Chrisalice sells for 50,000gns at Tattersalls
A BID of 50,000gns from recent ITBA Special Recognition Award winner John O'Byrne was enough to secure Total Gallery's half-sister Chrisalice.
Philip Myerscough opened the bidding for the daughter of Lujain at just 5,000gns but it didn't take long for her to surpass the 30,000gns mark, at which point she became the subject of a duel between O'Byrne - standing with Coolmore representative Kevin Buckley - and Michael Donohoe of the BBA Ireland.
Hyde looked to have secured Chrisalice once the bidding hit 40,000gns but just as the hammer was about to come down, Seamus Kennedy, part-owner of the mare's dam Diary, entered the fray to drive the price up to 50,000gns.
"She's for myself and looking at her family, could work with any of the Coolmore stallions," said O'Byrne of the six-year-old, whose yearling High Chaparral half-sister was sold to Demi O'Byrne for 300,000gns at last year's Tattersalls December Sale.
Kennedy picked up Diary for just 11,000gns at this sale in 2005 but luck has not been on his side today with none of the four well-related mares from his and Michael Woodlock's Castlefield Stud changing hands.
They include Pinkabout, for whom bidding stalled at 68,000gns, and Fairy Festival, a half-sister to Benbaun who was led out unsold at 48,000gns.
So far, 20 lots have been sold for a total of 74,500gns, an average of 3,725gns and median of 1,600gns - barely enough to cover any sale costs. The clearance rate is 34 per cent.