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Lot 170 the half sister to Lilbourne Lad

Timmy Hyde snapped up this Mastercraftsmans half-sister to Lilbourne Lad for €200,000 at Goffs on Wednesday

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Hyde snaps up Lilbourne half-sister for €200,000

A HALF-sister to last season's Railway Stakes winner Lilbourne Lad hailing from the first crop of the multiple Group 1 winner Mastercraftsman was the star turn at €200,000 as the Goffs February Sale got off to a bright start on Wednesday.

On the opening day of last year's sale the top price was €53,000 but this was bettered on six occasions this time as the demand for quality stock witnessed at the foal sales late last year was once again in evidence. The turnover of €1.9m was double the corresponding figure from last year while the average of €12,788 and the median of €5,500 were up by 56 and 20 perc ent respectively. The clearance rate of 55 perc ent did illustrate though that it was tough going for many of those come under the hammer.

The aforementioned sale topper, who was sold by Des Leadon and Marian Klay's Swordlestown Little stud, was the subject of quite a battle between Timmy Hyde and Bobby O'Ryan.

The pair went toe to toe from shortlyafter the bidding went past €100,000 and Hyde eventually carried the day for the filly who is also a half-sister to the Gallinule Stakes runner-up Bobbyscot. Some six years ago Hyde bought the subsequent Irish Derby hero Frozen Fire for €250,000 at this sale.

"She's just a lovely filly from a good family and the sire was a hell of a racehorse," said Hyde. "Mastercraftsman has been getting some especially good looking stock and he must have every chanceof making it as a stallion. We'll bring this filly back for resale later in the year".

Just a few minutes later the sale witnessed another six figure transaction as Darley's Joe Osborne forked out €120,000 for a son of New Approach offered from The Castlebridge Consignment. The colt is a half-brother to the Chesham Stakes hero Big Audio.

"He was our pick of the sale," reflected Osborne. "He's a half-brother to a Royal Ascot winner from a very good family and he looks the part. We're very excited by the stallion whose first crop are giving the right signs and we'll take this horse back to one of our studs and make a plan with him in the autumn."

Osborne was also in action earlier in the day when giving €72,000 for the only Shamardal yearling in the sale. Sold by Jockey Hall Stud on behalf of Tullipark Ltd, the colt is out of a half-sister to Inchinor.

The veteran Derrinstown Stud stallion Marju, who was pensioned last year, was represented by just one yearling and the own-brother to the Heron Stakes scorer Massive capped an excellent day for Swordlestown Little after falling to the BBA Ireland's Eamon Reilly at €75,000.

"He's been bought for an existing Irish client and he will be coming back for resale in the autumn," commented Reilly.

Duke Of Marmalade, who will be represented by his first runners in the coming months, was the source of several sought after yearlings including a €75,000 colt who fell to English pinhooker Robert Allcock. He is out of a half-sister to the Phoenix Stakes runner-up Air Chief Marshall.

Earlier Ciaran Conroy spent €50,000 on a Duke Of Marmalade half-sister to the Temple Stakes victor Night Prospector.

"She's a lovely, quality filly by a really exciting young stallion. She'll be back for resale in the autumn," reported Conroy.




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