Nallen, Bowe and O’Sullivan create fireworks in the Cheltenham sales ring.


Janey mac but that was one roller coaster of a day at Cheltenham with 6 Irish trained winners resulting in a total of 12 over the four days, Davy Russell takes the Gold Cup by a shortest of short heads and then endures the longest of stewards enquiries!

His treble at odds of Tiger Roll10/1,Lord Windermere 20/1 and Savello 16/1 would have been a wonderful betting slip to hold! While Gigginstown House Stud with their four timer of Tiger Roll, Very Wood, Don Poli and Savello must have been over the moon to have picked a two Grade 1 races at 10/1 and 33/1.

When you add in the injury to Ruby Walsh, the standing down of Paul Townend,with the bizarre accident that Daryl Jacob encountered it only piled on the drama of the biggest day in national hunt racing!

There I was thinking that the fireworks in the sales ring at Cheltenham last night couldn’t be matched!

But that Brightwells sale , offering 26 horses saw some wonderful prices being achieved.

JP McManus paid £260,000 for the 4 year old Shirocco gelding Minella Rocco, with the unbeaten point to pointer winning last weekend at Horse and Jockey for Clonmel based John Nallen. Ridden by JT Carroll the young horse caught many an eye, and obviously that of the McManus team ad well.

£200,000 was the bid required by Highflyer Bloodstock to secure the Colin Bowe horse Blackthorn Prince from his Co Wexford yard. Making his point to point debut at Lingstown last weekend he went into
many notebooks when just failing under Barry O’Neill in a ding dong tussle with the Gigginstown horse Victory Mill. This 4 year old by Black Sam Bellamy now moves on to Johnjo O’Neills yard to continue his career. Bowe also sold Vintage Vinnie ,another Lingstown winner for £75,000 to Gearoid Costelloe to continue his racing career in Britain.

The same price of £200,00 saw Co Cork based Eugene O’Sullivan part with Scorpiancer to the bid of Gearoid Costelloe from the Rebecca Curtis yard.This 5 year old Scorpion gelding won at Kildorrery for O’Sullivan and gave his 17 year old son one leg of his first point to point double.

With two British based horses getting the next best prices in the shape of bumper placed horse King’s Odyssey to Evan Williams for £170,000 and point to pointer Saint Charles being knocked down for £140,000 some slightly smaller but no less impressive prices were paid for Irish trained horses.

These included Charlie Swan with Ballagh getting £125,000 , Denis Murphy securing £60,000 for Gold Man and Aidan Fitzgerald sold Hester Flemen for £55,000.

Fireworks indeed!


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