A half-sister to J'y Vole has been the pick of Tattersalls IrelandPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Half-sister to J'y Vole is star of Tattersalls Ireland
THE Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale came to life when a yearling King's Theatre half-sister to Grade 1 winning chaser J'y Vole, entered the ring and provoked a bidding duel which saw Richard Aston of Goldford Stud have the final say at €62,000.
After getting the better of Glenn Walker for the filly, who was consigned by Cleaboy Stud and Coppice Farm, Aston, owner of the Cheshire-based stud, said: "I'm in shock. I came here to buy half-sisters to this filly in 2009 and again last year and was underbidder for both of them.
"With the pedigree she has she doesn't really need to do anything, but we'll take her home, let her grow and then take a view. I'd like to race her but we'll wait and see. I might have to make up a bed in the spare room at home (after paying the price)."
J'y Reste, the filly's dam, has bred four winners, the most notable of whom is the eight year old J'y Vole who is trained by Willie Mullins and has won three hurdle races and five steeplechases including the Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown three yearsago.
John 'Shark' Hanlon and Eddie O'Leary were both keen on an an unbroken three year old son of sire-in-form Stowaway, and having opened the bidding Hanlon, who has enjoyed success with Western Leader and Hidden Cyclone, both sons of the sire, decided to give best at €30,000.
Auctioneer Philip Purcell received a round of applause when it was announced that he was retiring from the Tattersalls Ireland team after his final stint yesterday.
He first worked at the sales in 1975, the year of the inaugural Derby Sale. The sale saw the aggregate fall by 14 per cent, but the average, median and clearance rate rise by 19 per cent, 66 per cent and 47 per cent respectively.
Tattersalls Ireland director Simon Kerins said: “The catalogue was down significantly in numbers, but it wasn’t a bad trade for the nicer horses and we are reasonably content. We are a good way from the heady days and people are rightlybeing selective.”