Locals at the top end of Goffs sale

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Edelpour topped the Champions Weekend sale when sold for €450,000 staged by Goffs last weekend.

Gerry Hogan Bloodstock was the buyer on behalf of leading owner Barry Connell with the former Dermot Weld trained horse now destined to be trained at the Curragh by Alan Fleming.

The grey colt – a dual winner for owner/breeder, His Highness the Aga Khan – also finished third in a Group 3 contest at the Curragh in August.

Businessman and former amateur rider Connell also owned the ill-fated Champion Hurdle hope, Our Conor, which was trained by the late Dessie Hughes.

The select sale also saw Plot Twist owned and trained by Caledon based Andy Oliver realise €200,000 – the three year old by Champs Elysees having won on his sole start at the Curragh last month and was bought by James Harron Bloodstock and Hughie De Burgh, agent.

The locally owned and highly promising two year old Moral High Ground – a Navan winner following finishing an excellent third on his debut – sold for €150,000 to BBA [Ireland]. The local horse trained by Martin O’Callaghan finished sixth on the day of the sale in the Group 3 Champion Juvenile Stakes.