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Trabolgan: Gerry Hogan paid €50,000 for a son of Oscar related to the Hennessy Gold Cup winner

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Flemensfirth gelding tops fair Land Rover opener

A €60,000 son of Flemensfirth led the way as the Goffs Land Rover Sale got off to quite an encouraging start on Thursday in a session that was dominatedby Gerry Hogan.

Three of the top four lots on the day were snapped up by Hogan and the most expensive of these was the aforementioned son of Flemensfirth, who made €19,000 at the 2008 December National Hunt Sale here on his previous visit to the sales ring. The grandson of Alleged, who shares his sire with the likes of Imperial Commander and Pandorama, is a half-brother to three winners and the promising four-year-old point-to-pointer Don't Back Down.

Much earlier in the day Hogan spent €50,000 on a son of Oscar whose progeny were certainly in demand yesterday. The John O'Dwyer-owned three-year-old hails from a family that goes back to the top class Trabolgan.

"I liked both of them a lot. They are lovely athletic horses who have got lots of scope and they look like nice horses for the future. I've bought them for existing clients," said Hogan. His spending continued apace later on as he forkedout €50,000 for a son of Milan from Conna Stud.

Margaret O'Toole had threatened to take centre stage at one point when she gave €57,000 for an Oscar gelding from Castledillon Stud. The three-year-old is out of a half-sister to the smart bumper horse Mount Clerigo.

"He's just a very nice horse by a stallion who is after enjoying another excellent season. Let's hope that he'll be lucky," commented Ms. O'Toole, who was acting for a client and whose acquisition cost €23,000 as a foal.

Noel Meade made several purchases during the day and the most expensive of these was a Flemensfirth gelding from Summerhill who hails from the family of the Racing Post Chase scorerSimon.

After paying €42,000 for the gelding Meade stated: "I think he's a very nice horse. There was just a lot to like about him and he looks a readymade sort that we'll be able to crack on with as a four-year-old".

Nicky Richards will take charge of a very popular son of the French Group 2 winner Morozov from the family of Harbour Pilot and Monty's Pass after he was knocked down to Gerry Griffin for €40,000.

"It's a good family and he's very nice horse while Nicky actually trained his half-sister Cornerback who was quite a useful sort before she retired to stud. He's for an existing owner," stated Griffin.

Elsewhere Jonjo O'Neill spent E40,000 on a son of Presenting related to Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy and he gave €31,000 for another son of the Mtoto horse out of an own-sister to Dato Star.


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STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £948,417
Presenting £889,316
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £757,104
Milan £711,606
Westerner £562,432
Flemensfirth £516,588
Kayf Tara £470,195
Stowaway £400,859
Midnight Legend £396,669