Ballyadam tops the Tattersalls Cheltenham November Sale selling for £330,000
Today, Tattersalls Cheltenham staged its first sale of the 2019/20 season, with the November Sale taking centre stage on the afternoon of the abandoned first day of the Cheltenham November Meeting. Due to the versatility of this great venue and the quick action of the whole team, the transition was seamless and provided clients with a convenient time to conduct their business.
The sale concluded with an aggregate of £2,982,000 and rises of 5% in the median to £69,000 and 20% in the average to £93,188.
The star of the show was Colin McKeever's Ballyadam (Lot 20), who could not have been more impressive on his debut, as a four-length winner of the four-year-old maiden at Portrush, previously won by Grade 1-star Finian's Oscar. Bidding started off at £100,000 and crept in increments of £20,000 and it was trainer Gordon Elliott who saw off fierce competition to secure the son of Fame And Glory for £330,000.
There was a lot to like about the debut performance which earned the French-bred Fiston Des Issards his maiden success. The four-year-old, consigned by Colin Bowe's Milestone Stables produced an eye-catching performance at Loughanmore. The son of Buck's Boum will now continue his career at Cullentra House Stables after trainer Gordon Elliott once again came out on top at £255,000 (Lot 43).
Handler Cian Hughes sent out Yousayitbest (Lot 28) at Moig South who delivered accordingly, winning the four-year-old Maiden with an impressive turn of foot in the closing stages. The quality and ability were recognised by agent Alex Elliott who purchased the son of Doyen for £220,000.
Tattersalls announce the reintroduction of the Cheltenham January Sale following the successful November Sale renewal
Tattersalls Cheltenham continually looks to enhance the profile of sales for horses in training and point to pointers. This give us the opportunity to introduce a sale for a select group of high-class horses in training and point to pointers in the Owners and Trainers marquee, following racing at the Cheltenham Festival Trials Day on Saturday 25 January.
Tattersalls Cheltenham January Sale will be the first time a sale has been conducted exclusively in the Tattersalls sponsored Owners and Trainers marquee at Cheltenham and is set to provide a luxurious environment for buyers to invest in their future winners.
At the conclusion of the sale, Matt Prior, Head of Cheltenham Sales commented;
"Today provided challenges for Cheltenham Racecourse, but due to the versatility of this great venue, we were able to react quickly and bring forward the sale. As a result, we welcomed a huge crowd to the Tattersalls sales ring which resulted in buoyant trade producing increases in the median and average.
"We are also delighted to be able to announce the new Tattersalls January Sale which provides us with the unique opportunity of offering a select number of lots among the atmosphere of the Owners and Trainers Marquee.
"We now look forward to the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale which takes place on Friday 13 December."