Roach dispersal to kickstart two-day January Sale
Classy mares Stephanie Frances and Legacy Gold will also be offered
The dispersal of stock belonging to the late Graham Roach looks set to draw plenty of attention at the Goffs UK January Sale, which begins its two-day run at the Doncaster Sales complex from 12pm on Tuesday.
Among the eye-catching lots in the dispersal are horses-in-training Morito Du Berlais (Lot 60), third in a Listed hurdle at Cheltenham in November, and Ruben Cotter (61) who has won three chases and a hurdle race for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.
Other highlights in the 351-lot catalogue include the Lodge Hill Stables-consigned Stephanie Frances (306), a nine-year-old daughter of King’s Theatre who won back-to-back Listed events this season. She has won three chases and four hurdle races, and was last seen finishing third to Altior in a Grade 2 novices’ chase at Kempton.
Another classy mare set to go under the hammer is Legacy Gold (308), consigned by Hurst Farm on behalf of owner Roger Brookhouse. The daughter of Gold Well has won three bumpers and a trio of hurdle races, and also finished third to Vroum Vroum Mag in the Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival.
Royal Regatta, who won the Grade 2 1965 Chase at Ascot in November, is a previous graduate of the January Sale having sold for £15,000 in 2009, while smart chaser Seeyouatmidnight has also flown the flag for the auction having been picked up for just £6,000 by Dick Frisby at the 2010 renewal.
The sale will also feature the TBA National Hunt stallion showcase, with 15 stallions available to view all day on Wednesday, including Blue Bresil from Yorton Farm and Telescope from Shade Oak Stud.