The Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales returned to Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday evening for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic and it produced a record-breaking renewal.

A blockbuster session in a packed sales ring witnessed a total of 50 lots sell for £4,288,500 at an average of £85,770 with an impressive clearance rate of 93%.

Indeed the gross turnover is a world record for any select point-to-point sale ever staged, with 14 lots realising £100,000 or more to 12 individual buyers.

Arctic Bresil proved the star of the show when selling to agent Gerry Hogan for £305,000. The imposing four-year-old son of Blue Bresil was placed second in one of the most highly-regarded maiden point-to-points run this autumn thus far at Tattersalls Farm.

Consigned by Sean Doyle of Monbeg Stables he attracted bids from a number of parties but it was Hogan who struck the winning bid of £305,000 which was greeted by a round of applause from a packed sales ring.

Elliott purchase

Present Soldier, who won that Tattersalls Farm race, became the second lot of the evening to make £300,000 when going the way of Mouse O'Ryan and Gordon Elliott for KTDA Racing. The son of the late Presenting attracted bids from a number of players including underbidder David Minton but it was the Irish duo who came out on top.

Incredibly, the third-placed horse in that same race just six days ago, Master Chewy, also realised £300,000 when selling to William Twiston-Davies. The succesful purchaser came out on top after a protracted bidding duel with underbidder Harold Kirk. Consigned by Pat Doyle's Suirview Stables he is by Walk In The Park and will now go into training with Gold Cup winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Potters purchase

Smiling Getaway, consigned by Donnchadh Doyle's Monbeg Stables, had many admirers but it was James and Jean Potter who secured the well-regarded mare for £235,000 to see off underbidder Harold Kirk. The four-year-old daughter of Getaway was the impressive debut winner of her maiden point-to-point at Loughanmore last month.