A successful week for Tattersalls Ireland at Aintree was capped on Saturday by Derby Sale graduate RULE THE WORLD winning the feature event of the festival, the Crabbie’s Grand National. Mouse Morris, who less than two weeks ago trained fellow Derby Sale graduate ROGUE ANGEL to win the Irish National, was overwhelmed by the victory, with both horses victorious in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud.
RULE THE WORLD, a son of Sulamani, was sold at the 2010 Derby Sale by Goldford Stud for €90,000 to his trainer Mr M Morris.
Mersey win for YORKHILL
Unbeaten YORKHILL followed up on his Cheltenham success in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle by winning the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle. A two and a quarter length win gave jockey Paul Townend reason to be bullish about his mount commenting “He has some engine. When he felt the others come to him he pulled out more. He’s some horse.”
Trained by Willie Mullins in the colours of Andrea and Graham Wylie, YORKHILL, by Presenting, was sold as a foal at the 2010 November National Hunt Sale by Parkview Farm for €41,000 to Ian Ferguson.
Third Grade 1 for THISTLECRACK
A front running performance and pace to boost this, secured the Grade 1 Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle in impressive style for August National Hunt Sale graduate THISTLECRACK. Colin Tizzard, who this week enjoyed more Grade 1 success with Tattersalls Ireland graduates CUE CARD (Derby Sale) and NATIVE RIVER (November National Hunt Sale), will now aim for Punchestown with his undisputed champion of the staying hurdle division.
THISTLECRACK is twice a graduate of Tattersalls Ireland. He was firstly sold as a foal by his breeders RF and SD Knipes’ Cobhall Court Stud at the November National Hunt Sale and sold to John McDonald for €32,000. He missed his opportunity at the 2011 Derby Sale but made the 2011 August National Hunt Sale and was sold to his now owner John Snook for €43,000 by Derrymore House.
The Derby Sale takes place on June 22 and 23 with Part II of the sale on June 24. RULE THE WORLD, CUE CARD, BALLYOPTIC and EASTLAKE, all Aintree Festival winners, personify the quality on offer at the Derby Sale. Tattersalls Ireland are available to assist with any queries, travel and accommodation requirements to make your visit to the sale as hassle-free as possible. Please contact us at the Tattersalls Ireland office.