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UK Tatts HIT Day-2: $1.5m Sugar Ray
In the UK overnight, agent Anthony Stroud (acting "on behalf of a long-established client but I won't say who") paid a "record British price for a colt in training" with a 600,000 guineas (A$1.5m) final bid for this season's Royal Ascot-winning 4YO entire Sugar Ray (Danehill-Akuna Bay, by Mr Prospector) during the 2nd session of the 4-day Tattersalls Autumn Horses-In-Training Sale, reported racingpost.co.uk. Sugar Ray (consigned from Freemason Lodge Stables) also finished runner-up in last month's Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot & will now be sent to compete at the 2009 Dubai Carnival. Sugar Ray was originally sold for 290,000 guineas (A$725,000) as a yearling & Stroud (who spent 14 years as racing manager to Sheikh Mohammed) commented: "It was a great deal of money but, with what's happening with Dubai racing, you need a good horse to compete. He cost more than we expected, but he fitted the profile for Dubai very well."