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Hanlon strikes for Cheltenham sale top lot

CARLISLE novice hurdle winner Kings Canyon topped a selective Brightwells’ January Sale after racing at Cheltenhamon Saturday night when selling for £60,000 to America’s top jumping owner Irv Naylor.

The six-year-old was trained by Nicky Richards for an easy success at Carlisle last month and he is set tojoin his year-older brother Hidden Cyclone at Shark Hanlon’s County Carlow stable.


“Irv Naylor has Alfa Beat with me and after that horse won the Kerry National he asked me to look for something else nice and hopefully this fellow will fit the bill,” said Hanlon, who bid by telephone from Ireland via Charmaine O’Neill of Whytemount Stud.

“I obviously know the family as I have the full-brother and this one looked very impressive when winning his novice hurdle. He’ll stay hurdling for the rest of this season and then we’ll send him over fences next season. He’s a lovely big horse who looks a real chasing type. I was on the phone to Mr Naylor while bidding and he’s very pleased to get the horse."

Six-year-old Ballincurrig, who was saddled by Denis Leahy to win a Dromahane point-to-point on New Year’s Eve, is set tocontinue running in amateur company after selling for £50,000 to Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock.

John Shark Hanlon

John Shark Hanlon

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“He is going point-to-pointing and hunter chasing in East Anglia and was a lovely, big scopey horse,” said Bromley.

“There was a lot of interest in him and he was a hard horse to buy but hopefully he’ll make a smart hunter chaser in the next few seasons."

Five-year-old It’s A Steal, a point-to-point winner in November, was sold for £42,000 to William and Angela Rucker,accompanied by Evan Williams, while trainer Donald McCain paid £33,000 for Ifyousayso, a Musselburgh bumper winner on his debut on Wednesday.

“I just thought he was good value for a horse that has won a bumper and obviously knows his job. We’ll see where we go with him,” said McCain.




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