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Noel Meade with Realt Dubh (Paul Carberry) - Cheltenham 14.03.11

Noel Meade with his highflying Brightwells purchase Realt Dubh

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Captain Kelly tops Brightwells sale at £125k

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AFTER A forgettable opening half, Brightwells' enlarged May Sale at Cheltenham racecourse picked up on Wednesday night with a concluding select session that again demonstrated the demand for lightly-raced jumpers with form.

Highlighting that point was Captain Kelly, a four-year-old who scored for trainer Denis Murphy at Loughanmore in County Antrim last month, and yesterdayevening sold for £125,000.

Somerset-based jockey-turned agent Tom Malone outbid Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock for the Oscar gelding, for whom plans were still being finalised last night.

 “I was back home in Ireland last week and rode him. He gave me a great feel and I fell in love with him. There’s not a pretty Oscar around but they do the business and he is a big, raw horse. He’ll be staying in Britain but I can’t say any more about where he is going,” said Malone, who also paid £60,000 for the high-class pointing mare Noosa.

Bromley secured the final lot offered and one of the few with form under Rules, six-year-old Broadbackbob, who finished sixth in the Aintree bumper for former Ireland three-day eventer Stewart Crawford, who now trains a team of 50 in County Antrim.

“Everyone was keen on the four-year-olds but this was the horse with the best form here, and maybe was not as in demand as he is six, but we waited to get him,” said Bromley, who paid £80,000 for the Broadway Flyer gelding. “He is going to Nicky Henderson.”

Noel Meade, bidding through Mags O’Toole, paid £80,000 for Monksland, who ran out on his only start in a point-to-point for Andy Slattery and is a son of Beneficial, sire of the trainer’s past Brightwells purchase Realt Dubh.

“It wasn’t his fault when he ran out, it was just one of those things but the lads that had him felt he was a very good horse,” said Meade, who also paid £55,000 for recent pointing winner On Your Eoin.




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470