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Oscar gelding sells for €150,000 at Goffs

THE best was saved until last on a superb opening day of the Goffs Land Rover Sale when Margaret O'Toole went to €150,000 to secure an Oscar gelding who became the joint highest priced horse to come under the hammer in this sale's history.

A half-brother to the smart Shirley Casper and the Listed-winning hurdler Oligarch Society, the Galbertstown Stud consigned three-year-old attracted an opening bid of €10,000. However it wasn't long before his price went into orbit as O'Toole had to fight off the attentions of Aiden Murphy and, lastly, Anthony Honeyball for the gelding to become the highest priced horse sold at this since 2007.

"He's been bought for Gordon Elliott Racing. He's an excellent individual and the mare has already produced three black-type horses from five runners while her four-year-old looks very promising too. He had a lot going for him," said the agent.

Earlier a son of the eminent Flemensfirth led the way when selling to Anna Ross for €87,000An own-brother to two winners from the family of Mole Board, the gelding comfortably surpassed the €78,000 mark which was good enough to top this sale twelve months ago.

"He's a lovely type with lots of scope and hopefully he'll make up into a lovely chaser in time," said Mrs Ross. "One of his own brothers looked very promising until he died and I've bought this gelding for an existing Irish client."

The gelding was sold by Norman Williamson's Oak Tree Farm who produced the top class Oscar Whisky at this sale several years ago and he was showing a good return on the €18,000 that he cost as a foal several years ago.

Williamson also supplied another popular son of Flemensfirth and he came the way of Gerry Hogan at €50,000.

"He's been bought for Emma Lavelle and looks a good, athletic sort," commented Hogan. "Emma also trains his own-brother Highland Lodge who has won a couple of times and she holds him in good regard."

A busy Margaret O'Toole also gave €60,000 son of Oscar from Castledillon Stud whose dam is the Grade 3-placed hurdler Cailin's Perk. The family goes back to such high class jumpers as Black Jack Ketchum and Fota Island.

"He's been bought for Conor O'Dwyer Racing. He's a lovely horse from a family that speaks for itself and let's hope that he'll be lucky," reported the agent.

Another O'Toole purchase was a €48,000 son of Flemensfirth that goes back to a top class family and he will be joining Noel Meade's team.

"There's plenty to like about him and he's been bought for an existing client of the yard. We've been lucky with Flemensfirth in the past through the likes of Pandorama," reported Meade.

The progeny of the late King's Theatre were in some demand at Doncaster late last month and this trend was once again in evidence as Denis Leahy spent €54,000 on a son of Sadler's Wells horse hailing from Egmont Stud. He comes the family of Mouse Morris's Queen Mother hero Buck House.

"He's a great mover and a really good actioned horse who just stood out," reflected Leahy. "He looks a reasonably forward type so hopefully we'll see him in action as a four-year-old."

Also quite popular were the first crop representatives of Scorpion and one of these fell to John O'Byrne for €50,000 while much earlier in the day Aidan Murphy had spent €38,000 on a son of Aidan O'Brien's English St Leger winner.

"Like all the Scorpion's I've seen here today, he's a good, athletic sort and he's been bought to race," stated Murphy. 







King's Theatre £1,148,097
Presenting £1,059,921
Beneficial £989,334
Oscar £896,303
Milan £871,660
Westerner £840,543
Flemensfirth £759,565
Kayf Tara £658,975
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470