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Woolcombe Folly ridden by Ruby Walsh wins the WBX.COM Novices' Hurdle at Kempton 19/10/08. Pic Patrick McCann

Woolcombe Folly: his close relation City Press makes his debut today

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Pricey purchases clash in Haydock bumper

A TRIO of pricey purchases clash in the bumper that concludes today’s card at Haydock Park.

Hot favourite Ebanour, an eight-length winner on his first start in a Wetherby bumper last month, was the most expensive purchase at November’s DBS horses in training sale when bought by his trainer Donald McCain for owner Tim Leslie for £120,000.

Like jumps Grade 1 winners such as Zaidpour, Zarkandar and Zaynar, Ebanour was bred by the Aga Khan Studs. He is by Indian Ridge and out of Irish Oaks heroine Ebadiyla, making him a half-brother to Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Ebaziyan and to the dam of Grade 3 Punchestown Juvenile Hurdle winner Ebadiyan.

Though Indian Ridge’s metier was sprinting, he has proven capable of getting smart jumpers including 17-time winner Indian Jockey, Galway Hurdle scorer Indian Pace and Pertemps Final runner-up Prince Erik.

Ballyclough, who makes his debut for the Jonjo O’Neill-JP McManus team, was bought by John O’Byrne as a foal for €105,000 at the 2007 Tattersalls Ireland November sale.

The horse’s appeal is partly explained by the fact that the same connections had enjoyed success in a Grade 2 bumper at Newbury that year with his brother Crocodiles Rock.

Ballyclough is by Heron Island and out of the unraced Executive Perk mare That’s The Bonus, a half-sister to high-class hurdler Spirit Leader.

Another debutant in the race, City Press, was bought by Highflyer Bloodstock for €65,000 at last year’s Tattersalls Ireland Derby sale.

The Nicky Henderson-trained gelding is closely related to
Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase winner Woolcombe Folly. Both are by reigning champion jumps sire Presenting and City Press is a half-brother to Strong Gara, the unraced dam of Woolcombe Folly.

City Press is a brother to a first-time-out bumper winner in Anseo and a half-brother to another in Petanque. Another half-brother, Blow Wind Blow, also won a bumper.

The priciest horse in the field is Way To Finish, an Oasis Dream half-brother to smart Flat handicapper Blue Spinnaker who was purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson for €230,000 at the 2007 Arqana August yearling sale in Deauville.

However, he never raced on the Flat and shed his value, being picked up by current trainer Jimmy Moffatt for just £1,000 at the 2009 DBS October sales.




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