Winning Getaway Gelding Tops The Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale

Old Tom Morris in the ring on Saturday | Tattersalls Cheltenham

Old Tom Morris (Ire) (Getaway {Ger}) (lot 5), offered by Rob James Racing, was snapped up by Hamish Macauley Bloodstock for a sale-topping £150,000 at Saturday's Tattersalls Cheltenham January Sale.

A winner of his only point-to-point at Turtulla earlier this month, the 5-year-old gelding is out of the winning hurdler Caheronaun (Ire) (Milan {GB}), who was twice graded placed. He was earlier sold for €75,000 during the 2022 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.

Another six-figure lot was Admiral Stewart (Ire) (Soldier Of Fortune {Ire}) (lot 8), who went to agent Tom Malone and trainer Jamie Snowden for £130,000. Offered by Milestone Stables, the son of Ivy Queen (Ire) (Green Desert) is a half-brother to G3 Kilkenny H. Hurdle winner The Crafty Butcher (Ire) (Vinnie Roe {Ire}). A €78,000 store, he won at second asking at Tinahely on Jan. 7.

Rounding out the top three was lot 15, Melbourne Shamrock (Ire) (Hillstar {GB}), who hammered for £125,000 to Emmet Mullins from Ballycrystal Stables. Also a winner of a point-to-point–in his case at Ballycrystal–from two starts, the gelding is a half-brother to Barnaviddaun (Ire) (Scorpion {Ire}), who won the G2 Brown Lad H. Hurdle at Naas.

Overall, 16 lots sold of the 22 offered for a gross of £876,000. The average was £54,750 and the median was £67,500. Of the 16 sold, four made £100,000 or more.

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