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Afsoun - Mick Fitzgerald - Newbury - 2006

Ben Case spent €85,000 on a son of King's Theatre. He was sold by Sunnyhill Stud and is from the family of Afsoun (pictured)

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Case spends €85,000 on a son of King's Theatre

A superb son of King’sTheatre (Lot 636) is now leading the way after Ben Case secured the Sunnyhill Stud-consigned colt for €85,000.

Blooodstock agent Aiden Murphy tried hard to buy the brother to the useful seven-time winner Balthazar King, but he had to give best to Case who quickly countered every challenge. The colt hails from the immediate family of a host of black-type performers over jumps, notably the Champion Hurdle third Afsoun.

A few minutes later John O’Byrne was once again to the fore when he spent €55,000 on a good son of Presenting from Rathbarry Stud. Lot 640 is the second foal out of the placed hurdler Regal Force, who is a daughter of the late PaddyMullins’s multiple Listed-winning jumper Force Seven.

Earlier, Paul Cashman forked out €35,000 for a Presenting colt (Lot 613) belonging to Nichola Kyle. The chesnut is a brother to the Grade 1 Leopardstown Chase winner Anothercoppercoast and could be offered for resale at a later stage.

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JOHN O’BYRNE’S quest for future talent shows no signs of relenting and he went to €37,000 for a popular son of Shantou (Lot 542) from Ashwood Stud.

The gelding is an own-brother to Dylan Ross, one of Shantou’s most promising young jumpers and an impressive winner of a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse last month.

O’Byrne also picked up a €25,000 son of Flemensfirth (Lot 558) from Grange Stud. She  is the second foal out of a four-time winning daughter of Poliglote.

Meanwhile, Richard Rohan spent €21,000 on a Kalanisi colt (Lot 569) hailing from Bishopstown Stud. He is a half-brother to the multiple Grade 3-placed Cool Quest and the Grade 2 Troytown Chase runner-up Glenquest. 

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THE FIRST full session of foals at the Tattersalls Ireland has got off to quite a brisk start.

Heading the early exchanges is a son of the late King’s Theatre who was sold by Coolcormack Stud on behalf of Robert Murphy. Lot 516, who comes from the immediate family of the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle winner Breedsbreeze, was the subject of a lengthy duel between John O’Byrne and Richard Rohan. The latter emerged victorious with a bid of €50,000.

Earlier, O’Byrne had seen off all challengers to secure a Milan colt (Lot 496) from Castlekelly Stud for €42,000. The paternal grandson of Sadler’s Wells is the fourth foal out of a placed daughter of City Honours, who is closely rated to the likes of Black Jack Ketchum, Fota Island and Luska Lad.

O’Byrne also spent €30,000 on an Oscar colt (Lot 482) belonging to Paul Leacy. The colt is the third foal out of a winning point-to-pointer and a half-sister to Nicky Henderson’s top-class hurdler and Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle winner Oscar Whisky.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
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