Musselburgh: success for £240k buy On His Own
ON His Own, who set a Cheltenham sale record at last year's Brightwells January Sale when selling to Howard Johnson for £240,000, is on the way to repaying that faith after taking the beginners chase at Musselburgh as the 4/9 favourite.
Sloppy jumps at the final two fences allowed Nine De Sivola to get within a length of the winner but On His Own finally asserted to win going away on his third outing for Johnson.
Purchased for €38,000 as a yearling by Kevin O'Brien at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, On His Own's marked rise in value last January came as a result of victories in a Leopardstown bumper and point-to-point. The son of Presenting was bred by Margaret Treacy out of the winning chaser Shuil Na Mare.
VOSGES' first foray into British competition was a succesful one, with the four-year-old James Ewart-trained gelding turning in a battling display to take the 2m juvenile hurdle from Makbullet.
Placed over jumps in his native France, Vosges is out of an unraced sister to the Listed-placed Reach For The Star. The son of Turgeon - a French-based stallion who has hit the heights as a sire in Britain through the likes of Exotic Dancer and Chapoturgeon - was bred in France by Mme Henri Devin.
Both Turgeon and Vosges' damsire, Kaldounevees, are based at Haras du Mesnil.
The son of Brian Boru, Jukebox Melody, landed the bumper under a penalty for trainer Malcolm Jefferson. The five-year-old is from the first crop of the Coolmore sire, who won the Racing Post Trophy and St Leger, and is by Sadler's Wells out of Park Hill Stakes winner Eva Luna, and is a brother to Soviet Moon, the dam of Workforce.
The gelding was purchased by his trainer for €11,000 at the 2009 Goffs Land Rover sale.
Brian Boru has sired six winners in Britain and Ireland to date.