TATTS IRELAND TAKES TOLWORTH
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.