it stays in our family.''

Frais bought the cup at a village auction near Newcastle, where Moore lived.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2005
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