The first Grade 1 race in Ireland of 2019 highlighted the outstanding depth of high-class prospects that are available to purchase through the Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales ring, with graduates filling the first three places.
BATTLEOVERDOYEN took his unbeaten record to four out of four, making the transition from his 13 length Maiden Hurdle win to Grade 1 company in impressive fashion that has seen his odds cut from 16-1 to 6-1 from the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle in March. The son of Doyen won his point to point on the first time of asking by three lengths at Loughanmore for Jerry Cosgrave and owner Michael Lynch, five days before travelling to the Cheltenham April Sale where he was purchased for £235,000 by Gordon Elliott for Gigginstown House Stud.
Sams Profile was a debut winner of his point to point at Cragmore for Mick Goff before being sold for £80,000 at last year's Cheltenham Festival Sale to Mags O'Toole. The Mouse Morris trained son of the late Black Sam Bellamy continues to progress having been placed 2nd in a Grade 1 and 3 on his last two outings.
Getareason continues his ultra-consistent form at the highest level having been placed four times in black type company for his owners Sullivan Bloodstock Limited and trainer Willie Mullins. The son of Getaway finished second on his debut for Warren Ewing in the four-year-old Punchestown Maiden and was subsequently to sold to Harold Kirk/WP Mullins at the Cheltenham February Sale for £130,000.
Entries are currently being selected for the Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale which provides the first opportunity to purchase from the 2019 four-year-old crop of point to pointers. The February Sale is producing outstanding results on the track with a current strike rate of 50% individual winners to runners from last year's sale including the highly regarded ENVOI ALLEN.