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John O'Byrne paid €42,000 for a Milan gelding from the family of Black Jack Ketchum (pictured)



King's Theatre colt
tops at Fairyhouse

An €85,000 King’s Theatre gelding was the star turn as the foal section of theTattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale began in earnest yesterday.

The final figures for the first full day of foals showed good gains on 2010. The turnover of over €1.8m was up by over a third. The median improved by 31 per cent to €8,500, while the average progressed by eight per cent at €11,640. In addition, the clearance rate improved from 53 to 65 per cent.

Trade certainly appeared to move up several gears during the third day of the sale as those buying to race and pinhookers attempted to stockpile future talent for the coming years.

The session topper, who was consigned by Michael Hickey’s Sunnyhill Stud, became the centre of a lengthy battle between Aiden Murphy and Ben Case with the latter emerging victorious.

Interestingly, the €85,000 purchase price for the relation to the Champion Hurdle third Afsoun comfortably surpassed the €65,000 mark, which was enough to buy the top-priced foal at this sale last year.

Ben Case - Trainer

Ben Case: bought today's top lot


“He has been bought for Lady Jane Grosvenor and hopefully he might be back here in a few years for the Derby Sale,” said Case. “He’s a very good-looking horse who is an own-brother to a seven-time winner and we felt that he was the best foal here today. Unfortunately King’s Theatre has passed away, but his progeny will be at a premium from now on,” commented Case.

An especially busy John O’Byrne made his presence felt throughout the day and his spending was headed by a €55,000 son of Presenting from Rathbarry Stud, who is out of a daughter of the classy mare Force Seven.

O’Byrne’s other notable purchases included a €42,000 Milan gelding from the family of Black Jack Ketchum and Fota Island, and he also paid €37,000 for a Shantou own-brother to Noel Meade’s promising novice hurdler Dylan Ross.

For the full sale report, see Wednesday's Racing Post






King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470