On Sunday Larkhill will play host to the first of a series of sponsored 4/5 year-old Maiden point to points, five of which are sponsored by Tattersalls Cheltenham. The renowned West Country venue has attracted a bumper entry of 112 horses across the card compared to 77 last year. As a result of this the start time has been brought forward to 11.30.
The demand for high-class young National Hunt prospects that have shown their ability in English point to points has seen an increase of trainers and owners in the UK specialising in this market. The last few years have seen record breaking prices at Cheltenham for UK point to pointers of up to £220,000 for Tom Lacey's INTERCONNECTED and at the 2019 February Sale GARRY CLERMONT realised £150,000 for Fran Nimmo and Charlie Poste and has subsequently impressed in winning his Bumper and Maiden Hurdle for Jonjo O’Neill. Another taking recent winner from the same source was PRESENCE OF MIND who made all to win his bumper for Olly Murphy at Huntingdon last week.
The Tattersalls Cheltenham sponsored Maiden which will open proceedings on the card has itself attracted a quality entry of 11 which includes representatives from the yard’s of Sophie Lacey and champion point to point trainer Tom Ellis both of which have witnessed success in the sales ring at Cheltenham. The Lacey team have forged a reputation of being top class producers of young talent which include the likes of BLACKBOW, TEA CLIPPER, SEBASTOPOL, SKY PIRATE, and INTERCONNECTED.
The next sale at Cheltenham will take place on Friday 13 December and select entries are currently being accepted.