Former British point-to-pointer Shannon Hill, who was sold for £85,000 in April, made an impressive start to his career under Rules when winning easily at Stratford this afternoon.
The four-year-old impressed judges when winning on debut at Brampton Bryan in Herefordshire last season, and was subsequently offered for sale at Goffs UK's Aintree Sale from the yard of Warwickshire trainer Fran Nimmo (pictured above with Nimmo leading up). Agent Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock duly bought him on behalf of Stuart Grech and Mike Parkin, who placed him in the care of Alan King.
Ridden today by Wayne Hutchinson in a maiden hurdle, Shannon Hill pulled hard for a circuit and continued to race enthusiastically after Hutchinson allowed him to take up the running, but he was being eased down when crossing the line in front for an emphatic win. He beat just three rivals, but became the latest example of a young British pointer making a smooth transition to racing under Rules.