In October 1992 I bought a yearling colt at Tattersalls Sales. He'd been bred in Ireland and he was a bargain at 3,800 guineas.
By Kefaah, a Group 3 winner over ten furlongs, his dam, the Blakeney mare Blaze of Light was unraced. I was that bloody confident I'd got a bargain that I called him 'Purevalue'.
Bred for jumping, I put him out in the field to grow, bringing him in towards the end of the summer of 1994.
Russ Garritty rode Purevalue on his debut in a bumper at Newcastle and despite running green he finished third. After a second outing in a Nottingham bumper he was given another summer to grow and made his hurdling debut at Haydock in December.
In February 1996 Purevalue won for the first time, under that great horseman Richard Dunwoody. This was Purevalue's first win for his new owner, Mr Simmons, as I'd sold him at the turn of the year. Rated 90 he hacked up in a novice hurdle at Haydock and after being placed in his next two outings Brian Harding won on him at Wetherby.
Rising up the weights he was able to tackle better company and further wins in '97 at Wetherby and Newcastle brought down the curtain on his hurdling career and we schooled him over fences in preparation for novice chasing. He also changed ownership, to run in the orange and green silks of Mrs Turpin.
His fencing debut at Market Rasen didn't go to plan, and he made a mess of just the second fence and Adrian Maguire fell off him, but runner up in his next two outings showed his education was working.
The year 1998 began well, with wins at Market Rasen and Hexham, before finishing third on the Mildmay course at Aintree. Then at the end of '98 Purevalue won at Newcastle for Peter Niven.
The horse loved Newcastle and the 1999/2000 jumps season saw him notch up a further two wins around Gosforth Park. Next came a bit of a gamble, as we put him in the Northern National at the end of February at his favourite track. Four miles in heavy ground was too much for the lad and he was pulled up four out, despite putting in a brave effort over a longer trip than he had ever known before.
Purevalue wasn't to win again, and he switched to Point-to-Pointing, trained by my son David. He managed a few placed runs before retiring in 2004.
Purevalue's career consisted of 38 runs under rules, winning nine times and collecting over £40,000 in prizemoney. He was a mainstay on the northern jumps circuit for many seasons, but he didn't like to travel south and of his nine wins the furthest south he ever won was Haydock Park and Market Rasen, draw a line between them two courses and he just didn't fire. Another of me bargain buys, he gave us a good return for the 3,800 guineas we paid for him.