Grangeclare West Tops Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale
GRANGECLARE WEST proved the star attraction of the Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale when selling to Gordon Elliott and Cheveley Park for £430,000. The son of PRESENTING ran out the most impressive debut winner of his Maiden point to point for Denis Murphy and Edelle Logan at Lingstown on 22nd November, the same Maiden won by Tattersalls Cheltenham graduate SHISHKIN. He attracted bids from a number of different parties including underbidder Tom Malone but he was signed down to Gordon Elliott and Cheveley Park Stud for £430,000 with David Thompson in attendance.
Lot 15 GUILY BILLY will also be sporting the famous red, white and blue colours of Cheveley Park Stud after realising £310,000. The four-year-old COASTAL PATH gelding powered clear of his rivals to win his Maiden point to point for Donnchadh Doyle at Tinahely in good style last month.
CAPTAIN QUINT runner-up to GUILY BILLY in his point to point for Denis Murphy caught the imagination of Gerry Hogan and Rose Dobbin who succesfully purchased the son of the great FLEMENSFIRTH via Jamie Codd who was taking instructions on the telephone.
Lot 43 FAMEAFTERTHEGLORY produced a very taking debut performance only on Sunday when winning the four-year-old Maiden at Mainstown for Donnchadh Doyle. He will now continue his career at Gavin Cromwell's Danestown Stables after the trainer went to £100,000 to secure him.
Matthew Prior, Head of Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales, commented;
"As has been the case for so many in the bloodstock and racing industry in 2020, the point to point sector has experienced huge disruptions and challenges as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Having been unable to return to Chelteham Racecoure since the Cheltenham Festival, we are incredibly grateful to our loyal vendors and purchasers who have shown great resilience in supporting the necessary fixture changes during the Autumn season.
Nonetheless, we are still able to reflect on what has been a phenomenal year for Tattersalls Cheltenham graduates on the raceourse, with no less than seven Grade 1 winners including Festival winners MONKFISH, FERNY HOLLOW, SHISHKIN and racing's latest superstar ENVOI ALLEN. Add to that the likes of rising stars BALLYADAM and ASTERION FORLONGE, the lofty reputation of point to point graduates only looks set to rise further.
It has been with great pleasure and pride that today we have welcomed the National Hunt fraternity to Tattersalls in Newmarket for the first ever point to point sale to be staged at Park Paddocks, and we were delighted with a top price of £430,000 which was the third highest price in Tattersalls Cheltenham's history. Naturally our desire is for the Tattersalls Cheltenham sales to return to the home of National Hunt Racing at the earliest opportunity in 2021, but until such time today's healthy trade has demonstrated Park Paddock's ability to service the sector with distinction."