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Flemenshill has sadly passed away

Flemenshill has sadly passed away

One of the most talked about point-to-pointers from last season, Flemenshill, unfortunately suffered a suspected  heart attack whilst with his new trainer Colin Tizzard.

Bred by Jane Mangan, the four-year-old gelding became one of the most talked about winners of the season following his eye-catching debut performance in which he won his four-year-old maiden at Oldtown on the opening weekend of that age division in February of this year.

Partnered by Noel McParlan, Flemenshill was out of a half-sister to the former English Hennessy winner, Strong Flow and was from the successful owner/trainer partnership of Wilson Dennison and Colin McKeever who have produced a number of high class performers including last year’s Cheltenham Festival winner Yorkhill, plus fellow Grade 1 winners Bellshill and Shaneshill, who all came through the point-to-point ranks.

McKeever wasn’t surprised to see his charge ease to success at the first time of asking having commented after his success, he is a fine big horse and we are very pleased with how he done it.  He showed no signs of weakness for such a big horse and he showed a professional manner at the business end as he battled on well up the run in.  I think one day he could progress into a graded horse.

Just over ten days later, the son of Flemensfirth hit the headlines again when he went through the ring at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham February sale. Unsurprisingly, Flemenshill drew a large amount of interest which resulted in a bidding war between Kieran McManus and Tom Malone. Acting on behalf of Alan Potts and the late Ann Potts, Malone secured him for an incredible £480,000, making him the most expensive point-to-point horse to have been sold at public auction. This hugely exciting sort was then sent to the inform Colin Tizzard.

Even though he may have only ran once, the strength on his initial performance has left a huge feeling of what he might have achieved during his career. The four length runner-up on the day Defi Bleu, was last year’s Derby sale topper at €255,000 while the third horse, Palmers Hill was a 20 length winner on his next start and went on to make £310,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Festival sale in March.

A reminder of one of the reasons behind Flemenshill’s high sales price can be linked back to the study done this year by Rory O’Brien in which found that over 61% of Grade 1 winners began their careers as four-year-olds from flat racing to point-to-pointing. Of those 45 Grade 1 winners that all first started as four-year-olds, over 37% made their debuts in Irish point-to-points which is by far the largest category within that age group. 

Below is a video of him winning his point to point maiden at Oldtown in February of this year. 

 


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