08/23/2004 11:00PM

Ipi Tombe to sell in U.K.


Ipi Tombe, a South African champion and North American graded winner, will sell at the Tattersalls December breeding stock auction in Newmarket, England.

Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud of Paris, Ky., will consign the mare, currently in foal to Sadler's Wells.

Banderoff said Ipi Tombe's owners - Team Valor, WinStar Farm, and an African group called Sunmark Partners - decided to sell the mare in England largely because she already is boarding at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

Bred in Zimbabwe, Ipi Tombe was South Africa's champion 3-year-old filly in 2002. Sunmark sold Team Valor and WinStar a 75 percent interest in her in early 2003. That year she won the United Arab Emirates' Grade 1 Dubai Duty Free Handicap and the Grade 3 Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs.

A Manshood mare, Ipi Tombe has a record of 14-12-2-0 and earnings of more than $1.5 million.