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Son of Milan fetches £130,000 at Cheltenham

brightwells cheltenham NH breeze-up sale
2008 100 87 57 66 1,617,000 28,368 23,000

A three-year-old from the first crop of St Leger winner Milan was the standout lot at Cheltenham’s post-racing National Hunt breeze-up sale on Friday evening when selling for £130,000 to join Philip Hobbs.

Warwickshire agent Aiden Murphy, the evening’s most prolific spender, saw off Brightwells bid spotter Andrew Hickman - acting for Ballincurrig House Stud - for the gelding out of Elizabeth Tudor, a sister to Dawn Leader. He was offered from Mags Mullins’ Canterbrook Stud.

"He’s been bought for a very good client of mine who wants to send him to Philip Hobbs," said Murphy. "I’m a fan of Milan, he’s out of a Supreme Leader mare and he was just a lovely athletic individual."

Murphy had earlier paid £50,000 to see off agent Kevin Ross for a Beneficial gelding out of Leos Holiday and from the family of Chomba Womba, who cost €32,000 at Fairyhouse in June and was reoffered from Goldford Stud.

The three-year-old - who will join Paul Nicholls - was bought for John Hales, for whom Murphy bought Noland at the same venue four years ago.

O'Toole buys gelding by Beneficial for £100,000
A son of Beneficial, out of the Le Moss mare Shean Alainn and an own brother to Cooldine, was in even greater demand. A €35,000 purchase by the Slattery brothers at Tattersalls Ireland in June, he realised £100,000 when knocked down to Newmarket agent Mags O’Toole.

"He’s for an existing owner in Ireland but I’m not sure where he’ll be trained. He was a lovely horse and I hope he’s as lucky as his brother," said O’Toole.

Another heading across the Irish Sea was a Bob Back gelding offered by Denis Murphy from Ballyboy Stables. Sean Jennings, from Enniscorthy in Co Wexford, bid £60,000 for the three-year-old.

"He was a lovely stamp of a horse and I was asked by somebody to bid on him but don’t know what the plans are for him," said Jennings.

Nicholls invests in geldings by Flemensfirth and Old Vic
as well as a filly by Bob Back

It was a busy evening for Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock whose purchases were headed by a £61,000 son of Flemensfirth, who will join Paul Nicholls.

"He was a lovely scopey type and he is related to Shotgun Willy and St Pirran, so Paul is fond of the family," said Bromley. "Paul has also had a bit of luck with Flemensfirth through Kicks For Free."

Bromley also paid £50,000 for a three-year-old Bob Back filly out of a half-sister to Imperial Call and the same amount for an Old Vic gelding sold by Warren Ewing.

"The filly was my pick of the sale but it was just a matter of persuading someone else how much I liked her," said the agent. "She’s going to Paul Nicholls as well and he has very few fillies and mares and liked the idea of bringing a few into the yard - he can’t let Alan King and Nicky Henderson win all the mares’ races!

"I bought the Old Vic for an owner whose going to send him for a season point-to-pointing in Ireland then he could come back here to run under Rules."

Hogan and Connell buy bumper prospect for £50,000,
another by Flemensfirth

Barry Connell, who rode a bumper winner at Cheltenham’s Paddy Power meeting aboard Shinrock Paddy, paid £50,000 via agent Gerry Hogan for a three-year-old who continued a good night for Flemensfirth.

"He was a nice athletic horse and has been bought for Barry to ride in bumpers," said Hogan.

The sale was staged by Brightwells for the first time and saw 57 of the lots change hands at a clearance rate of 66 per cent and turnover of £1,617,000. The average was £28,368 and the median £23,000.

Post-sale statement: Matt Mitchell
Matt Mitchell, head of bloodstock at Brightwells, said: "In the current economic environment we have to be very pleased with the resultsachieved tonight. Once again we have shown that if you place quality horses in the Cheltenham environment, the purchasers will be here.

"Clearly the market is selective, but as demonstrated as recently as four weeks ago here and again at this sale, the market does continue to perform, albeit at a reduced level compared to historic highs. We are indebted to the support of our vendors and wish the purchasers every success."





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