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Winning pointers top selective Brightwells sale

2009 99 68 38 589,400 15,510 7,000

CHELTENHAM'S new £1 million auction ring was christened yesterday afternoon with a selective Brightwells May Sale, dominated by young point-to-pointers of which the recent Dromahane scorer Chartreux proved the standout.

The four-year-old won his only start for trainer Louis Archdeacon four weeks ago and auctioneer Ronan Rothwell announced to the auditorium, sheltering from jumping weather outside, that "the horse has got Gold Cup written all over him".

Charlie Mann, Anthony Bromley and Alan King were among those who tried hard to get the French-bred but it was Warwickshire-based owner Roger Brookhouse who had the successful bid of £75,000.

"He’s only just four and was very impressive when winning his point-to-point," said Brookhouse,whose jumpers are all trained by David Pipe. "He’ll come home to grass and have a holiday and hopefully he’ll be a chaser in the long term but I should think he will go hurdling next season."

A brace of future chasers for Charlie Mann
Mann did not leave empty handed and paid £61,000 for Rebel Rebellion, who won his only start last month at Kilmallock for Michael Butler, and £40,000 for five-year-old Sum Laff, whose sole victory came at Loughanmore for trainer Colin Magnier.

"Sum Laff is for Corbiere's owner Bryan Burrough, while Rebel Rebellion is for Jared Sullivan, who has Shining Gale and several other horses with me," said Mann. "I thought they were two lovely horses and both embryonic chasers."

Summerhill winners to the fore
The Bromley/King teamed up to pay £45,000 for four-year-old Jetnova, who had taken five starts to get his head in front before an easy victory at the pre-Punchestown point-to-point at Summerhill three weeks ago for trainer Philip Dempsey.

"I liked the fact that he had five starts and looked like he had taken his racing well. He was very impressive when he won and he had close form with several horses that made more at the April sale here, so I think he wasn’t bad value for that money. He’ll be a steeplechaser of the future," said Bromley.

Another Summerhill winner, the Colin Bowe-trained Kellystown Lad, was completing a hat-trick with that success and will join Ferdy Murphy after making £41,000.

"I’ve had a couple from Colin before and I’d rate him one of the best point-to-point trainers in Ireland. The horses know their job but they have kept their brains," said Murphy. "I’ve bought him on spec but he’s by Old Vic and I have a few owners who like that stallion.

"Colin said the horse is very straightforward and could win a bumper if we go down that route, we’ll just see."

The Darling Boy heads to Tom George
Dual bumper runner-up The Darling Boy was part of a sizeable draft from Tom George’s local stable and he will return there to run in the colours of first-time owner Hugo Rittson-Thomas after being knocked down to agent David Redvers for £36,000.

"There’s a chance he might run quickly in a bumper and then be turned out before his novice hurdling career," said Redvers. "Tom feels he’ll make into a smart two-mile chaser and that’s what he’s been bought with in mind."

Cheltenham aspirations for Brief Mark
Richard Rowe saw off Brendan Powell to get four-year-old Brief Mark, who scored between the flags for Paul Cashman earlier this month, for £30,000 on behalf of owners Rachel Jenner and Julie Green.

"I’ve bought some nice horses from Paul Cashman before and although this fellow wasn’t over impressive when winning, he’s a strong-looking horse with a lot to like about him," said Rowe.

"He’s just my type, a big scopey chasing sort. We’ll give him plenty of time, the owners are in no hurry and he’s been very close to the winning post here at Cheltenham this afternoon, it would be nice to come back one day."

Plenty of buybacks in selective market
There was a modest 56 per cent clearance rate with many of the more attractive lots more highly prized by their vendors than buyers and a total of 38 horses changed handsat this new sale for £589,400, averaging £15,510 and with a median price of £7,000.

It was the first time the new sale ring, attached to the end of Cheltenham’s main grandstand, had been usedand Brightwells’ head of bloodstock Matt Mitchell was pleased with the response to the venue.

"The feedback has been highly positive about the facility and the arena in particular functions very well for both vendorsand buyers," said Mitchell.

"The sale itself reflected the current market, it was very selective with clear thresholds in regard to what buyers were prepared to pay. Vendors need to be very realistic in regard to their expectations but there is clearly still a market for horses despite the precarious economic environment.

"We have developed a niche within the market place and it gives us confidence to build for the future."




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