Ginto Tops Relocated Tattersalls Cheltenham November Sale
Winner of his four-year-old Maiden point to point in hugely impressive fashion at Tattersalls on 25th October by 12 lengths, GINTO proved to be the star attraction at the relocated Cheltenham November Sale.
The four-year-old son of WALK IN THE PARK attracted bids from a number of interested parties via telephone but it was Noel and Valerie Moran who came out on top at €470,000 giving instructions to Tattersalls Ireland's Richard Pugh. He will remain in the care of Gordon Elliott and looks a potentially high class recruit to the owners' rapidly expanding team.
Lot 16 GRINGO D'AUBRELLE offered by Donnchadh Doyle's Monbeg Stables will also be sporting the colours of Noel and Valerie Moran on his next start after realising €270,000. The four-year-old son of SADDLER MAKER ran out the very taking winner of his Maiden point to point at Loughanmore on 24th October.
The third highest price of the day was the the striking GENTLEMANSGAME offered as Lot 9 by Donnchadh Doyle. He caught the eye of agent Mags O'Toole who made the winning bid of €250,000 via telephone.
Owner Basil Holian also struck via telephone through Tattersalls Ireland's Jamie Codd for Lot 14 PERCY WARNER at £100,000. The four-year-old son of OCOVANGO was the winner of his Maiden point in fine style at Umma House for Gordon Elliott.
Tom Malone bidding on the live internet platform struck for two lots including Lot 24 PROMISING MILAN from Donnchadh Doyle's Monbeg Stables. The €70,000 purchase will head into training with Nick Mitchell for Sherborne Utilities Ltd.
Matthew Prior, Head of Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales, commented;
"Having initially moved this fixture from its Cheltenham home to Tattersalls Ireland as a result of COVID-19, new ground has been broken with today's sale being the first live online auction to be held by the Tattersalls group. We have witnessed strong demand for the top end of the market, with purchasers from both Ireland and the UK competing for the cream of the Irish point to point crop via a combination of internet bidding and telephone bids. The highlight of the day was the sale of the hugely exciting prospect Ginto, whose price of €470,000 marks him out as the highest price horse to ever be sold at Fairyhouse, which is testament to the location being able to service this sector. It would be remiss to not acknowledge that trade has been difficult for some vendors with a selective clearance rate and we will certainly review the format ahead of the next sale. We would like to thank vendors who have thrown their support behind this new concept, providing us with the same accustomed quality that is the hallmark of Tattersalls Cheltenham sales and those purchasers that have participated in the sale."