News: 28 November 2011
Better Buy Boardsmill
Boardsmill Sales Graduates are enjoying a purple patch on both
sides of the Irish Sea at the moment. Not surprisingly, most of
these graduates are by Boardsmill Sires and the recent run of success
kicked off in October with the successes of Champion Court
over fences and Court In Session over hurdles (twice).
Champion Court was offered by Boardsmill for sale as a foal at
Tatts November Sale but was retained and sold privately afterwards.
Just a few months later at the Tatts Feb Sale 06, Court In
Session was offered by Boardsmill on behalf of his breeder His Highness
Niall Kelly of Bagenalstown Estate! He was purchased by Glenview
House Stud for €9,500.
November 9th: Boardsmills success
continued into November with the impressive debut bumper winner
Jigsaw Puzzle, who romped home at Bangor by 7 lengths showing
a serious turn of foot in the final furlong. Trained by Warren Greatrex.
this son of Presenting was offered for sale at the Derby Sale in
2009 and was purchased by Mark Pitman on behalf of Malcolm Denmark
November 19th at Kirkistown Point
to Point, Joseph Mercer was the runaway winner of the 4yo
Maiden. This son of Court Cave was offered for sale by Boardsmill
at Tatts Feb Sale in 2008 but was led out unsold at €3,500.
Breeder Alastair Thompson, who still owns the gelding in partnership
with a friend, had his patience rewarded last week as his gelding
was the most impressive winner of the day in the fastest time and
impressed a lot of astute judges on the day with his round of jumping
and the manner in which he quickened at the finish.
November 21st: The Boardsmill bandwagon
rolled on into Ludlow on Monday 21st, as Boardsmill bred Court
Minstrel was another winner from Court Caves 3rd crop.
The 4yo was the comfortable winner of the bumper on just his 2nd
start. He was purchased from Boardsmill by Evan Williams at last
years Goffs Land Rover Sale for €20,000 and is the last
foal our of the winning Orchestra mare, Theatral, who was also bred
November 21st: A double on the day
was earlier initiated at Ffos Las where Top of The Range landed
a 2m4f Maiden Hurdle on his hurdling debut to compliment his course
bumper success in April. Trained by Nicky Henderson for Ffos Las
supremo Dai Walters, Top Of The Range was sold by Boardsmill
as a foal at Tattersalls Ireland on behalf of his breeder Kevin
Foley. He looks a very smart prospect and is bred on the same Presenting/Good
Thyne cross as Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition. Heres hoping!
His dam Brennys Pearl has a 2yo Kalanisi gelding which realized
€22,000 as a foal and Kevin has retained a yearling filly by
November 23rd: Last but not least,
Hold Court completed the recent run of success at Fontwell
on his racecourse debut. He is another 4yo son of Court Cave and
like Court Minstrel is trained by Evan Williams. He was the facile
winner of the Bumper run over 1m6f. Hold Court was sold as a weanling
at Tatts Feb Sale in 2008 and was purchased by Susan Traynor for
€6,500. He was the last foal bred by the late Jim Ruane from
Belper in Tara Co. Meath, who passed away in 2007. Jim only ever
kept a couple of mares at one time but he bred some very good horses
including black type winners Now Your Talkin (trained by David Nicholson),
Beakstown (trained by Paddy Mullins) and Hold Courts half
brother Amalfitano, to name just a few. Jims daughter Michaela
has retained a full sister to Hold Court, named Mixie the Pixie,
who will hopefully fly the flag for the family in years to come.
Lets hope the Boardsmill graduates recent winning run will
continue throughout the coming National Hunt Season!
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