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Jumps stores should do more before selling

DOING more with the traditional Irish National Hunt store in their formative years and thus having them closer to the track at the time of sale was one of the central themes to emerge from a key symposium at the Irish Throughbred Breeders Association Expo 2010 at Goffs yesterday.


Henry Beeby: "people want to be closer to the action"


Titled ‘National Hunt Racing and Breeding, The Way Forward' the eight man forum, chaired by John O'Connor, were unanimous in their assertion that National Hunt stores should have more done before they come under the hammer. This was in response to the question of whether the old fashioned Irish bred jumper was still relevant.

Agent Kevin Ross highlighted that the key issue with the traditional national hunt store was the length of time that people have to wait for these individuals while he added that French breds suit owners because they are closer to the track.

"We need to get horses going earlier and the earlier you do something with a horse they better they'll be," said Ross.

Tattersalls Ireland's Simon Kerins remarked that vendors are being encouraged to have horses broken prior to their sale. However, he pointed out that there needs to be a very clear definition of what constitutes being broken.

"The general consensus is that purchasers want horses who are ready to run at an earlier stage," commented Kerins.

This was a point echoed by Goffs CEI Henry Beeby who stated: "People want to be closer to the action. It's not enough to say that a horse is broken though, this has to be very clearly explained."

Bobby O'Ryan felt that having horses broken by the time they arrived at a major store sale would be a great step forward while he hailed the arrival of National Hunt breeze-up auctions to the sales calendar as a good addition.

Trainer Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins: would like to
see jumps breeze-up entrants
jump a hurdle

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris 

Both Ross and reigning champion national hunt trainer Willie Mullins felt that it would be quite beneficial at National Hunt breeze-up sales to actually see the various candidates having to jump a hurdle or two while put through their paces.

In terms of the relevance of the traditional National Irish Hunt horse, Mullins outlined his affinity with these types of individuals.

"They are the type of horse that I like to train but they became very expensive. Horses in France with both experience and form were just a bit more expensive than a well-bred untried store here," stated Mullins.

Rathmore Stud man and ITBA representative Peter Molony pointed out that having the traditional store closer to the track come the time of a sale could be a very valuable marketing tool.

On the subject of the economic downturn, Molony added that while this has made for very tough times it has also acted as a curb to an over supplied market place in addition to bringing prices down, THUS putting Irish bred stores in a more competitive position.

Another point to be discussed was the number of unraced mares represented in sale catalogues. On this point Richard Aston of Goldford Stud remarked that "rushing unraced well bred fillies off to stud can in fact dilute pedigrees and these fillies should be given a chance to race themselves."




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