It was yet another brilliant weekend on the racecourse for graduates of the Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales with winners up and down the country and across the Irish Sea.
On Friday at Cheltenham BUN DORAN marked himself down as a rapidly improving horse when he quickened clear after the last and ran away with the Handicap Chase for Tom George and the Crossed Fingers Partnership. The son of Shantou won his Maiden point-to-point for handler Mick Goff and realised £76,000 at the 2015 Cheltenham May Sale.
Saturday of the Cheltenham November meeting saw a Listed double for Cheltenham Sales’ graduates with victories for FIRST ASSIGNMENT and THE GLANCING QUEEN.
The afore named son of Vinnie Roe rates a most progressive individual and was recording a second win at Cheltenham in as many outings when scoring by 9 lengths eased down in the Listed Handicap Hurdle for Ian Williams and the Dttw Partnership. He was produced to win his Maiden point-to-point by Cormac Doyle and sold for £40,000 at the 2017 Cheltenham April Sale
THE GLANCING QUEEN created a big impression when forging clear up the hill to take the Listed Mares’ bumper on the card on her first start for Alan King. She won her Maiden point-to-point in good style at the Horse And Jockey before being sold to Highflyer Bloodstock at this year’s Festival Sale for £80,000.
The racy daughter of Jeremy looks another high-class recruit sold by Colin Bowe’s Milestone Stables.
At Newcastle on Friday the effervescent DAWNIERIVER recorded her sixth career victory when scoring for trainer Michael Scudamore in the hands of Ben Poste.
At Uttoxeter MOLLY THE DOLLY took the competitive Mares’ Novices’ Chase for Dan Skelton. She was produced to win her Maiden point-to-point and sold by James Doyle’s Baltimore Stables.
In the concluding bumper UMBRIGADO despite running green bolted up for David Pipe under Nick Schofield in fine style. Another graduate of this year’s Festival Sale he was sold by Aidan Fitzgerald to Tom Malone for £160,00 after finishing runner-up on his debut in the Maiden at Ballyarthur.
Four winners followed on Sunday with PALMERS HILL winning in impressive style for Jonjo O’Neill and J P McManus in the opener at Cheltenham under the trainer’s son. A former inmate of Denis Murphy’s Ballyboy Stables he looks highly progressive and one to follow this season.
SAMS PROFILE also sold at this year’s Festival Sale by Mick Goff took the Maiden Hurdle across the Irish Sea at Cork for Mouse Morris.
SHANROE SANTOS landed the feature Southern National Handicap Chase on Fontwell’s card for Lucy Wadham and GLEN ROCCO took the Novices’ Handicap Chase for Nick Gifford.