It was yet another phenomenal weekend on the track for Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales with eight winners across the country including listed and graded success.
Posh Trish got the ball rolling when making all and jumping in fine style to take the Listed Mares Novices Hurdle at Newbury for Paul Nicholls and owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. Purchased by Tom Malone at the 2017 Festival Sale from John Hanlon. She led home a 1-2 for Cheltenham Sales graduates with Lust For Glory filling the runner up spot for Nicky Henderson and owners Grech and Parkin.
Two more black type winners were to follow at Newbury with Santini being foot perfect and enhancing his tall reputation when taking the Grade 2 Novices’ Chase in the manner of a very exciting young horse. The son of Milan was a graduate from between the flags in England. Rocky’s Treasure who finished 2nd for Kim Bailey and J Perriss, making it another 1-2 for Cheltenham graduates.
Global Citizen again made most of the running and saw off all his rivals in tenacious style to land the Listed Gerry Feilden Hurdle for Ben Pauling and owners the Megsons. The son of Alkaadhem was purchased by Matt Coleman after winning his Irish Maiden point-to-point for William Murphy.
Up at Newcastle Lake View Lad landed the Listed Rehearsal Chase in the style of a very progressive young chaser for Nick Alexander and Trevor Hemmings. The son of Oscar travelled well throughout and could be called the winner a good way from home. He was sold by Mags Mullins after a promising run in a bumper at the 2015 May Sale.
Ask Ben sprung a 50/1 surprise when rallying to win the hotly contested “French Furze” Novices’ Hurdle for Graeme McPherson on what was his first start since being sold for £30,000 at this year’s May Sale by Raymond Beresford.
At Bangor Wandrin Star and Shantaluze brought up a quick-fire double. Wandrin Star recorded a 14 length win for Kim Bailey, he was sold by Pat Collins at the 2017 February Sale. Shantaluze was purchased by Donald McCain and Deva Racing from Richard Black for £40,000 at the November 2017 Sale.
Book Of Invasions provided new connections with a quick return on their investment when running away with the “Junior” bumper at Doncaster for John Ryan. The son of Declaration Of War was sold just recently sold at the Cheltenham November Sale by Ken Condon for £65,000.
On Sunday, the highly regarded Envoi Allen who was most impressive when winning his Maiden point-to-point for Colin Bowe scored in very taking style in the concluding bumper for Gordon Elliott purchased by Tom Malone on behalf of Cheveley Park Stud for £400,000 at the 2018 February Sale. Port Stanley finished a good 2nd for Jessica Harrington who was also sold by Milestone Stables.