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€100,000 Haatef colt lights up Goresbridge

THE best was saved until last at the latest edition of the Goresbridge Breeze Sale as Stephen Hillen forked out €100,000 for a son of Haatef who was one of the final lots into the ring at Friday's sale.

An expectant crowd remained in attendance to see the grandson of Danzig come under the hammer and he did not disappoint with the bidding quickly sweeping past €50,000 for the colt who hailed from Brendan Holland's Grove Stud. Russell McNabb, Ross Doyle and lastly Lars Kelp were all involved in the battle for the colt whose sire got off the mark with one of his first runners last Friday but it was Hillen who carried the day.

"He did a very good breeze and we liked the horse a lot. He's by a son of Danzig so he has a great chance and he's related to a host of very good horses. He looks the complete two-year-old package and he'll be going into training with Kevin Ryan," said Hillen, whose purchase comes from the immediate family of such high class runners as Border Patrol and Lesson In Humility.

With the sale producing a six figure top lot for the third time, this looked another solid renewal of Ireland's only breeze-up auction and towards the end of yesterday's sale Goresbridge's Martin Donohoe expressed his satisfaction with proceedings.

"We're very happy with things have gone. The clearance again looks very high and we've attracted a good range of customers once again," said Donohoe. "Possibly we didn't have as many international clients here this year but on the other hand we attractedconsiderably more English agents and trainers. We are very pleased with the sale has gone, the overall quality looks to have improved again and hopefully we can progress things further next year."





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