Better Days Ahead (Milan) Lands The 4YO Maiden At Lisronagh

Elliott Goes To £350,000 For Exciting Son Of Milan

Warren Ewing made no secret of the high regard he held Better Days Ahead (4g Milan - Bonnie And Bright) in and bidders took note at the Tattersalls Cheltenham Festival Sale, where the son of Milan was knocked down to Gordon Elliott for £350,000.

After revealing his pricey purchase was made on behalf of Bective Stud, Elliott said, “He won his point very well and looked a nice horse.”

Ahead of the sale, Ewing compared the impressive debut winner to his Grade 1 winning graduate Constitution Hill, and reiterated his hopes the four-year-old on Thursday evening. “He's really a super horse,” he said. “He has a lovely head on him, and he's going to a great trainer.”

The promising son of Milan was bred by TJ Nagle out of a half-sister to Grade 3 winner The Bishop Looney (Milan).

Grange Stud sire Milan always enjoyed a successful day on the track, with Stand Off (7g Milan - Stand In Line, by Flemensfirth) making it two from three over fences at Down Royal.

Philip Fenton’s dual hurdle winner made a winning chase debut earlier in the season and stepped up to two and a half miles in the Rated Novice Chase. Producing a challenge after the second last, he was ridden to lead from the final fence and went clear close home under Luke Dempsey.

Owned and bred by John Power, Stand Off is out of a half-sister to Grade 2 scorer Falcon Crest (Milan).