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Cheltenian in demand at Cheltenham sale

STARS OF THE FUTURE SALE FIGURES (£)
Year Cat. Off. Sold Agg. Ave. Median
2010 43 30 20 863,000 43,150 27,750
2009 45 32 23 906,500 39,413 36,000


ONCE-RACED and highly-regarded bumper performer Cheltenian starred at Brightwells’ post-racing sale at Cheltenham on Friday night when selling for £210,000.

The four-year-old was heavily-backed on his debut for trainer Liz Doyle at Punchestown last month and finished a good second.

He headed to the sale with a big reputation and was the subject of a duel between Roger Brookhouse and Richard Kelvin Hughes, two owners who are keen supporters of Cheltenham’s sales.


It was Warwickshire-based Brookhouse who had the final say and he is still finalising plans for his purchase. “He’ll come back to my place now and then I’ll decide where he goes into training,” said Brookhouse. “He was just a really nice horse and I thought he’d make £150,000-plus.”

Another to hit six figures was four-year-old Harpsy Chord who was trained by Sam Curling for his artist father Peter to landa point-to-point at Dromahane on Sunday.

Sizing Europe’s owner Alan Potts, seated alongside trainer Henry De Bromhead, put in the successful £100,000 bid. The Accordion gelding will race in the colours of Potts andhis wife Ann.

It was an evening dominated by four-year-olds with potential and another recent point-to-point winner, Ballytober, made £85,000 on the back of a success in Wilson Dennison’s colours at Loughbrickland last month. Agent Aiden Murphy fought off David Minton for the Kahyasi gelding for an owner with Philip Hobbs.

“He’s a four-year-old who is going the right way and has got real scope. I spoke to Derek O’Connor about the horse and he was very complimentary,” said Murphy. “It was a very strong trade. It was hard to buy and I was underbidder a few times.”

Malton handler John Quinn, acting for Blythe Knight’s owner Peter Clay, paid £80,000 through agent Tom Malone for another recent winning point-to-pointer, Moonlight Drive, who scored at Glenbane last month.

“We tried for a few at Tattersalls without success and this looked a really nice sharpish type of horse. He could start in a bumper or go straight over hurdles. Peter’s a terrific owner and his company, Maxilead Metals, is sponsoring the Tommy Whittle Chase this year,” said Quinn.

Anthony Bromley’s shopping list was topped by yet another winning four-year-old pointer, Ravastree, who scored for trainer Brian Jordan last month and was bought for £65,000 on behalf of Chris Vine, an owner with Alan King.

This was the third year of Brightwells’ November Sale and although turnover dropped by 4.8 per cent to £863,000, the £43,150 average was up 9.5 per cent. The clearance ratefell from 72 per cent last year to 66 per cent.

 

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