08 January 2018

SUMMERVILLE BOY (IRE) joined a list of honour that includes Yorkhill (IRE) and Finian’s Oscar (IRE) when taking Saturday’s Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown. Ridden by Noel Fehily, the Tom George trained six-year-old was held up in a field of five and began to progress approaching two from home, improving to lead after that hurdle and despite a mistake at the last, stayed on strongly to win by four lengths. Kalashnikov (IRE) made it a 1-2 for Irish breeders and stallions, as well as for Tattersalls Ireland.

Remarkably, it was a first win over hurdles for SUMMERVILLE BOY (IRE), though he finished second in the Grade 2 Supreme Trial for current connections in November. He had won a bumper at Killarney in May for Sam Curling and then-owner Richard Downes, who bought him for €4,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale. Bred by Paul Rothwell, he is out of a half-sister to the dam of Grade 1 winner Annacotty (IRE), from the family of Grade 2 Doncaster Mares’ Hurdle winner Alasi.

SUMMERVILLE BOY (IRE) becomes the highest-rated progeny of Hardwicke Stakes winner Sandmason, who commands a fee of €1,000 at Lacken Stud.

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