Four-year-old Maidens set for action this weekend

This coming weekend marks the start of the 2019 four-year-old point-to-point season in Ireland with fixtures scheduled at Ballinaboola and Belharbour both having attracted high class entries.

In tandem with the start of the four-year-old programme the first Tattersalls Cheltenham sale of the year will be staged on Thursday 21st February.

Last year’s sale saw the unbeaten Envoi Allen realise £400,000 when selling to Tom Malone after taking the corresponding Ballinaboola Maiden for trainer Colin Bowe and Walter Connors.

Subsequent Sandown Grade 2 Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle winner Alsa Mix was also offered at last year’s renewal, selling to Highflyer Bloodstock and Alan King for £65,000.

Last Spring also saw Andy Dufresne the impressive winner of his bumper at Down Royal, make a spectacular winning debut in his Maiden at Borris House before selling to J P McManus for £330,000 at the Cheltenham Festival Sale.

Last year's February sale returned an aggregate turnover of £3,063,000 at an average of £105,621 with a top price of £410,000.

Selected Point to Pointers and Form Horses are now being accepted for this year’s sale.