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Sir Gerhard Heads Land Rover Sale Double On Day 2 At Cheltenham


The second day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival continued where Tuesday had left off with further Grade 1 success for Goffs Land Rover Sale.  

Sir Gerhard, a dual Goffs graduate, won his second successive top level race at the Festival following on from last year’s victory in the Champion Bumper. The son of Jeremy added a third Grade 1 from just seven starts in today's opening Ballymore Properties Novice Hurdle for Cheveley Park Stud.


 
Trained by Willie Mullins, Sir Gerhard was bred by the late Jonathan Fitzpatrick whose family’s Keatingstown House Stud sold him as a foal to Peter Molony at the Goffs November Foal Sale.
 
Molony’s Rathmore Stud went on to produce him for the Goffs’ Land Rover Sale where he sold to Ellmarie Holden’s Coolmeen Farms.
 
A delighted Molony reflected on Sir Gerhard’s comprehensive success in the rain-softened ground at Cheltenham.
 
“It was an amazing win and really exciting, he is such a big powerful horse. We went down to see him before the race in the pouring rain and he looked so imposing. The fact that he has stepped up the extra half mile in trip opens all sorts of doors for him and he is a very exciting horse for the future.”

Sir Gerhard’s victory was the second Grade 1 success in less than 24 hours at Prestbury Park for a Molony purchase at Goffs. Tuesday’s outstanding Champion Hurdle heroine Honeysuckle was bought by Molony on behalf of Kenny Alexander at the 2018 Goffs Punchestown Sale.

“I keep saying it but Honeysuckle is an unbelievable dream, it’s incredible. The main thing is she can run any way – from the front or held up, slow or fast pace, quick ground or heavy ground – she always finds a way to win,” remarked Molony of the unbeaten champion.
 
Molony is an integral member of the Goffs’ Land Rover inspection team and with duties almost complete ahead of this year’s sale, he is looking forward to another strong catalogue with potential Cheltenham stars.
 
“We have seen some lovely horses on our inspection tours and I think we are near enough finalising the selections. It’s a very exciting time and over the last ten years the sale has turned inside out with the quality and depth to be found now in the catalogue. It’s a privilege to be part of the team and we are really looking forward to this year’s sale.”

Grade 3 Coral Cup Handicap winner Commander Of Fleet was the second Land Rover Sale winner on the second day of the Festival. The winner of the 2018 Goffs Land Rover Bumper was sold by Mount Eaton Stud to Margaret O’Toole at the previous year’s sale and the Grade 1 winning novice hurdler was also runner up in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle on his previous visit to Cheltenham.

Having won the very aptly named Goffs Future Stars Bumper (Gr2) in scintillating style at the Dublin Racing Festival last month, it was wonderful to see Facile Vega, the son of Quevega and Walk In The Park, go on to land today's Grade 1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper in similarly impressive style for the Hammer & Trowel Syndicate and Patrick Mullins, giving trainer Willie Mullins a remarkable 12th win in the race.


Upcoming Goffs NH Sales:

  • Aintree Sale: 7 April
  • Punchestown Sale: 28 April
  • Doncaster Spring Sale: 16 – 19 May
  • Goffs Land Rover Sale: 7 – 9 June