The Coral Gold Cup Sale 2023

2 December - Newbury Racecourse
Overview of results
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1 First Confession (IRE) Review: A debut winner of his maiden at Moig South. A course where courage and resilience are key this fellow delivered on all fronts by coming home over a length in front of his nearest rival. The time of the race was six seconds faster than the average time on the day and stood out as a fine individual in the preliminaries. He hails from a fine family of winners such as Latest Exhibition, Rathvinden and Kildisart so his NH credentials are to be expected.

2 Presenting Doy (IRE) Review: A smart winner of her four-year-old maiden at Lingstown when winning by a comfortable two and a half lengths. She is by Doyen out of a Presenting mare and had fallen on debut at Dromahane just a few weeks earlier but was none the worse for the experience when winning at the second attempt. What was taking about this performance was the way she quickened up two out to put daylight between her and her rivals and having effectively won the race in this section of the race she still stayed on stoutly all the way to the line. She is out of an own sister to Gold Present and from the family of Radjhani Express.  

3 Hawthorn Street (IRE) Review: This son of Flemensfirth was well fancied on his debut at in a red-hot maiden at Loughanmore where his race was ended by a bad error five fences from home and he was soon pulled up.  He re-appeared a month later at Tinahely and made no mistakes at the second time of asking, to record a convincing three and half length victory.  He travelled and jumped well throughout and saw off all challengers to win in good fashion with a previous runner-up held in second at the final fence, whilst the eventual third also had recent placed form. That all suggests that Hawthorn Street looks a smart prospect that will have little difficulty translating his ability under rules for new connections. The €80,000 store purchase is a well bred sort being from the family of Wrath Of Titans and Irish Grand National winner Thunder And Roses. 

4 Will The Wise (IRE) Review: A fine son of the well regarded Well Chosen who won on debut at Turtulla. He is out of a Beneficial mare and impressed all those who saw him win by a convincing six lengths on debut. The time of the race was very respectable and faster than the days average and he was left in the lead four from home. Even this unexpected change to plans didn’t affect his debut and he dominated from the front and when hitting top stride from the back of the second last and he lengthened impressively to the line. He looks a fine type for the future and has started his career in most exciting fashion. He is a brother to the black type Kissforkatie and from the family of The Bushkeeper. 

5 Big Stage (IRE) Review: Big Stage posted an impressive performance when winning his maiden at the first time of asking at Tinahely.  This son of Walk In The Park jumped out in front and kept on strongly from the last to record a three and half-length victory.  It was the ease in which he travelled through the race that really got the eye, as he had much of the field under pressure from two out, with the ability to put the race to bed in a matter of strides.  It is worth noting that there were two previous placed individuals in the race, which provide real depth to the performance. This €100,000 store purchase looks a decent sort that can develop into a top national hunt performer.  This well-bred sort is out of a sister to Defy Logic.

6 Half Past Tipsy (IRE) Review: An exceptionally smart mare who won her maiden at Quakerstown on her most recent outing. Owned and bred by Walter Connors who has a record of producing top class talent she was a fine fourth on her debut in the Spring beaten a little over seven lengths. This daughter of Muhtathir clearly benefited greatly from that experience to win on her next outing which was her seasonal return at the Co Clare venue where her owner once unleashed the Grade 1 winning Bacardys among others. She posted a very convincing display to fend of Geturguccion by two and a half lengths. She moved smoothly into a clearer lead two out and was always in control from that point. She is out of a winning Bob Back mare and looks another exciting recruit for connections given the time of the race was twelve seconds faster than the average time on the day.  

7 Country Park (IRE) Review: This exciting son of Walk In The Park didn’t disappoint followers when opening his account in a competitive maiden at Quakerstown.  He always caught the eye when travelling well in the hands of his rider.  The debutant was closing in on the leader entering the straight, he was just about on terms when he made a mistake at the last, but he recovered quickly and kept on strongly on the flat to get up and deny the highly-regarded Maximum Offers from the Donnchadh Doyle stable by a head.   This well-bred sort is the second foal of a half-sister to the Willie Mullins’ top class performer Wicklow Brave and appears to possess all the attributes to develop into a top-class national hunt recruit. It is also worth noting that time of his race was run 14 seconds faster than the average on the day.

10 Mulinas (GB) Review: A most impressive winner of his maiden on debut at Boulta. This son of Malinas went powerfully to the front two out and shows his authority with a three lengths victory which he seemed very good value for. The way he took control of the race when so many were moving into position was the eye-catching part of this performance and one which cannot be taken lightly. He seemed to have the race in his grasp in a matter of strides. He is a three parts brother to Malinas Jack and another exciting runner for this in form sire.

10A Metkayina (IRE)

Review: Metkayina made a most encouraging debut in a Four-year-old Fillies Bumper at Galway finishing third, whilst one month later she readily accounted for her fifteen rivals in a smart looking Mares’ Open Bumper at Ludlow. The Sam Curling trained Diamond Boy filly has demonstrated conspicuous high cruising-speed and a willing attitude in both starts so far, whilst she is also possessed of both an impressive physique and a smart pedigree. In recent years the likes of Marine Nationale, Summerville Boy and Vaillier have all graduated from Skehanagh Stables and there is little doubt that Metkayina could follow in those illustrious hoofprints.

11 Maximum Offers (IRE) Review: A most talented youngster who, in finishing second at Quakerstown, arguably achieved more than most winners this Autumn as this maiden appeared to be towards the top end of the scale and he was only narrowly denied in the final strides. A brother to the multiple winner Two’s Company he went on two out and looked set for success only to be collared by a head by the most exciting Country Park. This race was run in a time fourteen seconds faster than the average time on the day so this looks a very exciting youngster with a big future. 

