Milan, Dylan Thomas, Westerner and Yeats star at Cheltenham sale
Coolmore’s National Hunt sires dominated proceedings at Brightwells’ May National Hunt Sale at Cheltenham racecourse on Thursday. Milan’s son Monbeg Notorious (4g Milan-Borleagh Princess, by Presenting) went under the hammer five days after scoring by five lengths for trainer Donnchadh Doyle at Tralee. Bred by M C McDaniel-Stone, he changed hands for £155,000 when selling to trainer Gordon Elliott to the delight of Doyle. “It’s been a heavy schedule, but he ran on lovely soft ground (at Tralee) and he’s a very settled horse,” Doyle told EBN. Meanwhile, Michael Moore paid £120,000 for Dylan Thomas’s son Peter The Mayo Man (5g Dylan Thomas-Mommkin, by Royal Academy). The Sabrina Harty-trained five-year-old, bred by Richard Lewis and Hugh Williams, easily landed a bumper at Fairyhouse on April 22 (pictured). Yeats four-year-old Black Ace (4g Yeats-All Our Blessings, by Statoblest), who finished runner-up in a Bartlemy point-to-point on his only start for trainer Denis Murphy, was sold for £95,000 to Mags O’Toole and Noel Meade. The Westerner four-year-old Western Cape (4g Westerner-Simons Girl, by Grand Plaisir) had also finished second on his only pointing outing and he will join Wiltshire handler Seamus Mullins after making £85,000.