A weanling brother to hurdler Black Jack Ketchum (left) topped Day 2 Part 2 of the Tattersalls November NH Sale held at Fairyhouse yesterdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Brighter day's trade at Tattersalls November
THE figures for Day 2 Part 2 of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale finished some way adrift of 2007 withthe turnover of just over €1m and the average of €9,133 down by 36 and 19 per cent.
However, yesterday's trade was the best witnessed at this sale so far and the clearance rate of 53 per cent (63 last year) was the highest of the five sessions to date. While the session was operating on a lower level compared to previous years, the consensus among purchasers was that there was still plenty of competition for the better foals.
Brotherto Black Jack Ketchum heads the day
An Oscar colt from a very successful jumping dynasty topped the session when selling to owner Joe Sloan for €58,000.
The family is no stranger to taking a high rank at thissale as the Listed-placed mare, Cailin Supreme, was also responsible for a Milan colt who sold for a then world record €140,000 for a National Hunt foal at this sale in 2005.
"He's an own-brother to a top-classhorse and comes from a standout pedigree," commented Sloan, whose wife Pat has had her colours carried to notable successes in recent seasons through the likes of Iktitaf, Mr Nosie and last season's Royal Bond Novice Hurdle winner Muirhead.
"We'll take him home for a couple of years and see what happens and hopefully he will be as lucky as some of the others that we have had," he added.
Form update pushes Definite Article colt's price upwards
Earlier in the day Fiona Kinnear struck for a popular son of Definite Article who cost €36,000. The colt is a brother to two winners, notably the talented Howard Johnson inmate Striking Article who made such an impressive chasing debut last month.
"I thought that he might cost a bit less but he is a very nice foal and the sire already seems to have worked quite well with the mare," stated Kinnear. "Hopefully Striking Article can go on to do more and the intention would be to bring this horse back for resale in a few years."
The Pat Kinsella colt was consigned by Patricia and Billy Doyle's Ashwood Stud and the latter was more than happy with the selling price. "We felt that he was a nice foal and we were hoping that he could make €20,000 but all the right people seemed to be on him and he sold well. Striking Article getting into black-type recently was surely help and hopefully there will be much more to come from him," commented Doyle.
Cashman supports his sire
Liam Cashman, who stands Presenting, snapped up a son of the leading sire from Rheindross Stud for €34,000. The Brian Walsh-owned colt is out of the Grade 3-placed mare Supreme Touch who made €80,000 at this sale three years ago. This was her second produce with her first, an Old Vic filly, having made €27,000 herein 2006.
"He's a very good foal and was probably the pick of the day," remarked Cashman. "He's got bone and substance and looks like he'll be right at home over fences eventually. I'll probably keep him but we'll see what happens," stated Cashman.
Peter Molony went to €29,000 for a son of Westerner out of a half-sister to Royal Predica who sprung quite a shock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham in 2003. The Conna Stud-consigned colt will be resold at a later date.