Recent Bishops Court winner Ramillies was sold for £215,000 to Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins at Tattersalls’ Cheltenham Festival Sale yesterday evening.
The four-year-old son of Shantou had been bought by Herefordshire-based Tom Lacey for €60,000 last year as an unbroken three-year-old store. Lacey said: "When one of the world's top trainers buys a horse it says it all. This horse has a lovely pedigree, he's by a fantastic sire and out of a black-type mare."
Ramillies' price was just shy of the British record price for a pointer at auction. At the Festival Sale last year Interconnected, who was also offered by Lacey, sold for £220,000.
Sunday's Charlton Horethorne winner Peace Of Mind was also in the catalogue, and he left Fran Nimmo's yard bound for licensed trainer Olly Murphy after being knocked down for £70,000.
Nimmo and her partner, Charlie Poste, bought the gelding last year for €20,000.
The sale's top price was one of £400,000, given for the filly My Whirlwind, the winner of her only start in an Irish point-to-point. Trained for that victory by Pat Turley, she has now joined Nicky Henderson's string – her price was a record for a jumping filly or mare.
Turnover at the sale rose eight per cent to £3,410,000, the average gained three per cent to £162,381, while the median added two per cent, reaching £150,000. Out of the 23 lots on offer, 21 found a buyer.