Richard Downes proud as Summerville Boy lands Tolworth
Sandmason gelding a €4,000 store purchase for his previous owner
It was the shrewd eye of owner Richard Downes that picked out Saturday's Tolworth Hurdle winner Summerville Boy as a €4,000 store at the 2015 Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale.
Placed in the care of the established point-to-point handler Sam Curling, the original intention was for him to run between the flags, before a spark of ability encouraged Curling to aim that bit higher with the son of Sandmason.
"As a store, Summerville Boy was a very correct and athletic horse that moved well - with a good attitude," said Downes.
"We were originally going to run him in a point-to-point but he was showing plenty of speed at home so Sam decided to go straight for a bumper - he always worked like a very good horse."
Summerville Boy made his rules debut in a 2m1f Killarney bumper last May, with the second-placed Suncroft winning on his next start in a Wexford bumper.
That form saw Summerville Boy sell for £130,000 to Roger Brookhouse, when offered by Curling's Skehanagh Stables at the Goffs UK Spring Horses In Training Sale just over a week later - a most impressive return on the sum paid for him just two years earlier.
Summerville Boy placed on his next three starts for Tom George, including when getting to within a length of Slate House in a Grade 2 trial at Cheltenham for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
"I am delighted he has gone on to prove himself at Grade 1 level," continued Downes. "The strong pace in the Tolworth suited him and he showed he has a touch of class.
"Tom George and Roger Brookhouse have done a great job in placing him so far, I'm sure they will continue to do what is right for the horse."