Highflyer buys won 5 races at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival with Grade 1 victories being supplied by Peace And Co, Uxizandre and Cole Harden. Indeed the buying team were actually responsible for the 1-2-3 in both the World Hurdle and the Triumph Hurdle as well as the 1-2 in the Ryanair Chase. Cole Harden’s was Tessie Greatrex’s first Cheltenham Festival winner and the other 2 winners at the meeting bought by Anthony Bromley were Aux Ptit Soins (Coral Cup) and Cause For Causes (NH Chase). As well as the 5 winners the team also bought 22 others who earned placed prizemoney during the great 4-day Festival.
More pre-Cheltenham successes
Highflyer-purchases have been continuing their winning ways in the top races over the past fortnight, led by the all-the-way Graded winner, Gitane du Berlais at Auteuil in France, who earned her owners a whopping €60,000. Irish Saint was a facile winner of the Gr 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton whilst Kilcooley beat another Highflyer buy, Silsol, in the Gr 2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell. Different Gravey won a Listed hurdle and other impressive recent winner include Inner Drive, Chosen Well and the Grimthorpe Chase winner, Wayward Prince.
More glorious Graded wins
The last 2 weekends have yielded another 4 Graded and Listed winners for Highflyer purchases to take their Seasonal tally to a record 50 wins. The Grade 1 Ascot Chase sits on top of the tree with a Highflyer 1-2 in the shape of Balder Succes and Ma Filleule. Both will now renew rivalry in Cheltenham's Ryanair Chase on March 12. Vibrato Valtat and Ainsi Fideles took Grade 2 novice chases at Warwick (Kingmaker) and Ascot (Reynoldstown) and now go for Grade 1 contests at Cheltenham and Aintree respectively. Other impressive recent winners include Top Notch, Barters Hill, Arpege D'Alene, Opening Batsman and Masters Hill.
Another very successful weekend for Highflyer purchases with Grade 1-winning mare Gitane Du Berlais leading the way and booking herself a trip to the big Spring Festivals with an easy all-the-way victory in the prestigious Scilly Isles novices chase at Sandown. Ned Stark (Gr2 chase), Hargam (Listed Scottish Triumph Hurdle), and Silsol (Welsh Champion Hurdle) were other notable winners along with Dawalan, Aigle de la See and Pain Au Chocolat.