Cheltenham December sale topper Gallyhill to make hurdles debut at Newbury
The Michael Grech-owned gelding was a £450,000 purchase
The 2019 Tattersalls Cheltenham December sale topper Gallyhill will make his eagerly anticipated debut for Nicky Henderson in the two-mile novice hurdle at Newbury on Wednesday.
The son of Getaway - who was an easy winner of his sole point-to-point for Jamie Sloan at Kirkistown in November 2019 - was snapped up by Henrietta Knight for Michael Grech at an eye-watering £450,000, beating the exciting Sir Gerhard to the top spot.
Gallyhill is the fifth foal out of the Xaar mare Tanit and a half-brother to Nortonthorpelegend, an eight-time winning chaser for Rebecca Menzies. The six-year-old is also a full-sibling to the Fergal O'Brien-trained Avoid De Master, the winner of a handicap hurdle at Leicester in November.
The Gordon Elliott-trained Sir Gerhard, who runs in the Cheveley Park silks, was a 12-length winner of his only point and has since won two bumpers with ease, including a Listed contest at Navan last month.
Among Gallyhill's 16 rivals include the Emma Lavelle-trained Hoi Polloi, a €120,000 purchase from Goffs Land Rover Sale in 2018 and second on his hurdles debut at Hereford in November, plus Danehill Kodiac, a Group 3 winner on the Flat and twice-raced over hurdles.