Altior Headlines A Winning Weekend For Land Rover Graduates


Goffs Land Rover Sale celebrated another weekend full of winning graduates headed by Altior’s superb Grade 2 victory at Newbury on Saturday.

The much anticipated Altior (pictured right) was back to his winning ways following a wind operation after last season and remains unbeaten over fences as he landed the Grade 2 Betfair Exchange Chase for the second year in a row.  Winner in 2017 of the Grade 1 Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the Grade 1 Celebration Chase for Nicky Henderson and owner Mrs Patricia Pugh, Altior was sold at the Land Rover Sale in 2013 by Kilmoney Cottage Stud to Highflyer Bloodstock for €60,000.

The Colin Tizzard trained Vision Des Flos landed the Listed 188bet Novices’ Hurdle at Exeter by a massive 31 lengths over the Grade 1 placed Mercenaire. Vision Des Flos started out his career winning the €100,000 Goffs Land Rover Bumper at last year’s Punchestown Festival for trainer Robert Tyner, before topping the Goffs Punchestown Sale two days later when selling to Tom Malone for €270,000.  Vision Des Flos was first sold in the Land Rover Sale by Norman Williamson’s Oak Tree Farm to Paurick O’Connor for €25,000.

There was more Land Rover and Punchestown Sale success for Colin Tizzard on the same card, as Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed Elegant Escape landed the Graduation Chase.  Elegant Escape was first sold in the December NH Sale from Rathbarry Stud to John Quinlan for €5,000 and resold at the Land Rover to Aidan O’Ryan and Eoin Donnelly for €32,000. His most recent sale came in the 2016 Punchestown Sale where he made €150,000 when selling to John Romans and Colin Tizzard.

Land Rover graduates also enjoyed a double at Punchestown yesterday as Hardline won the Listed INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle for Gigginstown House and Gordon Elliott.  Grade 1 placed on his last two starts, Hardline topped the Land Rover Sale in 2015 when sold by Hugh Bleahen’s Clifton Farm to Mouse Morris for €155,000.   Folsom Blue, representing the same connections, also showed strong form when winning the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown for the second time. He will now be aimed at the BoyleSports Irish Grand National. Folsom Blue was sold at the Land Rover Sale 2010 by Mill House Stud to Midwest Bloodstock for €50,000.


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