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Case sets pace to secure €22k son of Court Cave

ENGLISH trainer Ben Case is setting the pace on day one of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale,  going to €22,000 for a three-year-old son of Court Cave  from Palace Farm. Lot 165, whose stallion has made a promising start with his initial runners, is the first foal out of an Old Vic half-sister to the Listed-winning hurdler Always In Trouble.

The previous highest price had been the  €15,000 paid by  Gerry Keane for a well related daughter of  the late King’s Theatre from Pipe View Stud.

The three-year-old (Lot 82) enjoyed a notable update to her pedigree earlier this year when her Arthur Moore-trained half-brother Organisedconfusion recorded a famous success in the Irish Grand National.

Earlier Michael Hyde went to €12,500 for a daughter of Oscar from the Jamestown Consignment. Lot 62 is the second foal out of a Heron Island mare who is an own-sister to Jonjo O’Neill’s Grade 2 bumper winner Crocodiles Rock.

A son  of Definite Article was the highlight in some very quiet opening stages, when only five of the first 23 lots through the ring changed hands. From Dimond Stud, he is  the first foal out of the useful four-times winning jumper Desperado Queen and was bought by Wexford-based trainer John Paul Brennan for €13,000. The three-year-old is quiteclosely related to the classy Adrian Maguire inmate Let Yourself Go.





King's Theatre £911,455
Presenting £845,161
Beneficial £702,808
Milan £659,876
Oscar £640,045
Westerner £541,350
Flemensfirth £459,709
Kayf Tara £420,404
Midnight Legend £358,793
Stowaway £354,737