SIX FIGURE SALES FOR SHOLOKHOV AND SHIROCCO

SIX FIGURE SALES FOR SHOLOKHOV AND SHIROCCO

Sholokhov

Impressive maiden winner SHISKIN (Sholokhov) led trade for much of the Cheltenham December Sale when selling to Highflyer Bloodstock for £170,000. Offered by handler Virginia Considine, the bay won a four-year-old maiden at Lingstown by eight lengths last month, having finish third on debut in March.

Highflyer’s Anthony Bromley later explained the appeal of his purchase; “I’ve bought him to go into training with Nicky Henderson. We adored him. He’s got a nice pedigree and is by a proper stallion who has already sired a Gold Cup winner in Don Cossack.” Considine, meanwhile, described Shishkin as “a pure athlete.”

Shirocco sired two six-figure lots on the night, topped by Pat Doyle’s winning newcomer, Silver Hallmark. Bought by Fergal O’Brien for £115,000, the grey rewarded owner Michael Fitzpatrick, whose Kilminfoyle House Stud had retained him as a store at the Derby Sale.

John Nallen was also rewarded for winning with his Shirocco gelding, Minella Royale, who came home 15 lengths in front in a five-year-old maiden at Lingstown in November. Highflyer Bloodstock went to £100,000 for the half-brother to Grade 3 performer Ma Belle Amie.

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