Fortune tried to impress his prospective boss so much that he was found guilty of whip abuse. Commander Collins failed by a head to overhaul Auction House and his jockey failed to keep within the guidelines, hitting his mount with a frequency which must have sent a collective shiver through the Manton string.
Sangster did not seem too upset however. "I am pleased with him," he said. "Excellent. I think a lot of Jimmy and he's got a lot going for him. We had breakfast and talked about him joining the stable. Now it's up to him."
Auction House is now a 20-1 chance for next year's 2,000 Guineas following his tenacious all-the-way success. "I hope he is a Guineas horse," Barry Hills, the victorious trainer, said. "If he runs again this season it will probably be in the Dewhurst."
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