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Hawk Wing (M Kinane) wins the Eclipse 2002

Hawk Wing (left): responsible for the Goresbridge breeze-up top lot

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Figures up at 'healthy' Goresbridge breeze-up

THE final stage on the British and Irish breeze-up circuit came to a close at Goresbridge tonight with the fifth edition of this sale poised to post a set of returns that finished ahead of those from twelve months ago and left the company expressing their delight with proceedings.

Last year's top price of €55,000 was just out of reach, but a deeper and stronger market which witnessed a very substantial level of international activity produced results that had vendors and purchasers alike commenting on the healthy state of the market at the one day auction.

"The results have been fantastic. A lot of work from a lot of people has gone into this sale and we are seeing the rewards of that here," commented Goresbridge chief Martin Donohoe.

"Irish Thoroughbred Marketing have done a tremendous job and I'm as happy for them as for Goresbridge. The international standing of this sale has grown and we have sold horses to as far afield as Japan while buyers from Greece, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy and Sweden have all purchased."

"This is the fifth year of this sale and we have looked to up the standard each year and hopefully we'll be able to do the same again for next year," concluded Donohoe.

A €52,000 daughter of Hawk Wing headed proceedings after she was bought to go into training with Paul D'Arcy. She sparked a lengthy duel between Ross Doyle and Bobby O'Ryan with the former emerging victorious for the relation to Tommy Stack's dual Stakes winner and Irish Lincoln hero Tolpuddle.

"She's a very nice fillywho breezed well. She's a lovely type with a good attitude and we've been very lucky with Hawk Wing both here and further afield," reported Doyle. "She will be going into training with Paul on behalf of a client and she comes from a lovely family."

Russell McNabb, who purchased one of the most high profile previous graduates of this sale in the Goffs Million runner-up Hitchens, was very much to the fore and his spending was headed by a €46,000 son of the promising first crop sire Kodiac from Powerstown Stud.

"He's been bought for Gary Moore on behalf of a new client. By our reckoning he did the second fastest time here and he's a lovely, laid back sort," stated McNabb.

The latter had earlier struck for a €36,000 half-brother to Sunday's Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas hopeful Lady Springbank. The Captain Rio colt will go into training with Gary Moore on behalf of Hitchens' owner Richard Green.

"He did one of the fastest times of the day this morning," reflected McNabb. "He's a good colt from a good pedigree and the half-sister is very smart. Hopefully he'll be as lucky as Hitchens was for us."

Meath-based trainer Andrew Heffernan, whose charges include the smart dual purpose performer Clopf, fought off a determined Bobby O'Ryan for a €40,000 Officer filly consigned by Woodview Farm.

"I haven't been here before and we came here with an open mind but she produced a very taking breeze and we liked her when we saw her. She looks as though she won't take too long," commented Heffernan.

Dermot Weld will take charge of a colt by his English 2000 Guineas winner Refuse To Bend after he picked up a Mocklershill-consigned son of the Sadler's Wells horse for €32,000. The Bobby O'Ryan purchase is out of a half-sister to the Falmouth Stakes heroine Lovers Knot.

Kodiac was also well represented by a colt from Tally-Ho Stud, where the son of Danehill resides, who came the way of a busy Bobby O'Ryan at €32,000. The relation to the talented Stotsfold produced one of the best breezes ofthe morning.

"He's a good sort and did it well earlier. He'll be going to Howard Johnson and let's hope he's lucky," stated O'Ryan.

Owner Norman Steel made his presence felt when forking out €30,000 for a daughter of Steinbeck's sire, Footstepsinthesand. The Grove Stud offering is out of the speedy juvenile and Woodcote Stakes scorer Lady Angharad.

Meanwhile a €31,000 son of Encosta De Lago will be going into trainingwith Jessica Harrington after the Moone trainer's husband, Johnny, purchased the daughter of a multiple American Stakes winner through Eamon Reilly. 





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