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Irish pointers lead the way at Brightwells

IRISH point-to-pointers provided the biggest lure to buyers at
Brightwells' sale after racing at Cheltenham racecourseon Saturday night with none having more appeal than five-year-old Dramatic Duke.

Trainer Denis Prendergast saddled the Old Vic gelding to score by five lengths for Terry Ryan on his only start at Lisronagh last month and he is set to race in the colours of Favourites Racing after Jim Cockburn, founder of the ownership syndicate, saw off Tom Malone with a bid of £130,000.

"He'll have a summer at grass and will then go to Jonjo O'Neill.
He'll be the first horse we've had with Jonjo and I watched a replay of his point-to-point win and loved the way he jumped," said Cockburn.

It was a vintage evening for Ryan's Silver Fort Stud, based at
Moyglass in County Tipperary, with Handy Andy - who was offered six days after scoring on his pointing debut at Nenagh - realising £115,000 after Malone came off best in a duel with Highflyer Bloodstock's Anthony Bromley, taking instructions from Paul Nicholls.

"He's been bought by Brocade Racing and is going to Colin Tizzard," said Malone. "He's a lovely individual to go to war with."

Ryan's third offering, six-year-old No Loose Change, sold for £75,000 to agent Anna Ross having scored at Leadington earlier this month.

"We generally have point-to-pointers and it was great to come here with three nice horses, they are hard to find," said Ryan, whose past graduates include Native Upmanship, Hussard Collonges and Repeat The Dose.

Cheltenham's sales have been a happy hunting ground for
Warwickshire-based owner Roger Brookhouse and he paid £100,000 for Close House, winner of an Ayr bumper earlier this month for trainer Karen McLintock. Prior to that victory, the four-year-old was led out unsold when bidding hit £115,000 at Cheltenham's December sale.

"He'll be going to David Pipe and looks a nice horse on what he has shown and he vetted well," said Brookhouse.

Few buyers had a more fruitful night than Colin Tizzard who - as well as Handy Andy - gained three other recruits including Grand Vision, whomade £75,000 two days after finishing second in a Ffos Las bumper for Don Cantillon.

"He's been bought for a man who likes greys, Terry Warner," said Tizzard. "I'll keep the horse going because he only ran on Thursday. I had four orders and managed to get each of the four horses we went after so it was a good night. I've got nearly 60 horses and don't have enough boxes, I'll have to move some calves in the morning to make room for them."

There were a handful of National Hunt breeze-up horses on offer and Jonjo O'Neill got the pick of them, a £52,000 Presenting four-year-old from the family of Kris and Diesis consigned from Eugene McDermott's Kennycourt Stud.





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