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Best Mate: the sale-topper is out of a sister to the triple Gold Cup winner

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Presenting colt streets ahead at Tatts Ireland

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold
 Agg.  Ave.  Med.
 2010  329  286  104  36  601,900  5,788  3,000
 2009  328  236  98  42  577,800  5,896  3,000

A REGALLY bred son of Presenting whose three-year-old sister has the distinction of being the most expensive jumps-bred foal ever sold, held sway at the Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale today when making €80,000 - over three times as much as the next highest-priced lot.

The final figures for the one day auction saw the turnover increase by four percent to just over €600,000. The average of €5,788 was down two per cent while the median of €3,000 held steady.

However, the clearance rate did drop from 42 per cent in 2009 to 36 percent this time around and it was a challenging day for the majority of vendors.

Consigned by Michael Hickey's Sunnyhill Stud on behalf of his breeders Philip and Jane Myerscough, the colt is out of Sidalcea, who was responsible for the €210,000 filly that smashed the world record price for a store foal here in November 2007.

A Punchestown bumper winner, Sidalcea has the distinction of being a half-sister to triple Gold Cup scorer Best Mate and the Grade 1-winning novice hurdler Cornish Rebel.

Auctioneer Edmond Mahony received an opening bid of €20,000 and it wasn't long before the bidding swept past €50,000. Agent Aiden Murphy did his best to secure the colt, whose sire has already supplied two Gold Cup winners, but he had to give best to Gortskeagh Bloodstock.

A representative of the Irish-based Gortskeagh outfit remarked: "He's a terrific sort and his family speaks for itself. We'll take him home and make a decision on what to do with him in due course".

Much earlier in the day the pace was set by the very first lot into the ring, as a Moorpark Stud-consigned daughter of Flemensfirth came the way of BBA Ireland agent Eamon Reilly for €26,000. She is out of a winning own-sister to the Bula Hurdle hero Valiramix whose other siblings include the very smart hurdler De Valira.

"She's a very good-looking filly who has been bought on behalf of an existing client with a view to being resold later on," stated Reilly. "She's by a sire doing very well and comes from a high class family too."

Gerard Quirke, who bred the 2007 Ballymore Properties Novice Hurdle winner Massini's Maguire, enjoyed a fruitful afternooncourtesy of two close relations of the Cheltenham Festival winner.

The first of was a son of Presenting out of a sister to Massini's Maguire who cost John O'Byrne €25,000. "He's a good sort and is closely related to a top class horse. I actually bought Massini's Maguire as a yearling," said O'Byrne.

Quirke also supplied an Oscar half-sister to Massini's Maguire who cost Aiden Murphy €24,000. Murphy is also well acquainted with the family having bought the Ballymore winner for 200,000gns after he had won a Limerick bumper for Margaret Mullins in May 2005.

A short while later the agent also forked out €21,000 for a daughter of Presenting out of the Listed bumper scorer Native Bid.

"They're two nice fillies with good pedigrees and they look good value. The Presenting filly has a few to run for her including a three-year-old Old Vic half-brother who is a very good looking horse. A decision on what will be done with these fillies will be made at a later stage," reported Murphy.

Meanwhile Martin Cullinane, who bought the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Saoire in the Tattersalls Ireland sale ring as a yearling, spent €19,000 on a son of the Irish St Leger winner Turgeon. The Ennel Bloostock offering comes from a strong French jumping family. 

As the sale neared its conclusion Cullinane was again to the fore when he spent €18,000 for a daughter of Robin Des Champs belonging to John Halliday.

The two-year-old, who shares her sire with last year’s Cheltenham Festival heroine Quevega, is a half-sister to a six-time winner in France.

She hails from the same family as a Turgeon yearling who cost Cullinane €19,000 earlier in the day.




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