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Seolan set for in-training sales

SEOLAN is to be offered at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sales at Newmarket later this month following her victory at the Curragh on Sunday.

THE two-year-old daughter of Alhaarth landed the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes in good style for trainer Patrick Prendergast.

She had changed ownership after winning her only previous race at Listowel in September when in the care of Paul Deegan.

"She's perfect, she's very tough and appears to handle any ground," said Co Kildare-based Prendergast.

"She's going to the horses-in-training sale in Newmarket at the end of the month. She's not in the catalogue, she's a wild card entry.

"She won't be given away, though. If she doesn't make a good price she'll come home and I'll train her for next year.

"The race she won was won 12 months ago by Homecoming Queen and I'd be happy to have her next year for the (1000) Guineas.

"She hasn't seen good ground in a long time, but she seems to handle the Polytrack on the Curragh very well. I think she will handle anything."

Sunnyhillboy (pictured), so narrowly denied in the John Smith's Grand National in April, will have the great race as his main aim once again this season.

The nine-year-old, who won the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in March, lost out by a nose to Neptune Collonges at Aintree.

Trainer Jonjo O'Neill is likely to run him over hurdles in the first half of the campaign in an attempt to preserve his handicap mark.

"He's back in and is great old form - he's sound as a pound," O'Neill said.

"We'll find a couple of races with him and hopefully go to Aintree again - that would be the plan.

"He's not the biggest horse in the world, he wouldn't want much more weight.

"We'll probably campaign him over hurdles for now and see how we get on."