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Satisfactory results at Goresbridge Breeze-Up

A €55,000 son of Bertolini held sway at the fourth staging of the Goresbridge Flat Breeze-Up Sale yesterday when selling to Gill Richardson after she emerged victorious in a protracted duel with Russell McNabb.

The final sale of the European breeze-up circuit was bolstered by a significant and diverse international contingent with Italian interests particularly active alongside those from Norway and Austria, amongst others.

At the end of the afternoon, Goresbridge managing director Martin Donohoe expressed his satisfaction with the sale's aggregate of €689,700,  average of €8,842 and 83 per cent clearance rate.

The sale topper was bought for owner Jaber Abdullah and will go into training with Curragh handler Paul Deegan, who made his first runner for Abdullah a winning one when Dream Deer scored Dundalk earlier this month. He is a half-brother to John Oxx's Listed-winning juvenile Flash McGahon.

"He's a good quality sort and looks a nice horse. He seemed to do things well in his breeze too," reported Richardson.

Earlier a €30,000 colt hailing from the first crop of Trade Fair sold to agent Henrietta Michael. Consigned by Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables, the colt is a half-brother to last year's English andIrish 2000 Guineas third Stubbs Art and comes from the immediate family of the Challenge Stakes winner Just James. Michael, who works for McKeever-St Lawrence, was on this occasion acting on behalf of French agent Marc Antoine Berghgracht.

"He's a lovely horse who breezed well this morning and he's a half-brother to a very smart colt. I actually know the family quite well as when I was working for Charlie Gordon-Watson when he bought Just James as a yearling," commented Michael.

The very next lot into the ring was also in demand and the Monsieur Bond colt from Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables was snapped up by Bobby O'Ryan for €23,000. O'Ryan also struck for a €20,000 son of Brahms from a smart American family.

"They are both good sorts who went well this morning and they will be going into training with Debbie Sanderson, who trains near Bawtry," reported O'Ryan.

The earlypace was set by a colt from the promising first crop of the King's Stand Stakes hero Chineur, who cost the BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe €22,000. There was no shortage of interest surrounding the Tally-Ho Stud offering, who is out of a half-sister to the smart Broche, with Donohoe eventually fought off Russell McNabb.

"He's a really good sort of horse who breezed well and I was delighted to get him. He comes from a very good home and I'd be very hopeful for the sire, he could be the real deal," stated Donohoe, who was acting on behalf of an existing client.

The prolific Marco Bozzi was once again to the fore with a number of purchases throughout the day and among these was a son of the American sire Strong Hope who made €14,500. He was consigned by Tom Whitehead's Powerstown Stud.




Galileo £11,596,660
Dark Angel £3,699,044
Dubawi £3,194,697
Frankel £2,707,058
Kodiac £2,229,292
Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882