Walk In The Park

Exciting Walk In The Park Gelding Brings £160,000 At Cheltenham

Impressive debut winner No Drama This End (4g Walk In The Park – La Segnora) will join the Paul Nicholls stable after selling for £160,000 at the Tattersalls Cheltenham Festival Sale.

Tom Malone landed the winning bid for the son of Walk In The Park, who handler Will Biddick partnered to a 23 length victory at Dorset last month. “I’m dead chuffed,” Biddick said after the sale. “He did everything right in the prep and he won on soft ground in February. Any four-year-old that can do that is all right. He galloped right to the line and now he’s gone to the champion trainer. The page is there, he’s got the size and scope and he’s shown he can gallop. Paul was interested in buying the horse after his win, but for the sake of my business I had to put him through the ring.”

Biddick may have been cursing another son of Walk In The Park earlier that day, as he rode Git Maker to finish second to Inothewayurthinkin (6g Walk In The Park – Sway, by Califet) in the Kim Muir Cup.

Gavin Cromwell’s raider was sent off favourite on his first start over three miles and two furlongs, and his stamina was proven as he eased into the lead with two to jump. Pushed along after the final fence, he soon drew clear under Derek O’Connor to score by eight lengths.

Owned by JP McManus and bred by Mrs Noreen McManus, Inothewayurthinkin finished third in a Grade 1 novice chase over the Christmas period. The son of Walk In The Park is a full-brother to Listed winning stablemate Limerick Lace, herself a leading contender for the Grade 2 mares’ chase on the final day of the Festival.