Hell's Bay: bought for just £3,000 at the DBS August horses in training salePICTURE: Martin Lynch
Bargain cast-off buy Hell's Bay wins Dipper
Tigmi Travel Dipper Novices' Chase (Grade 2), Cheltenham, 2m5f
HELL'S BAY (9yo b g Supreme Leader - Queen's Flagship, by Accordion)
Breeder: James Patrick Kelly in France
COLIN TIZZARD'S rehabilitation of former promising hurdler Hell's Bay continued at Cheltenham on Saturday when the nine-year-old gelding ran out a determined winner of the Dipper Novices' Chase from Medermit.
Originally bought as a foal at the Tattersalls Ireland November sale for €90,000 by the late bloodstock agent Keith Lewis on behalf of owner Graham Roach, Hell's Bay began his racing career with Paul Nicholls and won two of his first five starts, including the Grade 2 Persian War Novices' Hurdle in 2008.
However, Hell's Bay lost his way after that and failed to win again for Nicholls, which allowed Tizzard to purchase the gelding for the bargain sum of £3,000 when he came up for sale at last year's DBS August horses in training sale.
Ironically, Hell's Bay was one of the lesser lights of the consignment from Nicholls' Manor Farm Stables at the sale, as many of the horses owned or part-owned by Harry Findlay were being dispersed there, including Alfie Sherrin who sold for £110,000 and Aiteen Thirtythree at £90,000.
In five runs for Tizzard, Hell's Bay's record stands at two wins and two seconds.
Hell's Bay's initial appeal to Roach was obvious, as he is out of a winning sister to brilliant 2m chaser Flagship Uberalles and half-sister to Roach's dual Champion Chase hero Viking Flagship.
The gelding's sire is former champion jumps sire Supreme Leader.