Three-Quarter Sister To Dawn Approach Anchors Tattersalls Online May Catalogue

Boherguy Stud's Hymn Book Too (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) (lot 35), a three-quarter sister to G1 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), is one of 38 horses signed on for the Tattersalls Online May Sale from May 10-11. The catalogue features 33 horses in/out of training from both codes, four broodmares--three with filly foals at foot--and a point-to-point entry. In foal to Space Blues (Ire), the maiden mare is also a three-parts sibling to Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed Herald The Dawn (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), and...

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Eight Pointers Added to Goffs UK Aintree Sale

Eight point-to-pointers have been added to the 2023 Goffs UK Aintree catalogue, bringing the total lots to go under the hammer at Aintree on Apr. 13 to 23. Among the additional entries are lot 5, Lady Jago (Ire) (Getaway {Ger}) a winner of her debut for Terence O'Brien at Rathcannon; lot 14, the 5-year-old gelding Caher Roes Den (Ire) (Soldier Of Fortune {Ire}), the winner of his most recent PTP for Colin Bowe at Castletown-Geoghegan; and lot 21, last out point-to-point winner Rokathir (Fr) (Muhtathir {GB}), who will also be...

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National Hunt Sales Catalogues to Reference Point to Point Wins

There has been a change to the treatment of point-to-point performances in sale company catalogues, the International Cataloguing Standards Committee (ICSC) European sub-committee announced on Friday. Currently, winning British and Irish point-to-point performers are classified as runners, but not as winners in either the subject horse detail or the dam summary line. For all National Hunt sales from April 2023 onwards, if the progeny of a dam has won a point-to-point in Great Britain or Ireland but the same animal has not won under rules the point-to-point only, winner(s) will...

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Sean Doyle: 'You're Better Off Thinking Of The Rewards Rather Than The Risks'

Sean Doyle pulls Monbeg Park (Ire) (Walk In The Park {Ire}) out of his stable and says proudly, "That's the type of horse the likes of Willie Mullins and Eddie O'Leary want to buy."  It begs the question, why is Monbeg Park lining out for Doyle and not any of the powerhouse stables in Sunday's G1 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle? After all, Doyle has earned a reputation for selling future stars rather than racing them and can count a Cheltenham Festival-winning graduate to his roll of honour almost every...

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Comea Runners Top Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale

Willmount (GB) (Blue Bresil {Fr}) (lot 8) and Shannon Royale (Ire) (Walk In The Park {Ire}) (lot 12) finished one-two in a 4-year-old maiden point-to-point at Comea in Ireland on Feb. 13, and that is also the order they finished in at the top of the leaderboard at the Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale on Thursday. Willmount was sold to British-based trainer Neil Mulholland, who saw off the likes of Harold Kirk, Gerry Hogan and Eddie O'Leary to secure him for £340,000, while Shannon Royale was bought by Mags O'Toole to...

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Irish Prizemoney To Increase In 2022

Prizemoney in Ireland will reach €64.8-million in 2022, an increase from 2021 and second only to 2019 levels. That prizemoney will be paid out over 390 fixtures. Horse Racing Ireland's 2022 budget also includes an increase in funding for the IRE Incentive Scheme, which will pay out €1.3-million in vouchers for Irish-bred horses at Irish sales; the scheme was worth €1.1-million this year. HRI will also increase funding for the point-to-point sector to a record €2.5-million. HRI will increase funds directed to industry education and training to €13.4-million, and approved...

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Pointers Lead Goffs UK Autumn Sale

Point-to-pointers proved popular during the one-day Goffs UK Autumn Sale on Thursday, with trade topped by Music Drive (Fr) (Muhtathir {GB}) (lot 129). Offered by Colin Bowe's Milestone Stables, the 4-year-old Music Drive won a point-to-point at Monksgrange on Sept. 26, and was picked up by Aidan O'Ryan and Gordon Elliott for £90,000. At the close of trade, 113 horses sold (66%) from 170 offered for an aggregate of £1,014,800 that was up 29% on last year. The average jumped 83% to £8,981, while the median climbed 67% to £5,000....

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NH Sale Catalogues To Recognize Point-To-Point Wins

Starting in January, British and Irish point-to-point winning performances will be designated as wins in sales designated as a National Hunt sale. Currently, British and Irish point-to-pointers are classified as runners, but not as winners in the horse subject detail or dam summary line. As part of this change, sales will now be designated as either flat or National Hunt. Flat sales will continue to not treat point-to-point victories as wins. In a joint statement, Simon Kerins of Tattersalls Ireland and Nick Nugent of Goffs said, "This rule change gives...

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Global Views: Amateur Racing Is a Valuable Resource

In Global Views, Godolphin Flying Start trainees provide insight into practices experienced and observations taken on their worldwide travels. Second-year trainee Oz Wedmore examines the positive effects of amateur racing acting as a training ground for future professional jockeys. Twitter spats are usually best avoided, being among the least productive ways to spend time on the internet. But what did Oscar Wilde say about temptation? Recently I relented and miraculously it proved worthwhile in providing an excuse to highlight the importance of the grassroots of racing. When someone popped up...

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Call Her Now on Top at Tattersalls Cheltenham

Five lots made six figures at the Tattersalls Cheltenham May Sale, with the top price of £240,000 paid for Call Her Now (Ire) (Presenting {GB}) by Rahinston Stud. Sold as lot 8, the 4-year-old filly was a debut winner of a mares maiden point-to-point in her only start to date. The Monbeg Stables-consigned bay is out of a half-sister to MG1SW hurdler Denman (Ire) (Presenting {GB}). Highflyer Bloodstock snapped up the geldings City Chief (Ire) (Soldier of Fortune {Ire}) (lot 45)-from Ballyboy Stables and a winner in one start--and Closcedi...

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Tattersalls Ireland Reschedules May Store Sale

The Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 14. Tattersalls Ireland has taken this step due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and prevailing travel restrictions. The Tattersalls Ireland Select July Store Sale is slated for Thursday, July 15, and the remaining stores will be put under the hammer at the Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale on Aug. 10-11. At this time, inspections for the various store sales are almost complete, and the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale remains as scheduled on June 23-24. "Naturally...

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