Hales handed Gigginstown boost

Trainer Eddie Hales has received a major boost after he was sent 15 horses from Gigginstown House Stud.

Don Cossack was sold to Gigginstown by Eddie Hales

The County Tipperary-based handler has previous links with the leading owners, having sold them Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Don Cossack.

Hales said: "It was a very nice surprise. I've known Eddie (O'Leary, Gigginstown racing manager) for a good while and he just rang me out of the blue and asked me if I had any room.

"Obviously it didn't take me long to answer.

"It's marvellous news for us. They've sent us 15 three-year-olds and they're typical well-bred, Gigginstown types. They're nice toys to play with.

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"They'll follow the same point-to-point route as they always do and we'll find out what we have down the line."

Having almost doubled his numbers overnight, Hales has recruited new staff, including several people who worked for the soon-to-retire David Wachman.

"We have 28 horses in total now, so it's a big jump and we're very busy," the trainer added.

"We've got some fantastic new staff and we're all very much looking forward to it."

Don Cossack ran just once for Hales, finishing fifth in a Punchestown bumper in the spring of 2011.

The nine-year-old has since won 16 times for Gigginstown and Gordon Elliott.

"When he ran for me at Punchestown, Eddie spotted him in the paddock beforehand and came up to me saying what a beautiful horse he was," said Hales.

"He asked me if he was any good and I told him, 'He's not yet, but he will be'. Eddie doesn't miss much, we sold him and we've all seen what he's done since."

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