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First thoroughbred sale for Northern Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND'S first sale of thoroughbreds will take place on Wednesday January 12, when 32 lots of broodmares, horsesin training and youngstock are set to pass through the ring at Hilltown Farmers Market, County Down.

Local breeder John Kidd, who stands September Storm, has been involved in setting up the new sale. He said: "It's been mooted for a good while that it would be good to have a sale in the north. When we go south to sell in euro it's a big loss to change the money into sterling. This sale is testing the water. Hopefully it will work and can be built on. It would be great to see a couple of sales a year [here in the future].

The Hilltown sale ground is commonly used for sheep and cattle. "It should be fairly bloodstock friendly", said Kidd. "It's an area that has a lot of horse people around it."

The sale includes horses from the immediate families of Corskeagh Royale, Scots Grey, Grey Dragoon, Spirit Leader and extended families of Jodami, See More Business, Pandorama and Le Coudray. Two-year-old geldings by Generous, Lahib, Jimble and September Storm are set to be auctioned, as are yearlings by September Storm, Dr Massini and Winged Love.

Hilltown market is located ten miles east of Newry, close to the A25 to Downpatrick. Lots can be viewed from 5pm, with the sale commencing at 7pm.





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