Fifty winners in four weeks
Cheltenham Sales’ graduates picked up from where they left off on Friday in swashbuckling form with a total of eight winning graduates over the weekend taking the total number of races won in four weeks to fifty.
First up on Saturday was Do Not Disturb (Mahler) who led home a 1-2 for graduates in the opening Maiden Hurdle at Kelso when getting the better of Pogue in a protracted battle up the run in for trainer Rose Dobbin.
The son of Mahler was purchased by Gerry Hogan for £85,000 at the 2017 Cheltenham December Sale after finishing 3rd on his debut in the four-year-old Maiden Point-to-Point at Mainstown earlier in that month for handler Aidan Fitzgerald.
Racing returned to the Home of Jump Racing for the October Showcase Meeting and the highly regarded Slate House (Presenting) and the admirable Ramses De Teillee (Martaline) recorded impressive victories for connections.
Slate House making his seasonal debut proved in a different league to his rivals when jumping for fun in the Novices’ Chase in the hands of Robbie Power and breezing clear to win on the bridle for the Colin Tizzard team.
The Presenting gelding was the facile winner of his four-year-old Maiden Point-to-Point for Colin McKeever and Wilson Dennison’s Loughanmore Farm operation at Tattersalls Farm before being purchased by Tom Malone for £260,000 at the Cheltenham Festival Sale in 2017. A proven nursery and source of high-class young talent Loughanmore Farm look set to offer a number of potential top class prospects at this year’s Cheltenham November Sale.
Ramses De Teillee runner-up in the Welsh Grand National last season relished underfoot conditions when making all and clearing away to win the Novices’ Hurdle for David Pipe and owners John White and Anne Underhill. Produced to win his four-year-old Maiden Point-to-Point by Colin Bowe he was purchased for £55,000 by connections in April 2016 and has now amassed over £100,000 in career earnings to-date.
On Sunday Mount Ida (Yeats) opened her account over hurdles for Gordon Elliott and KTDA Racing at Galway, one of three winning Cheltenham Sales’ graduates on the day for her trainer. The daughter of Yeats won her four-year-old Maiden Point-to-Point for Jerry Cosgrave and was purchased for £70,000 by Aidan O’Ryan at the 2018 December Sale.
The imposing Battleoverdoyen (Doyen) registered a quick fire double for both Gordon Elliott and vendor Jerry Cosgrave. The high-class son of Doyen tackling regulation fences for the first time in his career jumped most professionally and made light work of his rivals under Keith Donoghue. Already a Grade 1 winner over hurdles he now looks set to take high rank in the Novice Chase Division for his owners Gigginstown House Stud.
He created a big impression when winning his four-year-old Maiden Point-to-point and was purchased for £235,000 at the 2017 April Sale.
Surin (Authorized) made it an across the card double for the owners when winning the Mares Hurdle at Wexford. She won her Junior Bumper for German trainer Mario Hoffer before being snapped up by Mags O’Toole for £72,000 at last year’s November Sale.
Over at Aintree the remarkable Same Circus (Brian Boru) caused a slight upset in the handicap hurdle for Donald McCain when scoring at 40/1 and registering her sixth success under rules and taking her earnings over £55,000.
The daughter of Brian Boru was picked up by Tom Malone and Donald McCain for just £10,000 at the 2016 May Sale after winning her Maiden Point-to-Point for John O’Callaghan.
Meanwhile across at Wincanton Wandrin Star (Flemensfirth) took the honours in the feature Desert Orchid Silver Cup for Kim Bailey and owner Mrs Penny Perriss. The son of Flemensfirth won his Maiden Point-to-Point first time of asking for Matt Collins by 12 lengths before being purchased by Kim Bailey for £52,000 at the 2017 February Sale.
Owners and Trainers alike will have the chance to purchase their future stars at the 2019 Cheltenham November Sale, which will take place after racing at the home of jump racing from 4.45pm in the Tattersalls Sales Complex.