The Royal Ascot 2020 runners looking for new owners in online sale

Racing fans with spare cash have the chance to buy a Royal Ascot runner.

Five horses, headed by Group Three-winning filly West End Girl, are up for sale on the eve of the big meeting.

The online auction, which begins at midday on Saturday and closes at the same time on Monday, is the first of its kind in Britain or Ireland.

Two-year-old debut winners, the Archie Watson-trained Igotatext (Coventry Stakes) and Phil Makin's Muker (Windsor Castle Stakes) are also seeking new owners ahead of their races.

West End Girl took the 2019 renewal of the Sweet Solera and the plan is for her to contest Tuesday's Ribblesdale Stakes.

Third in the Lingfield Oaks Trial on seasonal debut, owner Alan Spence said the well-bred daughter of 2015 Derby winner Golden Horn is capable of heading to Epsom too.

"It was always the intention to sell her at the end of the year, but when we heard about the Tattersalls Online sale we felt it was the perfect platform for a filly with her credentials," he said.

"She is not just a Ribblesdale prospect, she could also head for the Oaks and being a proven Group winner on good to firm ground makes her very attractive to buyers from throughout the world, all of whom I am sure will be impressed by the Tattersalls online platform."

Kevin Ryan's filly and Group Three Albany Stakes hopeful Star Of Emraaty and Brian Ellison's Tantastic, whose target is the Windsor Castle Stakes, are the fourth and fifth lots.

Prospective buyers can see photos and videos of each horse at TattersallsOnline.com details of where they can be inspected, plus links to veterinary information.

Its launch has been brought forward as a result of coronavirus, with big public events unable to be held at present.

Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said: “ TattersallsOnline.com is an exciting new chapter for Tattersalls and it is fitting that we have a filly as exciting as West End Girl to headline the first sale on the eve of Royal Ascot.

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"We have been quietly working on an online platform for a couple of years but have accelerated the development and launch in response to the new challenges we all face as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are confident that buyers and vendors will find the website easy and convenient to use- and we are looking forward to showcasing a small but select group of horses in training on the eve of the world’s most prestigious race meeting."

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