On a day when the focus was on a thrilling Betfair Chase at Haydock, where Bristol De Mai proved he was more than a heavy ground specialist, there was little attention on the 12.20 at Ascot. A 2m5f Novices’ Hurdle, the race was perhaps most notable for marking Trevelyn’s Corn first run under rules.
The five year old was purchased at Ireland’s Cheltenham Sale last December, on the back of one Point to Point run, for an eye watering £400,000. Sold by Colin Bowe, who had originally acquired the horse for 45,000 Euros, the Irish trainer had a good day at the Sale walking away with £800,000 in his pocket.
Bought by blood stock agent Tom Malone for owner Chris Giles, Trevelyn’s Corn who is trained by Paul Nicholls, was the top price paid on the day.
As for the gelding’s debut, the markets are clearly no respecter of price tags as he started at 7/2 in a field of 7, where the favourite went off at 15/8. He finished 4th and the Racing Post’s comments on the run conclude with the words “faded flat”. Even had he won, the £13,000 prize money would hardly have marked a significant initial return on the investment.
But hey, it’s early days and the one previous competitive outing was a victory on heavy ground. And also, we all know from the song what happened to those who stole Trevelyan’s corn.