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Dessie Hughes pays €43k for Old Vic gelding

THE second day of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale has got off to a better start than the first and Dessie Hughes is now leading the way after going to €43,000 for a son of Old Vic (Lot 368) from Sunnyhill Stud, where the Sadler’s Wells stallion resided for much of his stud career.

Hughes is already quite familiar with the family as he trained the three-year-old’s full-sister Grangeclare Gold to win six races and he also had care of their close relation Grangeclare Lark, who was a triple Grade 3 winner.


A son of Flemensfirth earlier led the way after he was bought by Lime Stud for €25,000. Consigned by Ardrums House Stud on behalf of Fiona Magee, the three-year-old (Lot 343) is the fourth foal out of the useful juvenile hurdlerEluna.

Meanwhile, in a private sale, Donal Hassett bought a Beneficial four-year-old from Peter Molony’s Rathmore Stud for €13,000. Lot 328 is a half-brother to a winner out of a half-sister to a Listed-winning jumper in France.

The earlier pace setter was a three-year-old son of Milan, sire of yesterday’s €27,000 session topper, who was knocked down to Ben De Haan Racing at €12,000.

The Graigue Farm-consigned gelding (Lot 312) is out of a half-sister to Willie Mullins’ 1995 Supreme Novices' Hurdle heroine Tourist Attraction.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £928,943
Presenting £854,809
Beneficial £702,808
Milan £673,067
Oscar £656,070
Westerner £543,568
Flemensfirth £465,623
Kayf Tara £421,559
Stowaway £372,236
Midnight Legend £361,335