Two not-to-be-missed sales are being hosted by Brightwells in the coming weeks.

The first is of horses belonging to trainer John “Mad” Manners, who died in October, aged 83.

Famous for winning races such as the Aintree Fox Hunters’ he was also known for his eccentricities. In 1982 he was fined for vaulting the rails at Cheltenham and chasing winner Knight Of Love up the run-in.

John’s widow Audrey will sell 50 thoroughbreds at Common Farm, Swindon, on 5 June. All will be sold without a reserve.

Brightswells’s Andrew Elliott said: “John was a real character. It will be a very sad sale, but is an excellent opportunity to become a part of the ‘Manners magic’.”

And, on 29 May, Brightwells hosts its first ever sale of elite Spanish horses, at Yeguada Lago Stud in Dorchester.

The sale will include Pural Raza Espanola (Andalusian), Lusitano and part-bred Iberians.

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This article was first published in Horse & Hound (6 May, ’10)