We are reporting to you live from the Goffs UK Doncaster Spring Store Sale where Paul, Scu and I have spent the day scouring the sales grounds inspecting more than 100 stores with the aim of purchasing some of the best young talent on offer.
We covered a lot of ground and were delighted to pick up two exciting three-year-olds, both by Malinas, and therefore sharing their sire with our recent Scottish Grand National winner Mighty Thunder.
They are for sale and will be making their way up to Scotland later this week so please arrange a time to come and see them.
Our first purchase was by Malinas and out of the unraced mare Emma Ami. He stands 16.2 hands and is a loose moving athletic type. Reminding us of Mighty Thunder he has the same stride and sweet nature. He was produced by Peter Nolan who does a super job of handling his youngsters and this gelding is trusting, but full of energy. He is related to some top class chasers and hurdlers in France and should win over both codes in the future. He was bought for £24,000 and is for sale. See his pedigree HERE
Later in the day we bought another Malinas, this time a chasing type who is very light on his feet from Weir View Stud. Out of the Presenting point to point mare Gift Wrapped he has staying chaser written all over him and is a big strong well developed type for a three year old. He is from the family to top class staying hurdler and chaser Boss Doyle and, a £34,000 purchase at the sales is now looking for an owner. See his pedigree and a photo and video of him HERE He is pictured above.
On the track, the consistent Ballyare ran another solid race to finish fourth in the 5f handicap at Carlisle this afternoon, staying on gamely up the hill to beaten just over a length. A hardy type, we may step him up to 6f next time.
From a 5f sprint at Carlisle, we move on to staying chasers at Hexham tomorrow evening, with Emissaire returning to fences in the 3m novice handicap chase. Jumping issues have held him back over fences thus far, but we hope the longer trip will help him get into a better rhythm and his second at Kelso two starts ago shows he is on a competitive mark.
We have two further runners at Hexham in the shape of Rapid Raider, who makes his chasing debut in the 2m4f novice handicap chase, and Charmix, who moves in the opposite direction, reverting to hurdles looking to restore some jumping confidence. As a former Irish point winner, we are hoping the switch to fences will prove the catalyst for improvement in Rapid Raider, whilst for Charmix, we head back over the smaller obstacles looking to build on the more promising signs of his sixth-placed finish over fences last time.