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Aiden Murphy tops November Sale again

FOR the second day in succession Warwickshire-based agent Aiden Murphy bought the top lot at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale when forking out €95,000 for a son of Flemensfirth from Kenilworth House Stud.

The colt is out of the Champion Hurdle third Bilboa whose seven victories took in the Adonis and Glenlivet Anniversary Novices Hurdles. Ben Case provided the stiffest opposition but despite auctioneer Todd Watt's best exhortations Case was unable to top Murphy's bid.

"He's been bought for Graham Roach who asked me the buy him what I thought were the twonicest foals in the sale and that's what I have tried to do," said Murphy. "This colt was a good sort and he's out of a top-class racemare."

"I feel privileged to be asked by Graham to fill the shoes of the lateKeith Lewis who used to buy his horses. Keith was a good friend and a great judge and if I can do half as good a job as him I'll be doing well."

Colt by young sire Gamut fethes €60,000
Earlier a half-brother to Tom Taaffe's 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Kicking King from the second crop of the Group 1 scorer Gamut made €60,000 when selling to Timmy Hillman.

Offered by his breeder Michael Hickey's Sunnyhill Stud, the colt boasted a notable update to his pedigree as his half-brother Table Talk made a winning debut in a Naas bumper last Saturday. That success ensured that their dam, Fairy Blaze, has now bred six winners from as many runners.

"He's a good colt from a top page. His sire was a high-class horse on the Flat and could do very well as a jumping sire," commented Hillman.

The previous lot into the ring was a Presenting colt out an unracedown-sister to Kicking King and he cost John O'Byrne €43,000.

Profitable day for Mill House Stud
As Part 2 of the sale drew to a close Gatterstown Stud forked out €83,000 for another by the popular sire Flemensfirth, this time from Mill House Stud. He is out of the useful mare Cresswell Native whose family goes back to that of the top class Browne's Gazette.

The Mill House Stud draft also included the day's top priced filly, a daughter of Presenting out of Blue Dante who cost Richard Cotter €43,000.

Mernagh swaps roles
Much earlier George Mernagh, acting on behalf of a client, went to €43,000 in order to secure a Goldneyev half-sister to Willie Mullins' Grade 1-winning novice chaser J'Y Vole who was consigned by Cleaboy Stud & Coppice Farm.

 "She's a lovely, good moving, well balancedfilly from a current pedigree," remarked Mernagh. "I've bought her for Fiona Magee who also purchased the own-brother to Striking Article here on Monday. This filly will be for resale".

Sky could be the Limit
Elsewhere an Old Vic half-brother to the Coral Cup winner and Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup hopeful Sky's The Limit was snapped up by Eugene McDermott's Kennycourt Stud for €40,000.

 "There could be more to come from Sky's The Limit and hopefully he won't look bad value by the time that he returns to the sales ring," stated John Dineen.

 

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Dansili £409,840
Galileo £393,745
Kyllachy £337,993
Shamardal £331,637
Fastnet Rock £318,753
Acclamation £298,836
Exceed And Excel £275,934
Invincible Spirit £274,751