Derby Sale graduate Energumene defends his Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase crown
Nothing was a match today for Derby Sale graduate Energumene when he cantered home in the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase under Paul Townend for Willie Mullins and owner Tony Bloom. Claiming his fifth Grade 1 success, it was back-to-back victories for Energumene as he joins a small number of greats who have won the race twice.
Energumene was sold at the 2017 Derby Sale by Moanmore Stables to Tom Lacey for €50,000.
It was third time lucky for Langer Dan at the Cheltenham Festival when triumphant in the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle for owner Colm Donlon and trainer Dan Skelton. The seven-year-old son by Ocovango was given a patient and beautiful ride under Harry Skelton and produced a thrilling finish to win by a neck.
Langer Dan was sold at the 2016 November National Hunt Sale by Hugh O’ Connor to Ballinaroone Stud for €12,000.