Santini makes Graded breakthrough in hectic week for his dam
Busy spell for Sleeping Car mare Tinagoodnight
Staying on well up the Cheltenham hill on Saturday, Santini made his Graded breakthrough on just his second start under rules, and in the process provided a timely update for his dam Tinagoodnight on what was a hectic week for her and her brood.
The 14-year-old Sleeping Car mare was bought by Matt Coleman of Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for £32,000 at Goffs UK on Wednesday, where she had been offered as part of the Trull House Stud dispersal, with owner-breeder Richard Kelvin-Hughes parting with 25 jumps-bred fillies and mares.
Tinagoodnight's turn with auctioneer Henry Beeby came ten lots after her three-year-old High Chaparral filly was bought for £62,000 by Michael Hyde and 21 lots after her Walk In The Park yearling filly was snapped up for £22,000 by Philip Kirby.
At the time of her sale, Tinagoodnight's daughter Dusky Legend, by Midnight Legend, had already finished third to Let's Dance in the Trull House Mares' Novices' Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival.
Her granddam Tinopasa is also a Listed hurdle winner and dam of ten winners from 11 runners, including the Grade 1-placed novice hurdler Gem Daly.
Two significant pedigree updates came Tinagoodnight's way on Saturday, just 20 minutes apart.
Dusky Legend confirmed her hurdling prowess by finishing third to Maria's Benefit in the Grade 2 Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle at Doncaster, before Santini edged out victory over Black Op to win the Grade 2 Ballymore Classic Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The success of Santini, a six-year-old Milan gelding, suggests he holds a live chance in both the Ballymore and Albert Bartlett novice hurdle races at the festival in March, while Dusky Legend could line up in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
Tinagoodnight, meanwhile, is believed in foal having been covered by Flemensfirth and Pour Moi last year.