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January Sale 2017

24 & 25 January

Lot 78G - Minella Encore (IRE) supp+

Purchaser: N.Sold 85000/Eamon Phelan (PS).
Price: £100,000

P2P win

P2P.ie review: Minella Encore was most unfortunate not to shed his maiden tag at the very first time of asking at Borris House last month as the King’s Theatre gelding was travelling all over the eventual winner when coming down that penultimate fence. Prior to that point, he jumped confidently for a newcomer and travelled with ease, only to make a mistake three-out. However it was taking that after that slow leap, he was soon able to regain any lost ground to come back up on terms and hit the front before coming down at the penultimate fence when not appearing to make a serious error. Compensation was soon to follow however, as despite switching to a sharper track for his next outing at Killeagh, he overcame the characteristics of the course which likely would not have flattered him, with a strong staying performance. That is also a maiden which has produced the likes of the Cheltenham Festival victor Next Sensation in the recent past.

Aided by a dream run up the inside of runners around the home bend, Minella Encore soon hit the front, and although his nearest rival came down at the last, he appeared to be in command at the time to run out the 10-length winner. A well-bred sort, he is a stayer for the future who looks smart.