TATTERSALLS Ireland Derby Sale graduates dominated the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, winning all four Grade 1 races.
It was a superb start to the Cheltenham Festival with Derby Sale graduate ‘Appreciate It’ securing victory in the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Trained by Willie Mullins, the seven-year-old defeated his rivals by an impressive 24 lengths.
‘Shishkin’ produced an imperious performance when taking the Grade 1 Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.
The son of ‘Sholokhov’, unbeaten over fences, travelled superbly well for Nico de Boinville and trainer Nicky Henderson behind the leaders before setting sail for home at the second last to go on and score by 12 lengths at the line.
Rachael Blackmore created history last Tuesday, when becoming the first female jockey to win the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on ‘Honeysuckle’. Derby Sale graduate ‘Honeysuckle’ maintained her unbeaten record with a massive performance for trainer Henry De Bromhead and owner Kenneth Alexander.
‘Black Tears’ battled hard to land the Grade 1 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle for Denise Foster, Jack Kennedy and owners Caren Walsh and John Lightfoot.
‘Jeff Kidder’ pulled clear under Sean Flanagan to win the Grade 3 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle for trainer Noel Meade.
‘Galvin’ made sure the first day of Cheltenham finished on a high for the Derby Sale, when winning the Grade 2 National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase.
Wednesday was another spectacular day for Derby Sale graduates, when the Willie Mullins trained ‘Monkfish’ claimed victory in the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase under Paul Townend, crossing the line by six and a half lengths from his rivals, maintaining his unbeaten record over fences.
‘Sky Pirate’ put up a courageous performance to win the Grade 3 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Cup Handicap Chase.
The remarkable ‘Tiger Roll’, a festival legend in his own right, ran out an incredible winner of the Cross Country Chase providing connections with an emotional victory. Back at his favourite track, he travelled with real zest under regular pilot Keith Donoghue and put his rivals to the sword going out onto the second circuit and galloped his rivals into the ground. Eased down at the line to win by 18 lengths, this was his fifth Festival victory.
Ultra progressive this season, ‘Sky Pirate’ produced a career best performance in the hands of Nick Schofield, when winning the Grade 3 Grand Annual Challenge Cup. Well positioned throughout, he jumped to the front at the last and held on in tenacious style to win by a short head at the line.
The concluding race of the day went the way of the Willie Mullins trained, Cheveley Park owned ‘Sir Gerhard’ who made virtually all the running to win the Grade 1 Champion Bumper. The son of ‘Jeremy’ was purchased at the 2019 Cheltenham December Sale after winning his point to point in fine style for Elmarie Holden.
Grade 1 success continued for Tattersalls Ireland on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival when ‘Chantry House’ held on bravely to win the Grade 1 Marsh Novices’ Chase by three-lengths for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner JP McManus. Third in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last year the son of ‘Yeats’ jumped well in the hands of Nico de Boinville and kept on strongly up the hill to see of his stablemate.
‘Telmesomethinggirl’ picked her way through a competitive field and finished strongly to claim victory in the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle for on form duo Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead. She was produced to hit the front before the last and cleared away from her rivals on the run in to win going away.
‘Mount Ida’ capped an amazing day for her sire ‘Yeats’ when producing a remarkable display to win the concluding Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase for Denise Foster under Jack Kennedy. Under a brilliant ride, she grabbed hold of the bridle on the second circuit and strode clear after the last to provide connections with an astonishing victory.
‘Belfast Banter’ capped an amazing week for Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales graduates, making it nine winners at the meeting when taking the County Hurdle on the final day of the Festival.
Running off bottom weight, he crept into contention under Kevin Sexton and was produced to lead at the last and cleared away up the hill to win in good style for Peter Fahey and owners Direct Bloodstock Limited.
This victory provided his sire ‘Jeremy’ with his fourth winner of the week and provided his jockey and trainer with their first Cheltenham Fesitval success.
The next sale to source your future Festival winners will be the Cheltenham March Sale on March 31 at Park Paddocks, Newmarket.