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Dunguib: Philip Dempsey paid €40,000 for his Vinnie Roe half-brother

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Son of Presenting holds sway at Tatts Ire opener

Tatts Ire Nov stores/older horses comparative figures (€)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  94  75  32  43  84,000  2,625  2,000
 2008  183  106  36  34  148,200  4,117  2,000

Tatts Ire Nov yearlings comparative figures (€)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  206  173  83  48  908,650  10,948  7,000
 2008  532  442  169  38  1,997,800  11,818  8,500

WITH a bid of €50,000, Highflyer Bloodstock's Anthony Bromley picked up a very popular son of Presenting and thus the top lot on the opening session of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale.

With a catalogue just over half the size of last year, the five-day auction began with a session devoted to older horses and yearlings. It was predictably tough going in the older horse section but trade picked up appreciably once the yearlings took over.

This section provided all the day's highlights and none more so than the chesnut Presenting from Pat Connell's Peria Stud. He is a half-brother to the Irish Cesarewitch winner Zimbabwe out of a daughter of the Irish St Leger third Zafadola. Just minutes earlier Bromley gave €42,000 on a Fair Mix gelding from Stow Stud whose dam is a daughter of the triple Cleeve Hurdle heroine Lady Rebecca.

"They've both been bought for Dai Walters. They were two lovely athletic types and happily we are able to get them both" reported Bromley. "The Presenting is a really good sort with lots of scope but also plenty of speed and class in his family - it's a good Aga Khan family and back in the pedigree you have good jumpers likes Zafarabad whom David (Minton) bought to go jumping a few years ago."

Earlier Aiden Murphy spent €46,000 on a Kayf Tara gelding consigned by Mill House Stud. The March-born gelding is the second foal out of a four-times winning half-sister to the Persian War Novices Hurdle hero Champagne Harry.

"He's been bought for John Hales to race. He's by a sire going places and he's a horse with lots of scope," commented Murphy.
Last year's €58,000 top price in this section proved to be out of reach. However, the usual client base were vying for the pick of the yearlings and among those was Kennycourt Stud man Eugene McDermott.

He had to settle for the runner-up spot in his pursuit of the aforementioned Kayf Tara but did land a daughter of Oscar out of Spirit Leader, who during the 2002/03 camapign completed a notable treble for Jessica Harrington when winningthe William Hill, Tote Gold Trophy and County Hurdles. She cost €37,000.

"She's a lovely filly and is out of a high class hurdler," commented McDermott. "The plan with her like the other ones that we have bought today will be to bring her back to the Derby Sale as a three-year-old but with the pedigree she has you could quite easily keep her to race and then breed from."
Among the other purchases to fall under the Kennycourt banner was a Lahib half-brother to Diamond Harry from Piper's Hall Stud who made €16,5000.

Few horses in the sale could boast a sibling the quality of a Vinnie Roe gelding from Yerville Stables. He is a half-brother to the outstanding bumper horse Dunguib, who recently made a flawless start to his hurdling career, and was snapped up by Philip Dempsey for €40,000.

"He's a very nice horse and probably wasn't overly expensive, the sky's the limit for Dunguib. We'll get him home first and then see what we'll do with him," commented Dempsey.

The popular Presenting was in demand throughout the day and among his most sought after representatives was a gelding from Rathmore Stud who came the way of David Redvers at €33,000. He is the fourth foal out of a Listed-placed bumper mare whose siblings are headed by the Roland Meyrick Chase hero and Christies Foxhunter's Chase runner-up Gunner Welburn.

"I loved him. He was one of the standouts here today and I was delighted to get him," stated Redvers. "He has been bought for an investment syndicate to be reoffered as a three-year-old at either the Derby Sale or at Doncaster. It's rare you find an individual as correct and with much as quality as he does to go with a very good pedigree. I felt that we might have to give a good bit more for him."

Meanwhile John O'Byrne went to €32,000 for another representative by Denman and War Of Attrition's sire who is out of a half-sister to the top class Merry Gale.

Matt Coleman of Anthony Stroud Bloodstock made his presence felt when going to €23,000 for another son of Presenting consigned by Torard House Stud. The chesnut is the first foal produced by a four times winning jumper.

"He's been bought for a North of England-based consortium and we will take him home and see what happens before making a decision on what to do with him. He's a very good individual by a top sire."




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