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JP McManus splashes out record fee to buy Douvan's brother Jonbon

  • We bring you the news that owner JP McManus has paid £570k to buy Jonbon at the Goffs November P2P sale
  • Jonbon is a full brother to two-time Cheltenham Festival winner Douvan
  • The fee McManus paid for Jonbon is the highest ever received at a public point-to-point auction
  • McManus later announced that his new purchase would be trained by Nicky Henderson
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JP McManus forked out a record fee to purchase Douvan's brother at the sales. (Getty)

JP McManus opened his checkbook wide at the Goffs November Point To Point sale, splashing out a record fee on highly-rated four-year-old, Jonbon.

There was much excitement at Dromahane earlier in November, as Jonbon made his first start between the flags. Jonbon is a full-brother to Willie Mullins' Douvan, who's won eight Grade Ones during his illustrious career, including the Supreme and the Arkle at successive Cheltenham Festivals.

Ellmarie Holden prepared Jonbon for his point-to-point debut, and he didn't dissapoint, powering clear under Derek O'Connor to win by 15 lengths. 

“Derek thinks very highly of the horse." Holden said following Jonbon's winning debut. "If it wasn’t for Covid he would have run last season so he was ready to go."

“He’s a bit of a looker all right. He’s a nice horse and from the day he landed in the yard everything came so easy to him, he’s very straightforward.” 

It that performance, for which Jonbon received a massive RPR of 97, that encouraged JP McManus to snap this talented four-year-old up at the recent Goffs P2P sale. McManus was forced to splash out a whopping fee of £570k, making Jonbon the most expensive point-to-pointer ever sold at public auction.

Later in the week, McManus confirmed his new purchase would be sent to Nicky Henderson's yard, and Henderson was delighted to hear he could get his hands on this expensive recruit.

"We're delighted and very lucky to get to train him." Henderson said on Friday. "I've seen the video of him and he seems like a beautiful horse so it's exciting for everyone. When a horse costs that much there's always a bit of pressure, but we'll enjoy it, I hope."

This seems as good a time as any to bring you news on Jonbon's all-conquering brother. Douvan hasn't been seen since winning last year's Clonmel Oil Chase. The injury problems that have plagued Douvan's career struck again soon after that, and Willie Mullins said, although Douvan is "ticking along" well at home at the moment, he's unlikely to run again until 2021.

Despite his injury problems, Unibet still make Douvan a 25/1 shot in their betting for the 2021 Champion Chase.

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