Outstanding Cheltenham Festival for Tattersalls sales graduates

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GOLD CUP: ‘Minella Indo’ won the Grade 1 WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. (FW12-528NN)

THE 2021 Cheltenham Festival has been sensational for Tattersalls Ireland, with seven Grade 1 winners among the overwhelming number of 13 winning graduates. Derby Sale graduates utterly dominated the Festival, with a total of five Grade 1 winners, further strengthening its position of having more Grade 1 winners than any Store Sale.

The final day of the Festival saw November National Hunt graduates taking the spoils, with ‘Minella Indo’ winning the Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup Challenge Chase for Barry Maloney, Henry de Bromhead and Jack Kennedy. ‘Belfast Banter’ timed it well to win the Grade 3 McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle for trainer Peter Fahey.

13 Cheltenham Festival winners for Tattersalls Ireland

NOVEMBER NATIONAL HUNT GRADUATE

‘Minella Indo’ won the Grade 1 WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase – sold to John Nallen for €24,000 by Rathkenty Stud.

DERBY SALE GRADUATE

‘Honeysuckle’ won the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle – sold for €9,500 by Doug Proctor’s Glanville Stud to Mark O’Hare.

DERBY SALE GRADUATE

‘Monkfish’ won the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – sold for €36,000 by Busher Bloodstock to Monbeg Stables. The son of ‘Stowaway’ was previously sold as a foal by breeder Cyril O’ Hara at the November National Hunt Sale for €12,500 to Furziestown Stables. He was also sold at the Tattersalls Cheltenham May Sale to Harold Kirk and Willie Mullins for £235,000.

DERBY SALE GRADUATE

‘Appreciate It’ won the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – sold for €60,000 by Sladoo Farm to Suirview Stables, he was also sold as a foal at the November National Hunt Sale for €18,500 from Charel Park Stud.

DERBY SALE GRADUATE

‘Black Tears’ won the Grade 1 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle – sold for €36,000 by Kilmoney Cottage Stud to Bobby O’ Ryan.

DERBY SALE GRADUATE

‘Shishkin’ won the Grade 1 Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase – sold for €28,000 by Goldford Stud to Boyne Farm. The son of ‘Sholokhov’ was sold prior to this as a foal at the November NH Sale by Rathbarry Stud to Ben Case. He was also sold at the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale by Virginia Considine to Highflyer Bloodstock for £170,000.

AUGUST NH SALE GRADUATE

‘Chantry House’ won the Grade 1 Marsh Novices’ Chase – sold for €26,000 by Mount Brown Farm to Eric A Elliott in 2017, the son of ‘Yeats’ was also sold as a foal by Evergreen Stud at the November National Hunt Sale for €12,500 to John O’Brien. In 2018, he was sold at the Cheltenham December Sale by C.H. Thoroughbreds to Michael Hyde for £295,000.

DERBY SALE GRADUATE

‘Galvin’ won the Grade 2 National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase – sold for €34,000 by Castlefergus Stud on behalf of Gay O’Gara to Ian Ferguson.

MAY STORE SALE GRADUATE

‘Telmesomethinggirl’ won the Grade 2 Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – sold for €39,000 by Weirside Farm to Rob James in 2018, she was sold prior to this as a foal at the November National Hunt Sale by Coolamurry Stud. She was also sold at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival Sale by Milestone Stables (Colin Bowe) to Rathmore Stud for £150,000.

SEPTEMBER YEARLING SALE GRADUATE

‘Jeff Kidder’ won the Grade 3 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – sold for €24,000 at the September Yearling Sale by Ballinavana House Stud to Peter Nolan Bloodstock.

NOVEMBER NATIONAL HUNT GRADUATE

‘Belfast Banter’ won the Grade 3 McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle – sold for €10,000 by Old Town Stud to Timmy Hillman. The son of ‘Jeremy’ was also sold at the 2019 Cheltenham April Sale by Kingsfield Stud (Patrick Turley) to Direct Bloodstock for £30,000

DERBY SALE GRADUATE

‘Sky Pirate’ won the Grade 3 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Cup Handicap Chase – sold for €34,000 by Oak Tree Farm to Tom Lacey in 2016. The son of ‘Midnight Legend’ was sold prior to this as a foal at the November National Hunt Sale by Goldford Stud. He was also sold at the 2017 Tattersalls Cheltenham Festival Sale by Cottagefield Stables (Tom Lacey) to Jonjo O’Neill Racing for £150,000.

DERBY SALE GRADUATE

‘Mount Ida’ won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase – sold by Mount Eaton Stud to J Gillespie for €16,000 in 2017. The daughter of ‘Yeats’ was also sold at the 2018 Cheltenham December Sale by Shanrod Stables (Jerry Cosgrave) for £70,000 to Aidan O’Ryan/ Gordon Elliott.

There were also utstanding results on the track for Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales graduates, with a total of nine winners during the meeting.

‘Sir Gerhard’, winner of Grade 1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper – sold to Gordon Elliott Racing for £400,000 by Coolmeen Stables (Miss Ellmarie Holden) at the 2019 Cheltenham December Sale.

‘Tiger Roll’, winner of Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – sold to Mags O’Toole for £80,000 by Nigel Hawke at the 2013 Cheltenham December Sale.

The next sale to source your future Festival winners will be at the Cheltenham March Sale on March 31 at Park Paddocks, Newmarket.

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