British point-to-point trainers made their presence felt at Goffs UK's September Sale in Doncaster on Wednesday, where Dale Peters signed up a likely future maiden winner.
Nottinghamshire-based trainer/rider Peters secured Bloodstone (pictured above) from the Gigginstown House Stud draft with a bid of £25,000, but he does not expect to partner the six-year-old in races.
He said: "He's been bought by James Henderson for his sons Freddie and George to ride in races. His form looks good and he should be a shoo-in for maiden races. I'm hoping he might make a novice hunter chaser later in the season.
"I hope to have 14 to train this season, of which about half are three- or four-year-olds."
Bloodstone has run 13 times and been placed in five, including in two Irish point-to-points. He began his career with Pat Doyle before transferring to Henry De Bromhead.
Tim Gredley is set to make a return to the point-to-point circuit, but as an owner, not as a rider. The former international showjumper came late to pointing in 2016, but rode seven winners from 25 rides over two seasons on horses trained for him by Newmarket-based James Owen.
The two men were also at Doncaster, where Owen brought the hammer down with a £30,000 offer which secured Pont Aven from Willie Mullins' stable. An eight-year-old son of Doyen, Pont Aven came to the ring having won twice and most recently having finished third in a handicap chase at Killarney.
James Owen, who will train Pont Aven for Tim Gredley
Gredley said: "We enjoy Jump racing and have a few horses with the Skeltons, but we thought it would be fun to get a pointer who might be good enough to go hunter chasing later in the season.
"I'm definitely not making a comeback and won't be riding him – he's likely to be ridden by Alex Chadwick."
Charlie Poste, whose wife Fran Nimmo runs a successful pointing yard in Warwickshire, signed for the well-known campaigner Dounikos with a bid of £10,000, and then hared off to Doncaster races where he rode in the Leger Legends race. He finished third in a driving finish, providing a reminder of the flair he honed during his career as a Jump jockey.
Ten-year-old Dounikos, who also came from the Gigginstown House Stud draft, gained the T-shirt in steeplechasing while with Gordon Elliott and then Denise Foster, including running in the Grand National and winning a Gr.2 chase. He was bought as a proven conveyance for a new owner/rider at Nimmo's yard, Carlos Baird.