Roach dispersal bolsters Goffs UK auction
Ruben Cotter: has achieved a Racing Post Rating of 148
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Roach dispersal bolsters Goffs UK auction By James Thomas 12:06PM 3 JAN 2017
THE horses-in-training section of the Goffs UK January Sale, which is scheduled to take place on January 24 and 25, has received a significant boost with the news that 14 lots from the estate of former leading owner Graham Roach will be offered during the first British sale of 2017.
Roach, who died in September, aged 69, enjoyed a huge amount of success both as an owner and as a trainer. His greatest triumph as a trainer came with Prideaux Boy, who won the Lanzarote and Swinton Hurdles and also finished fourth to See You Then in the 1986 Champion Hurdle.
Having taken the decision to relinquish his licence to concentrate on his business, Roach Foods, he had an even more fruitful time as an owner.
The horse who brought him his most notable success was dual Champion Chase winner Viking Flagship, who began his career with Martin Pipe before transferring to the care of David Nicholson, for whom he won four top-level races.
When Nicholson retired, Paul Nicholls took charge of Roach's horses, and the likes of Challow Hurdle winner Cornish Rebel, Grand Annual winner St Pirran and Festival Trophy Chase hero Thisthatandtother carried Roach's red and white silks to big-race victories.
The 14-strong draft at Goffs UK is comprised of both form horses and young stock. Of the proven performers on offer, Morito Du Berlais, who has a peak Racing Post Rating of 144, Ruben Cotter (RPR 148), and dual point-to-point winner The Happy Chappy are among the most eyecatching entries.
There are also unraced three- and four-year-olds by sires such as Fame And Glory, Flemensfirth, Presenting and Robin Des Champs due to come under the hammer from the draft.
Another dispersal due to take place at the January Sale is that of Alnwick-based trainer Victor Thompson, who has called time on his training career to focus on farming. He will disperse 17 form horses at the auction, including three-time chase winner Chanceofa Lifetime and prolific point-to-point scorer Sharivarry.
The catalogue is also set to include drafts from racing powerhouses Godolphin and Shadwell, as well as a mixture of point-to-point and bumper winners, while more than 125 jumps foals and 30 jumps mares will also come up for auction.
Entries for the sale will be taken until Friday, with the catalogue due to be published next Wednesday.
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