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€200k Home Farm tops Goffs Punchestown sale

THE strong demand for promising National Hunt stock was very much in evidence at a successful edition of theGoffs Punchestown Festival Sale on Thursday night, which was topped by a €200,000 son of Presenting.

Of the 20 horses to come under the hammer, 14 were sold to produce an aggregate of just over €1m. The average for the sale came in at €72,357 while the median was €50,000.

“The evening has surpassed our most optimistic expectations with a vibrant atmosphere from start to finish both in the sales ring and the parade ring,” commented Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby.

“We must thank our vendors who put their faith in our ambition as well as the Punchestown executive for their enthusiastic partnership. We promised our vendors that the sale would attract a huge diversification of buyers from Ireland and the U.K, proving that the lure of Punchestown and top class potential was simply irresistible.

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“We will reflect on a job well done as tonight gives us a really sound basis upon which to build and we expect to be back here in twelve months time.”

Unquestionably the star of the show was the Ian Ferguson-owned Home Farm. The four-year-old created a big impression when winning a point-to-point at Horse And Jockey in March in a race which has in the past been won bythe likes of War Of Attrition.

There was no shortage of interest in Home Farm from the outset but ultimately the battle came down to Bobby O’Ryan and Kevin Ross and it was the latter who eventually prevailed when he quickly countered O’Ryan’s final bid to bring the selling price of €200,000.

“He’s going to be joining Arthur Moore,” reported Ross. “I know that Ian thinks an awful lot of this horse and he looks a horse that’s going to improve. He’s hopefully got a big future and he’s out of a half-sister to a Gold Cup winner.”

One of the most well touted lots to come under the hammer was Pat Doyle’s Lavirco four-year-old Royal Boy who struck on his only start in a point at Rathmorrissey in March. David Minton eventually secured the exciting gelding who is regarded by some as one of the best four-year-olds seen out this season.

“He’s been bought to go to Nicky Henderson for a new client,” stated Minton. “My wife has a horse with Pat and he has always thought a lot of him. We know a lot about him and he looks a horse with a future.”

Also coming in at €150,000 was Leave Him Alone who won a point at Kildorrery before then landing a point-to-point bumper at Cork on Easter Monday.

The other six-figure transaction came when Harold Kirk forked out €100,000 for Ger Hourigan’s Make Your Mark who was an impressive debut winner of a four-year-old point at Lisronagh last week. Hourigan has in the past produced quite a number of top class jumpers headed by War Of Attrition.

“He won very well last week and is a lovely athletic horse who should have a good future. He’ll be joining Willie Mullins,” reported Kirk.

Meanwhile Gerry Hogan paid €85,000 for Purcell’s Bridge who was third in Tuesday’s Land Rover bumper. He was bought to join Rose Dobbin’s team.

Earlier Hogan had gone to €60,000for the placed pointer Smart Money, who has filled the runner-up spot on his two outings so far.

“I’ve bought him for Peter Andrews and Andrew Jones who have been lucky before with horses bought from Tom Keating. He’s going to be trained by Jim Culloty,” commented Hogan.

Tom Malone, acting for Tim Vaughan, was once again to the fore when he spent €70,000 on the six-year-old King’s Sunset. A winner of his only start to date, King’s Sunset comes from a family that Malone knows well.

“I actually won on his half-brother Bright Approach and when I was in Pipe’s It Takes Time (a half-brother to King’s Sunset) was there,” commented Malone.

“He was well clear of the others when he won his point and has a fine future over fences. Maybe he could be a National horse some day.”




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