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Bloodstock briefing: Goffs NH sale amalgamates two events.

Byline: Janet Hickman

THE National Hunt world's mini-season of sales, which began on Monday with Doncaster's Spring Sale, continues next week at Goffs, with the three-day June NH Sale starting on Tuesday.

This sale amalgamates for the first time the Goffs Land Rover Bumper Sale, consisting of store horses eligible for the eponymous bumper at the Fairyhouse Festival in April, and the August NH Sale which traditionally has featured stores and horses in training. Next Tuesday, 250 candidates for the 2003 Goffs Land Rover Bumper, worth EUR40,000 (pounds 25,400) to the winner, will be offered, to be followed on Wednesday and Thursday by 406 stores and horses in training.

Bumper winners include Hardy Eustace (2002), Winning Jenny (2000), Berkeley Run (1999) and Biliverdin (1998), while another June Sale graduate is Grand National winner Bindaree.

An obvious bumper candidate on offer next Tuesday is a Broken Hearted sister to Pizarro, winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March. Others with close links to Cheltenham Festival winners are a Sabrehill half-brother to Shadow Leader, a Cyborg filly out of a half- sister to the sire's sons Hors La Loi and Cyborgo, and an Old Vic filly out of a sister to Cool Ground.

Fillies are well represented in the catalogue and include half-sisters to Lady Arpel and Rose Of Tracarta, by Bob Back and Presenting respectively, while a Norwich half-sister to the dam of Canasta, Hillwalk, Jet Rules and Jet Tabs, a Presenting filly out of a useful hurdling half-sister to Royal Athlete, and a Roselier filly very closely related to All The Aces, have obvious broodmare potential.

Among the geldings, recently deceased Supreme Leader has half-brothers to smart chasers Solvang and Streamstown. Also related to good chasers are a Norwich half-brother to both Glitter Isle and Mentmore Towers, a Scribano half-brother to both Classical Charm and Wee River, and a Septieme Ciel half-brother to Corniche.

The last-named has a Flat pedigree, as do several others, including a Majestic Light gelding out of a sister to Ajdal, a Darshaan gelding from the family of Cherokee Rose, and an Accordion gelding out of a half-sister to the dam of Rubhahunish and Group 1 winners Court Of Honour and Single Empire.

Relatives to good hurdlers include a Key Of Luck half-brother to Bob Justice from the family of Olympian, and Old Vic geldings out of Clahada Rose and Elas Image.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 29, 2002
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