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Culloty secures top lot at selective jumping breeze

Over six years after his final Gold Cup success, Best Mate’s jockey Jim Culloty led the way again at Cheltenham when paying £75,000 for the pick of a selective Brightwells sale, comprised principally of National Hunt breeze-up horses.

Culloty, who now trains in County Cork, fought off ex weighing-room colleague Gerry Hogan for a four-year-old Oscar gelding from the family of his talented chaser Stars Out Tonight.

"He’s a very big horse who has needed time and has a proper National Hunt pedigree," said Culloty. "He’s just been given time to mature and he breezed well although was still a bit green. You’d hope he be ready to crack on ."

Local handler Kim Bailey paid £65,000 for a three-year-old by Oscar who had cost vendors Willie and Andrew Slattery E22,000  at Fairyhouse in June.

"I bought Supreme Charm, who finished fifth in the Grand National, off the same vendors a few years ago and they said to me this was a nicer horse and I have to believe them," said Bailey. "I bought him on spec and I think the National Hunt breeze-up concept is fantastic. "

Newmarket agent Mags O’Toole bid £52,000 for another offering from the Slatterys’ Meadowview Stables, a first-crop Vinnie Roe gelding from the family of Punchestown champion bumper winner Supreme Developer.

"He’s for a new client, probably to stay in England," said O’Toole. "I just thought he did one of the best breezes and everyone who has a Vinnie Roe seems to like them."

Meanwhile, Emma Lavelle is set to train a £60,000 Oscar three-year-old sold from Thomond O’Mara’s Knockanglass Stables. "He did a very good breeze and is for an existing owner. He’ll be given time and I’d imagine wouldn’t run until the back-end of the season," said Lavelle.

Heading the form horses was Lowparklad, who won a point-to-point at Lingstown in County Wexford three weeks ago having previously finished third at Dromahane to Harpsy Cord, who sold for £100,000 at last month’s Cheltenham sale. Thurles handler Mark Loughnane saw off David Pipe at £62,000 for the four-year-old.

"I tried to buy him privately after he won his point-to-point but they wanted to bring him to the sale. He was very impressive in his point-to-point when he was three lengths up at the last, made a mistake and lost three lengths before making it back up again to win," said Loughnane, who has a team of 35 in training.

 

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STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
Galileo £7,253,742
Dark Angel £2,146,821
Dubawi £2,076,178
Kodiac £1,667,225
Nathaniel £1,528,047
Acclamation £1,466,584
Iffraaj £1,442,419
Sea The Stars £1,411,233
Frankel £1,314,905
Pour Moi £1,283,277