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Hawk Wing colt tops 'tough' Goresbridge sale

THE second staging of the Goresbridge Flat Yearling Sale yesterday left the company describing itself as "pretty satisfied" with proceedings at the one day auction.

"It's tough but we're pretty satisfied. Of course it could be better and we'd obviously like it to be better but the clearance rate is reasonable and this sale was always going to be tough give the times we're in," said Goresbridge chief Martin Donohoe.

"However, we do feel that we have something to build on here and overall I think trade here this year has been better than last year although the top prices were lower."

The sale was once again helped along by quite an active international buying base - among them Polish and Italian interests - and it was Italian owner Pili Salvatore who pickedup the top lot when going to €11,000 for a Hawk Wing colt from Clonroche Farmhouse.

The colt is a half-brother to the Stakes-winning Dance Partner from the immediate family of Mick Channon's Rockfel Stakes heroine and Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Lahaleeb.

Having supplied the previous day's €62,000 session topper at Tattersalls Ireland, Mujadil was again to the fore when Pat Neary spent €10,000 on a filly from Rathasker Stud. She is a three-parts sister to the Listed Eyrefield Stakes heroine Wovoka.

"She's a three parts sister to a very smart filly. She's not the biggest but is compact and racy and looks a runner," commented Neary.

The €10,000 mark was also reached by George Mullins for a filly from the first crop of the French Guineas winner Aussie Rules hailing from Ballyhane. The filly, who will go into training with Tom Dascombe, is out of an own-sister to Jack Berry's dual Temple Stakes hero Mind Games.

Willie Browne continued his quest to recruit breeze-up prospects for next year with the €8,000 purchase of a filly from the first crop of Balmont.

"I came here to buy a cheap horse and who do I come up against only Con Marnane," quipped Browne, who also gave €5,000 for a Marju colt from Islanmore Stud. "She's a lovely, good walking filly and looks a sharp sort. Hopefully she'll be at Doncaster next spring. The sire was a very good racehorse."

Bobby O'Ryan, was again in action with his spending taking in a €7,000 son of Marju from Cowanstown Farm.

"He's a grand sort of horse and he wasn't bad value," commented O'Ryan, who bought 18 horses for Poland at Tattersalls Ireland earlier in the week and was also in action for Polish and Swiss interests at this sale. "He'll be going into training with Pat Morris." 




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