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Six-figure mark broken at Goresbridge breeze-up

FOR the first time in four years the six-figure barrier was broken at the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale as the BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe paid €130,000 for a son of the Florida Derby runner-up Noble Causeway.

The one-day auction posted turnover of €1,593,650, up 41 per cent on last year, and an average of €13,738, up 40 per cent.

Martin Donohoe of Goresbridge was more than pleased with the performance of the sale and paid particular tribute to the work of Michael O'Hagan and his team at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, whose extensive efforts brought a diverse international buying base to Goresbridge.


The sale topper was the subject of a protracted battle between Michael Donohoe and owner Norman Steel, whose high-class filly Barefoot Lady was boughtat this sale last year, with the former eventually emerging victorious after he quickly countered Steel's bid of €127,000.

 "He's been bought for a new Asian client who is taking an interest in Irish racing and he will be going into training with Michael Halford," said Donohoe. "He's a lovely horse who did a good breeze. I know Tom Whitehead well and I've seen the horse a few times during the year and Tom recommended him highly."

Earlier a son of Royal Applause, who was snapped up by Pat Dunworth for 14,500gns as a yearling, cost Russell McNabb €90,000 after he had seen off a host of interested parties for the son of the seven-time winner Tychy.

"He was one of the standouts here," remarked McNabb. "His own-sister is with Hughie Morrison and he thinks a bit of her and this colt breezed well. He'll be going to Gary Moore and the three that we bought here last year have all won," said McNabb.

Trainer John Hanlon will take charge of a Sleeping Indian half-brother to last year’s Mill Reef Stakes winner Temple Meads after going to E63,000 for the Grove Stud offering who was the subject of a disputed bid when the hammer came down at €62,000.

 “He’s a fine horse from a very good and current family,” reported Hanlon. “He looked like a good horse in his breeze and he’s one we should be able to crack on with. I’ve bought him for a new Dublin-based client.”

The Falmouth Stakes winner Music Show and the leading Oaks fancy  Zain Al Boldan were both purchased at this sale by Gill Richardson and she will be hoping that a Footstepsinthesand colt can continue that good run after she paid €30,000 for the relation to State Shinto.

 

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