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

Noel Meade with Realt Dubh: the trainer was busy at Brightwells on Friday

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Five six-figure lots head lively Brightwells sale

THERE were five six-figure lots at a lively Brightwells sale at
Cheltenham last night where lightly-raced Irish point-to-point and bumper performers were the hottest commodities and none more so than five-year-old Road To Riches, a winner between the flags at Sligo this month.

Mags O'Toole struck the successful £155,000 bid with owner William Rucker underbidder and other disappointed parties including David Dennis of Favourites Racing, Tom Malone and Anthony Bromley.


"He's been bought for a new syndicate to go to Noel Meade," said
O'Toole, who signed in the name of Matzak Holdings. "He looked very impressive winning in his video and is a lovely, scopey horse."

Meade's high-class novice hurdler Monksland came from this sale 12 months ago and he is hoping lightning can strike twice after O'Toole paid £135,000 for the four-year-old pointing winner Mullaghanoe River.

"He is for Monksland's owners, Paul and Patricia Hunt, and both
horses are by Beneficial, who has been a lucky sire for me over the years," said Meade. "In fact this fellow was the size and shape of Realt Dubh and is a lovely big horse, who will be a three-mile chaser in time."




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