We have been busy at the sales this week, with the camper van making trips to both Doncaster and Yorton Farm in Wales in the search for new talent.
First stop was Doncaster on Wednesday for the Goffs UK September Horses In Training Sale. Accompanied by three members of the Tay Valley Chasers, Jim, Ann and Yvonne, we were delighted to purchase the five-year-old Return Fire for the popular syndicate. Placed over hurdles on his most recent start in Ireland, he looks a cracking long-term prospect and will hopefully give Tay Valley plenty of fun in the years to come.
Return Fire was in fact our second purchase of the day, as Scu and I were really taken by Lot 83, Stylish Moment. Another recruit from Ireland, this eight-year-old gelding is a tough and genuine individual who should be ready to run this autumn. Bought on spec this two-time chase winner joins us on a competitive handicap mark and has a number of options open to him being a maiden over hurdles. He has been sold to existing owners in the yard and we look forward to him being lucky for them.
Turning our attention from horses in training to stores, we travelled down to the picturesque Yorton Farm for their sale on Thursday, a venue we were keen to return to after successfully buying a couple of smart youngsters last year. Having narrowed our shortlist down to three we were thrilled to come away with a two-year-old son of the exciting young French stallion Clovis du Berlais. Bought for Mark and Susie Russell, as was the case with our purchases 12 months ago, this gelding is from a family replete with black-type performers and has the scope and pedigree to make a lovely staying chaser in time.