£115,000 Ask pointer shines at Cheltenham sale

Ask's first-crop son Orchard Thieves (4g Ask-Ballycleary, by Phardante) went in many notebooks after his promising pointing debut last month and the four-year-old was not surprisingly in demand at Tattersalls Ireland’s post-racing sale at Cheltenham on Thursday.

Offered from Donnchadh Doyle’s stable on the back of a debut second place at Durrow on February 20, he will now join David Pipe’s Somerset stable after changing hands for £115,000.

P2p.ie had been taken by Orchard Thieves’ debut run, commenting that: “The son of Ask jumped well on debut, and appears to be a very sharp type and will be a big player in a bumper on the evidence of what he displayed here.”

Orchard Thieves was bred by Gregg Stafford.

Meanwhile, Three Swallowsnick (5m Westerner-Sitges, by Bob Back) - who scored at the same Durrow point-to-point - was another popular at the sale when selling for £110,000 to Harold Kirk to join Willie Mullins. The daughter of Westerner was bred by Godfrey Moylan.