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DBS: Malone snaps up pointer for £140,000

Lot 157A: Clondaw Knight arrived at the sale as the highest rated four-year-old point-to-pointer in Ireland after running out an eight-length winner of his only completed start at Inch for Colin Bowe and was duly highly sought after, selling to Tom Malone and Lucinda Russell for £140,000.

Richard Kent and Aiden Murphy were among those keen to secure the son of Heron Island but they had no answer to the triumvirate of Malone, Russell and owner Sandy Seymour, in whose colours Brindisi Breeze won the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

"I've been raving about this horse for a while," said Malone. "He's a very exciting young prospect. I saw him in the spring and loved him but he picked up a niggling injury which kept him out - this is the first sale he's been through.

"Lucinda [Russell] and I sat down and chatted about him and while it's not ideal to be spending this kind of money on a horse, if he goes on, he could be anything."

Prior to today, Seymour had just one horse in training but has boosted that number following several other private purchases this morning.

"I bought two others privately this morning and this one is a lovely horse," he said. "I've got only one other horse in training - Brindisi Breeze's older half-brother Eyre Apparent."

Lot 134A: the Mullins family will maintain their connection with the highly promising four-year-old Union Dues after agent Harold Kirk secures the gelding for £41,000. Willie Mullins will take charge of the son of Malinas, who was sold as a supplementary entry by Watree Stud after winning his debut, a competitive bumper at Killarney, for Anthony Mullins last month.

"Obviously he was trained by Willie's brother Tony and ridden by Patrick [Mullins] when he won at Killarney," said Kirk. "Patrick was very impressed with him that day.

"Hopefully he can progress into a good hurdler. He's also by a sire [Yorton Farm stallion Malinas], who is doing well."

Lot 132 - His Excellency, the winner of a Grade 2 juvenile at Leopardstown for Gordon Elliott last season, is heading to David Pipe on behalf of an undisclosed client after selling for £30,000. Fellow Devon trainer Leslie Jefford, taking instructions by phone, struck the successful bid. 

The King's Best gelding was the highlight of the first instalment of the Gigginstown Stud draft, which totalled £69,300. Other highlights included the Grade 1-placed hurdler Big Game Hunter (128), who was snapped up by Tim Vaughan for £12,000, and Grey Soldier (131), a Listed winner at Deauville and Grade 2-placed performer over hurdles who was sold for £13,000.

Lot 112 - Benefit Cut made an impressive winning debut when taking a Musselburgh bumper in June but his potential isn't enough to see the son of Beneficial change hands. The gelding is set to return to Mark Rimell after failing to sell at £48,000.

He is followed into the ring by Mason Brown David (114A), who won his second start, a bumper at Southwell, last month. However, the son of Luso also fails to sell at £48,000.

Lot 75A - Dursey Sound, who made a promising start to his career on Saturday when second to Annie's Power in a bumper at Galway for Charlie Swan, is set to join Jonjo O'Neill after selling for £60,000.

O'Neill came in at £52,000 and had to fight off Aiden Murphy for the four-year-old son of Milan, who was sent through as a supplementary entry by Camas Park Stud.

"He ran a good first race at Galway last Saturday and looks a nice type to go hurdling with," said O'Neill. "I don't know who will own him yet.

"He's fit and ready to run, and big enough to do anything - hopefully win!"

Several lots earlier, another supplementary entry, Dat's The Plan (60A), provoked some spirited bidding when knocked down to Darragh Hennessy for £58,000. The son of Arakan was the six-length winner of his debut, a Newton Abbot bumper, last month.

The average is currently running at £3,535 for 31 (63%) sold.

Lot 16 - triple winner Kilflora breathes life into a sluggish opening hour of this year's DBS August Sale when selling to agent Tom Malone for £15,000.

The nine-year-old son of Alflora is so far the only lot to break five figures although dual-winning pointer Dushrembrandt (39) was later unsold at £23,000.

Kilflora arrived at the sale in good form, having filled the frame in each of his past seven starts for Philip Fenton. A versatile performer, he has won a bumper, over hurdles and fences.

Of the first 18 lots offered, 11 have been sold at an average of £4,036.




King's Theatre £948,417
Presenting £889,316
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £757,104
Milan £711,606
Westerner £562,432
Flemensfirth £516,588
Kayf Tara £470,195
Stowaway £400,859
Midnight Legend £396,669