20 November 2017

Sunday’s meeting at Cheltenham produced a trio of graded winners for Irish-influenced stock via our store sales, headed by NORTH HILL HARVEY, successful in the Grade 2 Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase.

Dan Skelton’s six-year-old won as he pleased against just two rivals, but the performance was also good on the clock and he looks one of the early aspirants for the Arkle Chase in March at the same course and distance.    

He was sold for €44,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale in 2014 and to date has banked the equivalent of €123,000 in stakes with the promise of much more to come.

Irish point-to-point graduate SLATE HOUSE (IRE) was another to collect a Grade 2 contest as he won for the third time in a row in the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle.  

He first went through the ring at Tattersalls Ireland’s Derby Sale in 2015, making €44,000 when Ian Ferguson was the purchaser. He won his second start between the flags at Louth Hunt and is now prepared by Colin Tizzard. Last week his foal half-brother by Walk In The Park (IRE) realised €25,000 at the November NH sale at Tattersalls Ireland. SLATE HOUSE (IRE) is a son of the late champion sire Presenting.  

Yet another Irish store purchase to make its mark early is CROOKS PEAK who is 2-2 after winning the Listed bumper to conclude the three-day meeting at Prestbury Park. The Philip Hobbs-trained four-year-old is by Arctic Tack Stud’s Arcadio and he changed hands for €16,000 at the Derby Sale at Fairyhouse last year.  


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