Cheltenham Festival Aspirants To Sell On Goffs Online

Minella Crooner

Goffs will offer Minella Crooner (Shantou) and Music Drive (Muhtathir) for sale this week through Goffs Online. The Gordon Elliott-trained pair have the 2023 Cheltenham Festival firmly in their sights, while Minella Crooner will be sold with an entry at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.

Bidding will open at 11am and close at 1pm on Thursday, Dec. 22 and prospective purchasers are asked to register here no later than 12 noon on Wednesday. A 5% agents commission will be paid to the successful purchaser provided they are a registered bloodstock agent and/or licensed trainer. Pedigrees, race footage and conformation videos will be available to view online from Tuesday afternoon.

Minella Crooner was a head second on his chasing debut in the Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown in November and followed up with a win in a Fairyhouse Beginners Chase on 3rd December. Four-time winner Minella Crooner will be offered for sale with a Grade 1 entry as he is set to run in the three-mile Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival on Dec. 29. Horse Racing Ireland will facilitate the transfer of ownership in time for him to run in his new owner's colours provided they are currently a registered owner.

Music Drive was a Bumper winner in February, won first time out over hurdles in October at Galway and has been placed at Cheltenham on his two starts since, most recently finishing second to Hermes Allen in the Grade 2 Ballymore Novices Hurdle.

Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby commented:

“Our focus with Goffs Online is on providing vendors with a proven platform for horses of quality to sell at a time that suits them.  We limit it to one-off elite sales and, as seen with numerous Goffs Online Sales in 2022, it works extremely well for both sellers and buyers.  Minella Crooner and Music Drive are both extremely exciting prospects as we head into the thick of the National Hunt season, and we are grateful to owner David Barnard for entrusting us with their sale.”

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