Grade 1 double for the Derby Sale confirms Leading Store Sale title at the Aintree Festival

Jonbon wins the Grade 1 Betway Top Novices' Hurdle
Jonbon wins the Grade 1 Betway Top Novices' Hurdle

The Aintree Grand National Festival provided thrilling action with Tattersalls Ireland graduates producing stellar performances to lead the way as the only Irish Store sales to produce winners at the Aintree Festival this year. Tattersalls NH tallied twice the number of winners than any other Auction House with eight victories across the three days.

The Derby Sale confirmed its Leading Store Sale title at the Aintree Festival with dual Grade 1 success following on from dominating the Championship races at Cheltenham.

The May Store Sale celebrated two Graded winners and the August NH Sale graduate Noble Yeats landed the Randox Grand National.

Jonbon battled home to win the Grade 1 Betway Top Novices' Hurdle on Friday under Aidan Coleman for Nicky Henderson and JP McManus.

The six-year-old by Walk In The Park was sold for €140,000 by Church View Stables to Paul Holden & Michael Shefflin at the Derby Sale in 2019.

Three Stripe Life powered to victory in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices' Hurdle under Davy Russell. Gordon Elliott's charge had finished second at the highest level on his three previous runs but toughed in out to claim his Grade 1 victory.

Three Stripe Life was sold for €40,000 by Rahinston Stud to Mags O’Toole at the Derby Sale in 2019. It was Rahinston Stud's second Graded winner of the day at Aintree.

It was a 1-2 for Tattersalls NH graduates in the Grade 1 Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle. Knight Salute came out on top in a photo finish and provided jockey Paddy Brennan with his first Grade 1 in five years.

The four-year-old trained by Milton Harris was sold for 14,000 gns at the Tattersalls July Sale to Mark Adams.

Noble Yeats gave Sam Waley-Cohen a fairytale ending to his career when winning the Randox Grand National for his father Robert Waley-Cohen and trainer Emmet Mullins. The 39-year-old amateur announced his intention to retire on Thursday, nominating young Irish trainer Emmet Mullins' charge as his farewell ride in the world's most famous steeplechase. It is the first time a seven-year-old horse has won the race since 1940.

Noble Yeats was sold for €6,500 by Glen Stables to Donal Hassett at the August NH Sale in 2018. He was also sold at the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale for £75,000 to Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Lookaway retained his unbeaten record to land the Grade 2 Standard Open NH Flat Race for trainer Neil King and owner Peter Beadles. Marie Harding's Glen Stables produced both Noble Yeats and Lookaway before they sold as three-year-olds.

The five-year-old by Ask was sold for €6,200 by Glen Stables to Doyle/Keating at the May Store Sale in 2020.

Party Business landed the Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle under Charlie Todd for Ian Williams and Eventmasters Racing.

He was sold for €40,000 by LKF Bloodstock from Rahinston Stud to Kevin Ross Bloodstock at the May Store Sale in 2019. He was also sold at the November NH Sale by Raheen Stud.

Langer Dan provided brothers Dan & Harry Skelton a Grade 3 winner in the opener on Friday. The six-year-old ran on well to secure his victory for owner Colm Donlon.

The son of Ocovango was sold for €12,000 by The Premier Consignment to Ballinaroon Stud at the November NH Sale in 2016.

The Last Day stayed on well to win the Grade 3 Red Rum Handicap Chase for Evan Williams and Mr & Mrs William Rucker.

The Last Day was sold for €8,500 by Evergreen Stud to Jim Culloty at the November NH Sale in 2012.