Sir Gerhard stars in Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle

On the second day of the Dublin Racing Festival Sir Gerhard provided Willie Mullins and Cheveley Park Stud with Grade 1 honours in the Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle. In doing so he became the 16th Grade 1 winning graduate since January last year and the 63rd black type winner in the same period.


The son of Jeremy made all of the running in the hands of Paul Townend and ultimately galloped his rivals into the ground to record a six-length victory at the line. He now looks set to take his place in the curtain raiser at the Cheltenham Festival – the Supreme Novices Hurdle for which he is currently fourth favourite in the ante post betting.


He was sold by Elmarie Holden to the owners for £400,000 at the 2019 Cheltenham December Sale.


At Musselburgh on Saturday Bardenstown Lad won the Scottish Stayers Novice Hurdle for John McConnell and Derek Kierans. The son of Black Sam Bellamy outclassed his rivals and stayed on strongly to win going away by 11 lengths.


He was sold by Adrian Murray to the owner Derek Kierans for £42,000 at the 2020 Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale staged at Park Paddocks.


Kiltealy Briggs took the opening race on the Scottish track’s card for the McNeill family and Jamie Snowden. He was sold by Colin Bowe to Tom Malone for £70,000 at the 2018 Tattersalls Cheltenham April Sale.


Douglas Talking was a taking winner for Lucinda Russell yesterday at the same venue when taking the Novices’ Handicap Chase. He was a £65,000 buy at the 2021 Cheltenham May Sale staged at Park Paddocks by Paul McIvor from Ian Donoghue’s Tankardstown Stables. The May Sale this year will stay at Park Paddocks and has been renamed the May NH Sale.


The next sale to source your future stars will be the Cheltenham February Sale on Thursday 24th of the month.