Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales Graduates Excel Over The Festive Period
The Festive Period served up some top class action on the track and Tattersalls Cheltenham graduates were to the fore once more with two Grade 1 victories and a host of exciting young future stars creating a big impression.
Yesterday saw the exciting MONKFISH cement his position at the head of the ante post market for the 2021 RSA Chase at the Festival when running out the ready winner of the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown. The son of STOWAWAY jumped particularly well in the hands of Paul Townend and stayed on after the last to score with authority for Willie Mullins and owner Mrs Susanna Ricci. He was purchased by Harold Kirk for £235,000 from Cormac Doyle's Monbeg Stables at the 2018 Cheltenham May Sale.
The highly regarded BRAVEMANSGAME saw off a select but quaility field when winning the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle on Newbury's card completing a 1-2-3 for Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales graduates in the process. He travelled notably well throughout and powered clear of his rivals to score in great style. After the race his trainer Paul Nicholls compared him in the same breath to the mighty DENMAN. The son of BRAVE MANSONNIEN was a £390,000 purchase by Tom Malone for owners Bryan Drew and John Dance from Donnchadh Doyle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival Sale.
The exciting SHISHKIN took another step up the ladder when running away with the Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices' Chase at Kempton on only his second start over the larger obstacles. Last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner cruised through the race and went clear after the last to win as he liked. Bookmakers reacted to this success by making him odds on ante post favourite for the Arkle Chase in March. He was a £170,000 purchase by Highflyer Bloodstock from Virginia Considine at the 2018 Cheltenham December Sale.
Gordon Elliott's FAROUK D'ALENE took the Grade 2 Jaguar Land Rover Novice Hurdle at Limerick under Jody McGarvey for owners Gigginstown House Stud. The son of Racinger produced a brave staying performance to see off his rivals and looks set to be aimed at the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Festival. He was picked up for £260,000 by Mags O'Toole at the 2019 Festival Sale off Donncadh Doyle's Monbeg Stables.
The Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale to be staged on Friday 19th February will offer buyers the chance to source their next future National Hunt stars.