12 Northern Air (IRE) Review: This good-looking daughter of Vendangeur who really impressed on her debut when winning her maiden at Dromahane by a convincing four lengths.  She was settled in behind the leader before taking up the running three fences from home.   She showed a good turn of foot between the final two fences to put some daylight between herself and the runner-up.  She looked a little green on the run-in which suggests she had plenty left in the tank and is sure to improve further following this initial winning experience.  She looks a talented sort with a bright future ahead of her.

13 King Califet (IRE) Review: From the producers of Grand National winner Noble Yeats this son of Califet ran a cracker on debut at Turtulla behind the useful looking Will The Wise. Staying on gamely all the way to the line in a race which was run in a very decent time he was four lengths clear of the third as his game outlook saw him see out the race with enthusiasm. His dam was a three times winner for Venetia Williams winning twice over hurdles and once over fences. He is sure to progress notably from this fine debut effort and mature into a top class NH recruit. 

14 Walking On A Dream (IRE) Review: This well-bred son of Walk In The Park was running a big race on his debut at Quakerstown before coming to grief at the final fence.  He always caught the eye when travelling well in the hands of his rider and he was making good progress in behind the front two before coming down at the final fence when destined to be placed. That is no mean feat in a race which looked as deep as this at a venue with a proven track record of producing smart sorts such as Next Destination, Brewin’upastorm, Bacardys and The Big Breakaway. This good-looking €62,000 store purchase is a half-brother to the Gigginstown House Stud eight-time winner Tombstone and he looks to be a horse to go forward with as it is worth noting the time of the race  was run 14 seconds faster than the average time on the day.

15 Geturguccion (IRE) Review: A big performance from this daughter of Getaway on debut when running in a very competitive maiden at Quakerstown. She had been a fine third on debut in the spring at Loughanmore before contesting this fast run contest on her seasonal reappearance where the time of the race was twelve seconds faster than average. The front pair look most exciting given they drew forty lengths away from their nearest rival and this mare is bred to be from the top drawer. Her dam is by Presenting and along with winning a point won three times on the track. She has already bred the very smart Saylavee, Cool Country and Boragh Beat and this looks another from this prolific producer of winners.  

16 Tambo's Troops (IRE) Review: Tambo’s Troops who was well-touted beforehand and made a very pleasing debut in a competitive maiden at Tinahely.  He just found one too good, which proved to be the more experienced €80,000 store purchase Hawthorn Street.  The son of Network was settled in mid-division for most of the race before mounting his challenge in between the final two fences and staying on gamely on the run-in to take the second.  He will have gained plenty from the experience and on the basis of this performance, he won’t remain a maiden for long.

17 Wednesday Addams (GB) Review: A steadily improving mare who finished a fine two length second at Umma House to Piper Park who has since been sold for £205,000. She then turned out just a few weeks later and confirmed that level of form by battling to win a Knockmullen House maiden by a neck beating Santapietra who has since been acquired by Lucinda Russell. All of the form around this mare is being well received by the market and she has shown her toughness and willingness to race suggesting she too has a lot to offer in the coming seasons. She is out of a winning Flemensfirth mare to add further to the confidence of potential purchasers. 

18 The Bluesman (FR) Review: A smashing individual who cost 140,000 as a store and is out of a dual winning mare. He looked set to be a notable talent from the outset and on his only start to date he ran with considerably promise when a fine third in a Dromahane maiden behind the Gordon Elliott trained Patter Merchant. The fourth placed Moon Phases has since sold for £150,000 illustrating the depth which this maiden is considered to have included. This fellow has made his first step onto a racecourse a most promising one and looks set to go in the right direction from here. With his CV he can be expected to make the progression towards the top of the national hunt ladder.  

19 General Briar (IRE) Review: A progressive son of Soldier Of Fortune who was a fine third on debut at Lisronagh in a very much above average looking maiden. He looked one who would come on for that outing as was noted in the analysis post-race. This was quickly evident when he went to Moig South and finished a close second to First Confession beaten just over a length.  He has a fine pedigree being a brother to seven times winning Annual Invictus and Fort Worth Texas also. A continuation of this progression could see him very much on par with his siblings.

20 Sawdust (IRE) Review: A very smooth debut winner of his Lingstown maiden when easily accounting for his rivals by five lengths. He easily went to the front two out and his rider never moved in any meaningful way to the final fence. Once asked to quicken he was soon give lengths clear and this was a very straight forward victory which did little to truly illustrate the likely ability of this five year old son of Leading Light. He is out of a Flemensfirth mare and closely related to Comply Or Die and Our Vinnie and looks capable of climbing the ranks in the NH sphere far beyond what he was asked of face on his debut.

21 Railway Bell (IRE) Review: This twice placed daughter of Champion point to point sire Mahler was only beaten three lengths at Loughanmore by Reflection of You who has since sold for 140,000. This mare turned out again at Lingstown and lead over the final fence before  being headed in the shadow of the post by the exciting debutante My Forever Annie. She is out of a bumper Beneficial mare and looks tough enough to win her fair share of races.

22 Ol Man Dingle (IRE) Review: This was the only debutante to finish in the first five in his Lingstown maiden recently and he was only a neck away from seeing off all of the more experienced rivals. Looking tight for room at the second last fence he showed exceptional pace to lead within strides from the back of that fence and was clear jumping the last. His very understandable debut saw him tire a little before the line and go down by a neck but he had done enough to count himself a very talented youngster. His bravery to take a tight gap after two out along with his speed to the final fence must not be discounted, nor was he found wanting in a battle from the last. His dam was not only a winner by Graded fourth so this fellow could well be on a path to a decent level in the course of time.

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