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Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Richard Downes proud as Summerville Boy lands Tolworth

Sandmason gelding a €4,000 store purchase for his previous owner

Summerville: went from €4,000 as a store to £130,000 as a horse in training
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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."


Look back at Saturday's thrilling Tolworth Hurdle


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."


Don't miss your indispensable guide to the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale - available to read here

 

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
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