Apr 14, 2018

Derby Sale Domination & Grand National Glory for Tattersalls Ireland

Derby Sale
It was a day to remember at Aintree today for Tattersalls Ireland; a hat-trick of Derby Sale winners and enhanced by Grand National Glory for the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sale. 

Success came from Derby Sale graduates Black Op in the Grade 1 Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle, Identity Thief in the Grade 1 Ryanair Stayers Hurdle and Thomas Patrick in the Grade 3 Betway Handicap Chase. 

In the most thrilling finish witnessed in years, the world's most famous race, the Grade 3 Randox Health Grand National finished in a head-to-head battle with Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sale graduate Tiger Roll and Derby Sale graduate Pleasant Company. Gordon Elliott's three-time Cheltenham Festival winner got his nose in front by the narrowest of margins and victory went to the Elliott team with Davy Russell in the saddle in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud. 

Grade 3 Random Health Grand National Handicap Chase
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
Jockey: Davy Russell
Sold: Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sale 
Vendor: Thorne Farm Racing 
Price: £80,000
Purchaser: Mags O'Toole

Black Op
Grade 1 Mersey Novices' Hurdle
Trainer: Tom George
Owner: RS Brookhouse
Jockey: Noel Fehily
Offered: Derby Sale 
Vendor: Lacken Stud
Price: €7,000
Identity Thief
Grade 1 Ryanair Stayers Hurdle 
Trainer: Henry de Bromhead
Owner: Gigginstown House Stud 
Jockey: Sean Flanagan
Sold: Derby Sale 
Vendor: Hardwood Stud
Price: €40,000
Purchaser: Gordon Elliott

Also purchased at the November NH Sale by Ian Ferguson for €15,000 from Quill Farm 
Thomas Patrick
Grade 3 Handicap Chase
Trainer: Tom Lacey
Owner: David Kellett
Jockey: Richard Johnson
Sold: Derby Sale
Vendor: Hillcrest Stables
Price: €30,000
Purchaser: Highflyer Bloodstock