Another 1 – 2 – 3 in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle for Tattersalls Ireland
The final day of the Cheltenham Festival 2023 saw a phenomenal 1 – 2 – 3 in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle for Tattersalls Ireland graduates for the second year in a row.
The Derby Sale celebrated more Grade 1 success when Stay Away Fay powered to victory in the Albert Bartlett ahead of May Store Sale and November National Hunt Sale gradutes Affordale Fury (2nd) and Sandor Clegane (3rd). Stay Away Fay provided Paul Nicholls with his second winner at the festival, and he is the first British trainer to land this race since 2018.
The six-year-old son of Shantou was sold at the Derby Sale, as part of the 2020 supplementary catalogue that was offered at a UK sale due to the Covid-19 disruption. He was sold for £39,000 by Oaks Farm Stables to Hamish Macauley, Ballycrystal Stables and Mikey Doyle as a store before selling for £305,000 at the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale. And also sold at the November National Hunt Sale by Hillview Stud for €31,000.
Derby Sale graduate Impervious cleared the last and stormed up the Cheltenham hill to win the Grade 2 Mares' Chase for owner JP McManus. Trainer Colm Murphy made a welcome return to the Winners' Enclosure with the seven-year-old who maintains her unbeaten record over fences.
Impervious was sold at the 2019 Derby Sale by Peel Bloodstock to Colm Murphy for €26,000. He was also sold at the November National Hunt Sale by Creedons Lodge to Peel Bloodstock for €4,000.