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Westerner gelding tops August sale opener

Year Cat Off Sold % Sold Agg.
2010 313 249 114 46 605,600 5,312 3,600
2009 295 227 99 44 390,200 3,941 2,000

THE opening session of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale mirrored the corresponding day from last year by getting off to a low-key start yesterday.

Overall, prices and demand remained similar to the levels witnessed on the first day of this sale in 2009 although the final figures for the day made notable gains on the corresponding day last year.

It was particularly tough going through the first few hours of the sale but trade picked up through the afternoon and the average of €5,312 was up by more than a third, the €3,600 median jumped by 80 per cent and the turnover of over €600,000 represented a 55 per cent improvement.

In June the company's flagship Derby Sale posted a heartening set of results which exceeded expectations. Yesterday illustrated the gap that exists between this level and theselect end of the jumping store market but the final returns for the day did offer cause for encouragement, albeit at a more modest level.

Eddie O'Leary struck for the highest priced lot of the day when going to €25,000 for athree-year-old from the first crop of the in demand Westerner. The Burns Bloodstock-consigned gelding is a grandson of the prolific Fu's Lady.

"He's a nice horse and I'm a big fan of the sire, he's showing all the right signs," said O'Leary.

Agent Gerry Griffin, who was acting for Nicky Richards, set the pace for most of the day when buying a €23,000 son of Fruits Of Love who was consigned by Moyfinn Stud on behalf of Edel Ryan.

The three-year-old is a half-brother to Willie Mullins' very capable bumper horse Apt Manor who has reached the frame in two bumpers at the Galway Festival, most recently when chasing home Fort Defiance at Ballybrit two weeks ago.

"He's been bought on behalf of David and Nicky Robinson who are long standing owners with Nicky Richards, who will train this horse," reported Griffin. "He's a good type and they have a couple of nice young horses coming on with Nicky already."

Much later in the day Griffin spent €22,000 when fighting off Mags Mullins for a four-year-old daughter of Presenting out of a half-sister to the Midlands National heroine Miss Orchestra.She will carry Mrs Robinson's colours.




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470