Cheltenham Graduates Excel Over Festive Period
Tattersalls Cheltenham graduates enjoyed a most productive festive period recording success in no less than eight black type races including four Grade 1 victories.
At Kempton on Boxing Day BRAVEMANSGAME sprinkled some star dust on the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novice Chase when putting in a magnificent round of jumping to win in fine style. He marked himself down as one of the most exciting Novice chasers around with this performance. He was sold by Donnchadh Doyle's Monbeg Stables to Tom Malone for £370,000 at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival Sale.
FERNY HOLLOW also looks a Novice chaser out the top draw after a commanding victory in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase. The son of WESTERNER jumped with aplomb and cemented his place at the head of the market for the Arkle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. He was purchased by Harold Kirk for £300,000 at the 2019 Cheltenham February Sale from Colin Bowe's Milestone Stables.
ENVOI ALLEN bounced back in good style to take the Grade 1 two mile chase at Leopardstown for Henry De Bromhead and Cheveley Park Stud. He was a £400,000 by Tom Malone from Colin Bowe at the 2018 Cheltenham February Sale.
At Naas GINTO claimed Grade 1 honours when toughing it out to win the Lawlors of Naas Hurdle for Gordon Elliott and owners Bective Stud. A €400,000 purchase at the 2020 Cheltenham November Sale which was held at Fairyhouse he looks a leading contender for the staying Novice hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival.
SHISHKIN produced an imperious display in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase winning by 10 lengths on his seasonal debut for Joe Donnelly and Nicky Henderson. He is ante post favourite for this year’s Champion Chase and looks better than ever judged on this performance. He was purchased for £170,000 at the 2018 Cheltenham December sale by Highflyer Bloodstock from Virginia Considine.
The progressive MOUNT IDA claimed victory in the Grade 3 John & Chich Fowler Memorial Mares Chase for Gordon Elliott and KTDA Racing. She was a £70,000 purchase by Mouse O’Ryan from Jerry Cosgrave at the 2018 Cheltenham December Sale.
POETIC MUSIC and AMERICAN MIKE both registered Listed success in bumpers over the festive period. The former was purchased for £60,000 by Fergal O’Brien at the most recent Cheltenham November Sale from John Butler. AMERICAN MIKE is the market leader for the Champion Bumper after his smooth success at Navan. He was bought for £195,000 by Gordon Elliott at last year’s Cheltenham April Sale from Sean Doyle's Monbeg Stables.
The next Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale takes place after racing on Saturday 29th January