Stars of the Future sale- topper Cheltenian scores
CHELTENIAN took the first step towards justifying his hefty price tag with a convincing maiden victory for his new owners at Kempton on Friday.
The five-year-old Astarabad gelding was heavily backed on his debut for trainer Liz Doyle at Punchestown in October before a date at the Brightwells Stars of the Future sale at Cheltenham one month later.
Cheltenian topped the sale at £210,000 after a duel for him between prominent jumps owners Roger Brookhouse and Richard Kelvin Hughes.
It was Brookhouse who was triumphant and Cheltenian, now trained by Philip Hobbs, carried the Warwickshire-based owner's colours to a convincing victory over Montbazon (by Alberto Giacometti) in the Betfair Mobile Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race at Kempton.
Philip Hobbs: trains CheltenianPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Cheltenian was bred in France by Jean-Charles Haimet and J-Pascal Liberge out of the Mansonnien mare Salamaite.
He is by Haras de la Croix Sonnet stallion Astarabad, winner of the Prix Ganay and also sire of prolific French hurdler Questarabad and Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle scorer Gaspara.
Astarabad shares his sire, Alleged, with other jumps stallions Flemensfirth,Flying Legend, Sir Harry Lewis and Shantou.
Cheltenian is out of the 11-year-old Mansonnien mare Salamaite, a placed half-sister to Grade 1-placed French hurdler Gilder, from the further family of Grade 2-winning chaser and Royal & SunAlliance Chase third Toto Toscato.
He was originally bought by Guy Petit for €27,000 at the 2007 Arqana October yearling sale.