THIS sale doesn’t need a preview - just a photograph of Constitution Hill will do.
You wonder if they’re already thinking of putting up a statue of the Champion Hurdle winner at Doncaster, or will they wait until he wins the Gold Cups at Ascot and Cheltenham too?
It was at this sale in 2021 that Warren Ewing and Barry Geraghty sold the future star for just £120,000 to Nicky Henderson. The horse hadn’t even won his point-to-point, giving hope to all the smaller buyers out there who will travel to Doncaster next week in the hope of picking up a bargain.
Following immediately after the two-day store sale, this sale devoted to horses-in-training and point-to-pointers starts on Wednesday. The catalogue features 450 original entries plus a further 83 supplementary entries added this week.
These are all ‘form’ horses, naturally, though it should be remembered that this season’s Grade 1 winning novice hurdler Good Land was also bought at this sale, unraced, for just £28,000 in 2019. The sellers on that occasion were Mike Grech and Stuart Parkin, and their dispersal draft that year was headed by Interconnected, who made £620,000 and never won a race. Funny old game.
Mike Grech is selling the 128-rated chaser Gallyhill next week and there are races to be won with him, but most interest will be on the point-to-point section.
Wednesday will be dedicated to over 200 point-to-pointers and young form horses. All the leading point-to-point handlers are represented.
Thursday is dedicated to horses-in-training, and it has a strong mix of promising younger horses, proven performers and some attractive breeding opportunities. Gordon Elliott has the largest draft with 24 entries while Dan Skelton offers 14. The Dai Walters partial dispersal will see 25 lots offered without reserve.
Other trainers with drafts in the sale include Alan King, Ben Pauling, David Pipe, Donald McCain, Emma Lavelle, Evan Williams, Henry de Bromhead, Jonjo O’Neill, Iain Jardine, Ian Williams, Lucinda Russell, Margaret Mullins, Neil Mulholland, Nicky Henderson, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Oliver Sherwood, Olly Murphy, Paul Nicholls, Philip Hobbs, Tom George and Warren Greatrex.
The sale will offer some well-bred fillies and mares too.
Lot 372: Similar Story, 5yo m by Mahler, won Grennan PTP on May 7th for Sean Doyle.
Lot 396: Ballinrea, 6yo g by Libertarian, won Curraghmore PTP on debut in April for Roger McGrath.
Lot 402: Time For Joy, 6yo Yeats mare. Won Toomebridge PTP on May 8th.
Lot 404: Dripsey Moon, 6yo g by Let The Lion Roar. Won PTPs at Knockanohill and Curraghmore for Stephen O’Donoghue.
Lot 405: Gray Rock, 7yo g by Rail Link. Winner of three PTPs for Liam Kenny.
Lot 419: Imperial Saint, 5yo g by Saint Des Saints. Won Toomebridge PTP for Stuart Crawford on May 8th.
Lot 426: Cuchullan’s Son, 5yo g by Milan. Won Tralee PTP for Pat O’Rourke.
Lot 428: Ingenie, 5yo m by Coastal Path, won Fairyhouse PTP for Paul Pierce.
Lot 429: Patrick’s Well, 4yo g by Mount Nelson. Won Stowlin PTP for Sam Curling.
Lot 430: Red Hugh, 5yo g by Shantou. Won Stradbally PTP for Kevin O’Donnell.
Lot 435: Wild Grouse, 6yo b by Getaway. Won Liscarroll PTP for John Murphy.
Lot 436: Le Jeune Bresil, 6yo g by Blue Bresil. Won Tralee PTP for Shark Hanlon.
Lot 441: Dream Shadow, debut winning four-year-old pointer, half-sister to Grade 2 winners Shadow Eile and Corskeagh Royale.
Lot 446: Harrys Hope, 5yo m by Quest For Peace. Won Dromahane PTP for Benny Walsh.
Lot 455: Kerryhill, 5yo g by Soldier Of Fortune, winner of his most recent PTP for Colin McKeever at Necarne.
Lot 459: Champagne Twist, 5yo g by Shantou. Winner of Quakerstown PTP for Roisín Hickey.
Lot 460: Great Pepper, 5yo g by Great Pretender, winner of his last two PTPs for Donnchadh Doyle, the most recent at Necarne.
Lot 463: One For Daisy: 5yo m by Mahler. Won Tralee PTP for Sam Curling.
Lot 465: Neo King, 5yo g by Coastal Path. Won Portrush PTP for Colin McKeever.
Lot 468: Meetmeinthemorning, 6yo g by Mamool. Won Stowlin PTP on debut for Eugene O’Sullivan.
Lot 471: Ballymackie, 5yo g by Califet, the impressive winner of two PTPs for Colin McKeever, the most recent at Loughanmore.
Lot 474: Everyonesacritic, 4yo g by Hillstar, winner of his debut PTP for Johnny Berry at Fairyhouse.
Lot 476: Annaghbeg, 5yo g by Conduit. Winner of three PTPs for the Crawfords.
Lot 485: Micro Millions, 5yo g by Milan. Won Rathcannon PTP for Sam Curling.
Lot 639: Music Drive, lightly raced hurdle winner who recently placed second at Grade 2 level.
Lot 643: Jay Jay Zee, a son of Jukebox Jury who won his debut hurdle on his only start.
Lot 682: Great Snow, Grade 2-placed, from blacktype family.
Lot 683: La Pagerie, a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Whisper.
Lot 698: Flying Nun, a three-time winning Robin Des Champs half-sister to Grade 2 winner Angels Breath.
Lot 703: The King Of Ryhope, lightly raced hurdle winner who recently placed third at Grade 2 level.
Lot 722: Tzarmix, 5yo Gemix gelding, won Chepstow novice hurdle last time out.
Lot 724: Grey Diamond, 9yo Gris De Gris gelding, BHA-rated 142 over fences.
Lot 727: Jazz King, 7yo Kapgarde gelding, won Ludlow handicap chase off 110 last time out.
Lot 738: So Des Flos, a half-brother to Vision Des Flos, winner of his maiden hurdle on his most recent start.
Roadlesstravelled, 4yo g by Lauro, winner of his most recent PTP for Donnchadh Doyle at Taylorstown.
Wendigo, 4yo g by Great Pretender, winner of his most recent PTP for Colin Bowe at Taylorstown.
Castle Ivers, 4yo g by Malinas, winner of his debut PTP for Tom Keating at Ballindenisk.
Little Big Kev, 4yo g by Youmzain, placed second to Castle Ivers on his debut PTP for Donnchadh Doyle at Ballindenisk.
Realta Liath, 4yo f by Kingston Hill, winner of her debut PTP for Rob James at Bartlemy.
Chance Another One, 4yo g by Laverock, five-length winner of his debut PTP for Cormac Doyle at Grennan.
Lavida Adiva, 4yo f by Champs Elysees, winner of her debut PTP for Max Comley at Kingston Blount.
Uncle Frankel, 4yo g by Bullet Train, the five-length winner of his debut PTP for Will Biddick at Cothelstone.
Flaubert, 5yo g by Flemensfirth, the 18-length winner of his most recent PTP for Jonathan Fogarty at Stradbally.
Davidoc, 5yo g by Davidoff, the 19-length winner of his most recent PTP for Donnchadh Doyle at Toomebridge.
Sale: Goffs UK Spring HIT/PTP Sale at Doncaster
Date/time: Wednesday and Thursday, May 24th & 25th (10am each day)
Tel: 0044 1302 349166