05 February 2018

TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE) gained his first black-type win in a competitive renewal of the Grade 3 Hero’s Handicap Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday. The six-year-old chestnut travelled well throughout the race, having jumped the last in front he showed serious stamina to stay on and hold off a challenge by Golan Fortune (IRE) to score by a length and a half.

The Patrick Kavanagh-bred son of Beeches Stud stalwart Flemensfirth was sold by Con Hickey from Parkdota Stud to Monbeg Stables for €26,000 at Goffs Land Rover Sale. TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE) is out of a half-sister to the Grade 1 performer Artadoin Lad (IRE) and comes from the family of Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle hero Identity Thief (IRE).

As a four-year-old, TOPOFTHEGAME (IRE) won his sole point-to-point by a wide margin for Donnchadh Doyle. 

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