THE appetite of the leading owners and trainers for Irish point-to-pointers showed no sign of slowing down at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sale on Thursday evening when five horses, all recent winners, sold for more than £200,000 each.
Topping the sale was the five-year-old Alkaadhem gelding Global Citizen, who was described as “an aeroplane” by trainer Willie Murphy after he had made a highly impressive winning debut earlier this month. He was bought here by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for £275,000 and will reportedly be trained by Jonjo O'Neill.
Two lots made £250,000. The first was Brewin’upastorm, who won at Quakerstown in Co Clare on Easter Sunday for handler Tim Hyde. His new trainer is Dan Skelton.
Gordon Elliott will be training £250,000 purchase Mr Lingo, a winner at Dromahane recently for handler Joe Ryan and his son Josh. The Curtain Time gelding is a half-brother to Galway Plate winner Bob Lingo.
Elliott also secured Battleoverdoyen, who won at Loughanmore last Saturday for handler Jerry Cosgrave. This four-year-old cost £235,000 at Cheltenham.
The fifth pointer to breach the £200,000 mark was Chooseyourweapon, a winner at Inch just a week ago for ‘Monbeg’ handler Donnchadh Doyle. This son of Flemensfirth was purchased for £210,000 by Welsh trainer Evan Williams, who also paid £170,000 for another Inch winner Tossapenny, formerly trained by Denis Murphy.
Working with bloodstock agent Mags O’Toole, Noel Meade also bagged a couple of promising sorts in the shape of Active Force (£165,000) and Heroesandvillains (£140,000), winners of two divisions of a four-year-old maiden at Courtown in Wexford recently. The former was trained by Denis Murphy while the latter came from Donnchadh Doyle’s yard.
FULL SALES REPORT IN THE IRISH FIELD THIS WEEKEND