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Network colt tops Tatts Ireland day three

AGENT Aiden Murphy struck for the €65,000 top lot on a strong day’s trade for some of the best foals on the open market in Wednesday's third session of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale.

Those buying with a view to race and purchasing for resale were out in force yesterday to do battle for some quality foals and the session produced seven lots that made €50,000 or more as opposed to three on the corresponding day last year.

The top lot was a son of Sprinter Sacre’s sire, Network, from Mill House Stud, who boasted a quality dual-purpose French pedigree and he was the subject of a lengthy battle between Ben Case and Aiden Murphy, from which Murpphy emerged victorious.

A prolific Murphy picked up four of the top 12 lots with his other purchases taking in sons of King’s Theatre for €52,000 and €40,000 and a Scorpion colt for €40,000.

“I’ve been trying hard to get some good foals all day and I’ve bought eight so far,” said Murphy. “The majority of mine have been bought for end users and won’t come back for resale, while some of the others will be reoffered. A few of them will come back to my yard in Stratford before they go elsewhere.”

Although he missed out on the session-topper, Ben Case did see off Murphy for a €60,000 colt from the first crop of Getaway who hailed from the ever-popular draft of foals produced by the excellent Cork nursery Ballincurrig House Stud.

“He’s been bought on behalf of Lady Jane Grosvenor and will be reoffered as a three-year-old,” reported Case. “He’s a very nice sort and a good goer, it was just hard to fault him. I’ve seen several Getaways today and they are nice types.”

A busy John O’Byrne headed his spending with a €55,000 Presenting brother to the dual Cheltenham Festival winner Weapon’s Amnesty. A brother to this colt sold for €75,000 at the foal sale here last year.

“He’s a standout individual with great action and his brother proved himself a top class horse over both hurdles and fences,” said O’Byrne.

Anna Ross was acting on behalf of a client who will offer their purchase for resale when she spent €52,000 on a colt from the last crop of King’s Theatre who was offered by Goldford Stud. The colt enjoyed a timely boost to his pedigree when his brother Princely Player was placed in a Listed novice hurdle at Kempton last month.

Another €50,000 lot came in the shape of a Robin Des Champs half-brother to last season’s Coral Cup winner Son Of Flicka. He was bought by Richard Rohan, who made several significant purchases throughout the day and these were on behalf of client Nigel Collison, whose purchases will initially return to Ballincurrig House Stud.

John O’Byrne also signed for the most expensive filly to come under the hammer so far this week when he paid €32,000 for a daughter of Flemensfirth offered by Kenilworth House Stud. The filly is out of the high class Bilboa, whose three offspring to come under the hammer at this sale had yielded €95,000, €60,000 and €40,000.





King's Theatre £928,943
Presenting £854,809
Beneficial £702,808
Milan £673,067
Oscar £656,070
Westerner £543,568
Flemensfirth £465,623
Kayf Tara £421,559
Stowaway £372,236
Midnight Legend £361,335