Grade 1 Glory for November NH Sale Graduate Ballyburn

Tattersalls Ireland graduate Ballyburn produced an outstanding performance to run out a 13-length winner of the Grade 1 Gallagher Novices’ Hurdle on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

The son of Flemensfirth was making it back-to-back Grade 1 wins having won the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland 50th Derby Sale Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival last month.

The six-year-old was purchased at the 2018 November National Hunt Sale from The Beeches Stud by Ian Ferguson. It was a fourth successive win in the race for trainer Willie Mullins, while Ronnie Bartlett, who part-owns Ballyburn with David Manasseh, was securing a second win in the race having owned Simonsig in 2012.

Ian Ferguson, who purchased Ballyburn as a foal, commented after the race: “I am absolutely over the moon, I am delighted. All the hype was frightening me coming here, but when you are at that stage with Willie Mullins and that sort of horse it has to be expected.

"He was a gorgeous foal, maybe a bit plain of his head but the rest of him was mighty and the pedigree was good. Wilson Dennison, fair dues to him, he was on the phone to me and he said, 'Ian if he is worth €75,000, then he is worth another €5,000."

Derby Sale graduate Unexpected Party was the second leg of a memorable double for Dan and Harry Skelton in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase. The grey son of Martaline was a €155,000 purchase at the 2018 Derby Sale from Kilminfoyle House Stud by Tom Malone Bloodstock.

Dan Skelton’s first winner was Langer Dan who became the second November National Hunt Sale graduate to taste victory today, and in turn became the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the Coral Cup. 

The eight-year-old was purchased for €12,000 in 2016 from The Premier Consignment by Ballinaroone Stud.