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No surprises as prices fall at Tattersalls Ireland

A TRIO of €30,000 purchases headed proceedings at the one-day Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Salewhere, as expected, spending contracted sharply from this time last year.

Reduced from two days to one, the sale was deferred from Tuesday until Friday owing to the severe weather that prevailed earlier in theweek.

Some 234 horses less came under the hammer this year as turnover went from nearly €2m to just under €600,000. The average came in at €5,896 as opposed to €9,659, while the median dropped from €6,200 to €3,000. The 42 per cent clearance rate was only fractionally lower than last year.

Case puts faith in the future
Among those buying with a view to resell in what will hopefully be a more benign economic climate in several years’ time was English trainer Ben Case, whose spending was headed by a €30,000 son of Robin Des Champs from Cleaboy Stud & Coppice Farm. The colt is an own-brotherto a pair of Grade 2-placed jumpers in Pur de Sivola and R De Rien Sivola.

“He’s been bought for Lady Jane Grosvenor and will be offered for resale at a later stage - hopefully things will have improved by then,” said Case. “He’s a good looking horse and is already an own-brother to two very smart horses.”

Earlier in the day Case signed for an €18,000 Flemensfirth colt from The Beeches Stud whose dam is the listed-placed chaser Jeruflo. “He’s been bought for an established client and will also be back for resale at some point. I thought that he was a nice, active type by a good sire and out of a decent mare,” reported Case.

Gatterstown strikes for well-related lots
Tommy Wade’s Gatterstown Stud also reached the €30,000 mark when securing a son of Presenting from Hollygrove Stud who isa half-brother to three winners out of a mare whose siblings are headed by the Aintree Hurdle hero Mister Morose.

Gatterstown also struck for a €21,000 son of Old Vic out of a half-sister to Hand Inn Hand.

Mikael's half-sister proves popular
The other joint sale topper came into the ring towards the end of the day but there was still no shortage of interest in the four-year-old Lola D’Haguenet, whosepedigree has developed into one of some significance in recent months. She went the way of Gervin Creaner.

The Ardrums House Stud-consigned daughter of Khalkevi is a half-sister to Willie Mullins’ top drawer novice hurdler Mikael D’Haguenet. Already a Grade 1 winner, he took his unbeaten run in Ireland to four when proving much too strong for his opponents in a Punchestown Grade 2 last weekend.

Another sought-after yearling was a son of Flemensfirth consigned from Goldford Stud, who cost Michael Regan €29,000. The grandson of Alleged is out of a half-sister to the Supreme Novices Hurdle hero Back In Front.

Sunnyhill splashes out
Earlier a six-year-old Bob Back half-sister to the high class chaser Bellator who was sold in foal to Catcher In The Rye. She cost Sunnyhill Stud’s Michael Hickey €18,500.

 “She has three Old Vics and a Definite Article to run for her so there could be more to happen in the family,” reflected Hickey. “With the way the market is she probably made enough but hopefully it was worth taking the chance on her. She could well go back to be covered by Old Vic again.”

Mernagh remains positive
Following the conclusion of the sale Tattersalls Ireland managing director Geroge Mernagh commented: “As we are in the middle of a global downturn it was always going to be a difficult sale.

"Our catalogue was the smallest in a number of years and we have had the postponement of the sale due to difficult weather conditions. However there were many positives to be taken from the day.

“We have been encouraged by the demand for the quality, correct individuals which have in many ways mirrored the results from our November National Hunt Sale.

"However it has become even more apparent that purchasers have become ever more discerning on conformation, movement and on pedigree, but are willing to purchase even in these uncertain times, for correct individuals and going forward this is where we all should be focused.

"We breed and race the best National Hunt horses and we are selling to mainly a domestic market, but on today’s trade I think it is reasonable to say that we can be upbeat and positive”









Galileo £11,596,660
Dark Angel £3,699,044
Dubawi £3,194,697
Frankel £2,707,058
Kodiac £2,229,292
Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882