KRISPY Kreme is a hugely popular brand of doughnuts in Ireland and Britain, and the company’s CEO Richard Cheshire is a successful racehorse owner. He and his wife Carol have a number of horses with Chris Gordon in Winchester, including the very exciting young prospects Presenting A Queen and Leave Of Absence.

The couple can also look forward now to the racing career of a three-year-old son of Getaway out of an unraced half-sister to the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle winner Binocular.

He cost Gordon £140,000 and was bought from Norman Williamson’s Oak Tree Farm outside Athboy. Williamson paid €62,000 at Tattersalls Ireland for the gelding in 2019.

Gordon afterwards revealed that the breaking of the gelding would be in the hands of Claire Bonner who sold the top lot at the sale.

Among the big prices achieved by Irish vendors was the £80,000 given for Galbertstown Stables’ three-year-old son of Affinisea, and he will be trained by Joe Tizzard following the handing over of the training licence by his father Colin. The latter was at the sale, in the company of Ross Doyle, and their day one choice lot, owned by Anne Marie Ryan, is from the family of Simon and Oulart.

The Tizzard\Doyle axis was in action the following day for another £80,000 purchase, this one from Jackie Chugg’s Little Lodge Stud, sadly in the absence of her late husband Robert. How he’d have loved selling the homebred son of Kayf Tara out of the winning Robin Des Champs mare, Susie Sheep.