Copshop could head to sales

Richard Fahey, trainer

Simmy's Copshop could be put on the market at the Goffs London Sale on the eve of his run in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Middleham Park Racing, who own the highly-promising colt, have successfully sold horses at the Kensington Palace auction in the past and may try to cash-in on Simmy's Copshop on June 19.

The Norfolk is the next target for the Richard Fahey-trained son of Bahamian Bounty, who holds entries in several early-closing races including the GAIN Railway Stakes and the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, at the Curragh.

Simmy's Copshop looked potentially smart when beating subsequent National Stakes winner Havana Grey on his debut and finishing third in the Listed Rochestown Stakes at Naas on his only other start.

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"In the Rochestown, the three up front probably went a bit too quick and he was the only one of those that finished the race. He did well to hang on for third," said Middleham Park's director of racing, Tim Palin.

"He's the only horse to have beaten Havana Grey and that form has been boosted big time.

"There is no reason why we should be thrown off our Norfolk Stakes target. Wherever Havana Grey goes, we should be going and it looks like he's heading for that race.

"Simmy's Copshop could have a date at the Goffs London Sale at Kensington Palace, on the eve of the Royal Ascot meeting, on route to the Norfolk.

"We've done well at that sale. Last year we sold Viren's Army and Great Page and we previously sold Realtra.

"We love winning races, but we are also a commercial operation that needs to sell some horses at certain times.

"It could be that Simmy's Copshop at that sale could be a very attractive proposition for some people who want a strong fancy for the Norfolk on the Thursday of the Royal meeting."


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