TWO horses who both finished second in Irish point-to-points recently shared top spot in Friday's Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sale when sold for £190,000 each. Both will be trained by Paul Nicholls.
The first of the pair into the ring was Grey Getaway. Denis Murphy's Getaway four-year-old finished second on his only start at Dromahane.
Nicholls paid the same price later for Muckamore, who placed second on his debut appearance in the four-year-old maiden at Loughanmore for Colin McKeever. The Sholokhov gelding boasts a top-class pedigree, with Strong Run and Leading Run both featuring on the page.
Beyond Redemption, winner of that Loughanmore race for trainer Peter Flood and owners Pioneer Racing, was sold for £140,000 to Highflyer Bloodstock. The Court Cave gelding will race for owners Grech and Parkin.
Another Loughanmore winner, Warren Ewing's Bold Conduct (by Stowaway) was purchased by Colin Tizzard for £150,000.
Monasterevin trainer Peter Fahey sold bumper mare Elusive Belle for £180,000 to Highflyer Bloodstock. The Elusive Pimpernel filly finished second to Yukon Lil in a listed bumper at Gowran Park last month.
Michael and Ashleigh Murphy sold their Ballinaboola winner Fearless Fracas for £175,000 to Roger Brookhouse.
Noel Meade picked up a couple of promising types in Mary Doyle's Moig South point-to-point runner-up Defuture Is Bright (£135,000) and the Nicky Richards-trained Ayr bumper winner Beacon Edge (£88,000).
Gordon Elliott was relatively quiet by his standards at the sale though he did acquire three new recruits, the most expensive being Braeside (£105,000), still a maiden after five starts for Colin McKeever and Wilson Dennison.
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