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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Plenty of racing and sales action at Punchestown on Thursday

Mullins mania: the Closutton maestro looks on after Bellshill’s triumph - the third of six consecutive winners on the day
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The bloodstock world will be zoned in on Punchestown on Thursday for the third day of the end-of-season festival.

As well as the two Grade 1 contests, the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle and the Ryanair Novice Chase, there will be the annual boutique sale in the parade ring after ring, with an interesting trio of lots on offer by Gold Well, the late brother to Montjeu who sired a 1-3 in the Irish Grand National at the beginning at April.

You can also read Zoe Vicarage's report from the one-day Osarus Breeze-Up Sale, or delight yourself in the tale of the Mauritzfontein grooms and groundskeepers who saw a son of Dynasty sell for R800,000 at the National Yearling Sale in South Africa. 


Racing

Beverley (first race 1.30)

Warwick (1.40)

Perth (1.50)

Punchestown (3.40)

Kempton (4.45)

Chelmsford (5.55)


Sales

Goffs Punchestown NH Sale

Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds


ANZ Bloodstock News

In today's issue: elite sire I Am Invincible will stand for A$192,500 during the forthcoming breeding season, the second-highest advertised fee in Australia this year.


First-season sires with runners

Beverley 2.00

Gregorian Aerosphere

Heeraat Maddfourmaggy

Mayson Kalissi, Lexikon

War Command Fighting Spirit


Plus 10 races

Beverley 2.00


What to read

"The idea that Sharpen Up’s sire line is today in peril would have been hard to imagine back then"

(£) Nancy Sexton: Cityscape a fine reminder of the influence of Sharpen Up

"Havana Gold, a grandson of Galileo via Teofilo, has three potential runners left in the Guineas"

Dansili colt Crossed Baton lands Blue Riband Trial at Epsom 


What to watch


Final thought 

The aptly named Tornado Flyer became a 16th Grade 1 winner over jumps for Flemensfirth when he won the Racing Post Champion Bumper at Punchestown on Wednesday evening.

The five-year-old gelding is out of Mucho Macabi - an Exceed And Excel half-sister to legendary hurdler Hurricane Fly.

View Wednesday's results

The aptly named Tornado Flyer became a 16th Grade 1 winner over jumps for Flemensfirth when he won the Racing Post Champion Bumper at Punchestown
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