Hypersonic Missile (Califet) went to trainer John McConnell for £34,000 at the ThoroughBid Spring Sale Thursday. The 4-year-old gelding, a Point-to-Point winner on debut, was consigned by Maddie Hand.
“With Irish Point-to-Points being so hard to buy out of, you have to go elsewhere,” said McConnell. “This is a nice horse who ticks the boxes and has plenty left in the tank. He could be anything and I’m glad to have found him in the Spring Sale.”
A total of 16 of 19 lots sold for an 84% clearance rate. Several of the pointers are eligible for ThoroughBid’s popular £5,000 Point2Rules Bonus, including Hypersonic Missile.
“With Hypersonic Missile, we’ll be trying to win first time out and will try him in a bumper,” added McConnell. “I haven’t bought him for anyone in particular so, if anyone’s interested, get in touch!”
Other notable horses sold in the Spring Sale included Irish pointer Moorefields, who sold to Tom Malone Bloodstock for £22,000 and two hurdlers, The Priests Leap and What an Ocean, who were bought by Aidan ‘Mouse’ O’Ryan.
CEO of ThoroughBid, James Richardson added, “We are delighted with the Spring Sale results and to have a clearance rate of over 80% is particularly pleasing. It’s great to see both British and Irish pointers such as Moorefields and Hypersonic Missile selling so well to new connections, who are now in with a realistic chance of winning our £5,000 Point2Rules Bonus.”
“Having the likes of Tom Malone and Mouse O’Ryan involved in the online bidding battle today was good to see, and we wish them the best of luck with their new purchases.”
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