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Nenuphar Collognes - Robert Thornton - Bangor -November 2008

Nenuphar Collonges: former Cheltenham Festival winner demonstrated the demand for proven chasers to go pointing when selling for £40,000

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Lively trade at Brightwells May Sale

Brightwells May Sale comparative figures (£)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  139  111  76  67  1,059,200  13,937  7,500
 2009  99  68  38  55  589,400  15,510  7,000

BRIGHTWELLS' May Sale, moved from its old date to precede the evening's hunter chase meeting at Cheltenham, produced a lively trade that included a pair of six-figure lots and a solid if unspectacular clearance rate of 67 per cent.

Five-year-old Nicene Creed topped the day when selling for£175,000 to agent Aiden Murphy on the back of his only start for Tom Mullins when finishing second in a bumper at the recent Punchestown Festival.

Eugene McDermott of Kennycourt Stud originally bought the Hernando gelding asa yearling for 40,000gns at Tattersalls and - after he failed to sell at Cheltenham's breeze-up sale last year - prepared him to run under Rules.

It was quickly apparent that McDermott's perseverance had paid off yesterday when Anthony Bromley kicked off the bidding at £100,000. Charlie Mann threw in a few more offers while it was County Kilkenny trainer Shark Hanlon who ended up underbidder.

Murphy had previously bought Menorah and Duke Of Lucca from Kennycourt Stud and said: "I was at Punchestown when he finished second in his bumper. He got badly cut up and showed a very willing attitude when he finally got out.

"He's for a longstanding clientof mine who doesn't want to be
identified at the moment and no decision has been made on who will train him. He looks a sharp horse and we hope he'll turn out half as good as Menorah."

Local trainer Jonjo O'Neill was the other man with six figures to
spend as he saw off the likes of Ben de Haan and Shark Hanlon as he paid £125,000 for the five-year-old mare Fiddlededee, winner of a point-to-point in March and a Tipperary bumper last week for her owner/trainer/breeder Gerard Quirk.

Jonjo O'Neill trainer

Jonjo O'Neill: set to train £125,000 purchase Fiddlededee

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Although she won't be sporting hisprincipal patron J P McManus's colours, Fiddlededee will race for a different existing owner at O'Neill's Jackdaws Castle stable.

"I saw her win her bumper and she looks a nice mare," said O'Neill.

"She'll have a holiday now and we'll find out how good she is next season. There's a good programme for mares now and she'll be aimed at that."

Thyne For Deploy, an easy novice hurdle winner at Hexham on Saturday night, returned to Michael Hourigan's stable in new ownership and could be back at Cheltenham in March after selling for £58,000 to agent Tom Malone.

"He's for an existing owner in Ireland and is going to need a trip to bring out the best in him. I'm sure he'll be aimed at the four-miler at the Festival, that should be right up his street," said Malone.

John Edwards, who had no shortage of training successes at
Cheltenham, had a busy afternoon in his present capacity as an agent. He was underbidder for Thyne For Deploy but picked up Jimmy Mangan's recent point-to-point winner Ballyallia Man for £42,000 on behalf of his son-in-law Tom George.

"I saw him in all three ofhis point-to-points and he looks a lovely
horse that should be a real proper Saturday chaser. I thought they've been a lot cheaper than at the previous sale here," said Edwards.

Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock,acting on behalf of a
well-known Midlands permit-holder who wanted to keep a low-profile yesterday, paid £48,000 for four-year-old winning pointer Ashtown Boy and £40,000 for Rumbavu, who had been second on his only start.


Potential pointers in demand

Alan King's classy performer Nenuphar Collonges demonstrated the strong current demand for proven chasers to go point-to-pointing andhunter chasing in Britain when selling for £40,000. He was bought by Somerset-based Richard and Dawn Prince for their 18-year-old son Philip, who has been successful on the flat, to ride.

But buyers want form

Eugene McDermott of Kennycourt Stud in County Kildare has had greatsuccess trading at the top end of both the flat and National Hunt markets but he believes store horses without form will prove increasingly hard to shift as demonstrated by sale-topper Nicene Creed.

"We prepped him at home and then sent him to Tom Mullins and expected him to win his bumper then come straight to the sale. He used to work with Menorah onthe Curragh," said McDermott.

"You've got to put form on a horse now, whether it's in a point-to-point or bumpers, otherwise they are hard to sell. We break them at two and get them going at three to get them ready to run."

Interested observer

A man familiar at every top flat sale in the world was in a rather different environment on Wednesday. Sheikh Mohammed's main bloodstock advisor John Ferguson, who has a jump training permit, was at the sale before saddling his hunter chase runner Lotta Presents last night.

What they were saying:

Anthony Bromley, Highflyer Bloodstock: "I bought two for £48,000 and £40,000 for a client who was underbidder on several lots in April and didn't get anything but got the two we earmarked here. The market wasn'tas strong today as at the April Sale but I think this new sale worked and has a place.
It was a solid market and I filled orders that I couldn't in April and it was interesting to see the older horses making money to go pointing."

Tom Malone, agent: "I think today's sale has worked OK. Obviously you had the cream of the crop at the last sale here in April but people could find a bit of value today."

Matt Mitchell, Brightwells' head of bloodstock: "The sale exceeded our expectations. In some ways it was brave to move the sale to the race meeting but in other ways it was a natural progression and a lot of horses were bought by the point-to-point fraternity. But many of the top National Hunt people were here and there was a good variety of purchasers at all levels."





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