Cheltenham Sales Graduates Shine At Down Royal
Tattersalls Cheltenham graduates dominated a stellar weekend’s racing at Down Royal’s October meeting with a total of five winners across the two days.
Envoi Allen was the star attraction on the card and the son of Muhtathir didn’t disappoint on his chasing debut when producing a foot perfect display to win as he liked for Gordon Elliott, Jack Kennedy and Cheveley Park Stud. This victory extended his unbeaten record to 10 and marked him down as one of the most exciting horses in history at this stage of his career. He now looks set to take his chance in the Grade 1 Drinmore Chase. He was produced to win his point to point by Colin Bowe and sold to Tom Malone for £400,000 at the 2018 February Sale.
Farouk D’Alene maintained his unbeaten record when opening his account over hurdles in the first race of the day. The strapping son of Racinger made all the running and never saw another rival in the hands of Jack Kennedy. He was sold by Donnchadh Doyle at 2019 Cheltenham Festival sale to Mags O’Toole for £260,000.
On Saturday Ballyadam enhanced his lofty reputation further when running away with the Maiden Hurdle for the Gordon Elliott, Cheveley Park axis. The son of Fame And Glory travelled smoothly throughout and sauntered clear after the last to win as he liked by 12 lengths at the line. He could now go for the Grade 1 Royal Bond Novices’ Hurdle. He was purchased by Cheveley Park Stud for £330,000 from Wilson Dennison after winning his Maiden point to point at last year’s November Sale.
Battleoverdoyen bounced back to his best when taking the Grade 2 Lough Construction Chase for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown. He jumped well throughout and stayed on well after the last to win going away by 6 lengths. He looks set to have another very productive season and could well challenge for top honours in the Ryanair Chase at the Festival next year. The son of Doyen was sold by Jerry Cosgrave for £235,000 at the 2017 April Sale.
In the concluding bumper Sir Gerhard galloped his rivals into the ground under Jamie Codd when careering away to win by 14 lengths at the line. He looks yet another potentially top class exciting youngster for the owners who have assembled a very strong and select team of horses in a short space of time.
Over at Carlisle Rath An Iuir won on his debut over fences for Rose Dobbin under Connor O’Farrell. The promising son of Flemensfirth was purchased by Gerry Hogan from Colin Bowe at the 2017 November Sale.
Entries are now online for this week’s November Sale which takes place from 1.00pm at Tattersalls Ireland, Fairyhouse on Friday.