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Pivotal colt tops fair trading at Tatts Ireland

Day one Tattersalls Ireland September results (€)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  282  261
 84  2,332,250
 2008  253
 2,554,200  16,373

A €145,000 son of Pivotal dominated the first day of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale when selling to agent Aiden Murphy after he got the better of a protracted duel with Willie Browne yesterday evening.

The Rathbarry Stud-consigned colt was the only representative by his sire in the sale and is  the first foal out of the two-times winner and Listed-placed mare Dame Hester. It took only a brief period for the bidding to hit the six figure mark and from this point on it was Browne and Murphy who fought it out with the latter eventually proving victorious.

"He's been bought to race. He's by a proper sire and matched up as an individual. There's not much you can say about him," said Murphy.

In all yesterday's session produced three six figure lots - all of which comfortably surpassed last year's top price of €80,000 - while it was underpinned by a very healthy clearance rate along with a strong, active and variedinternational presence.

Although the average of €10,650 dropped by 34 percent and the median of €6,000 was down by just over half, the turnover of over €2.3m fell by just nine percent and the clearance rate shot up from 66 to 84 percent.

It had initially looked as though star billing would go to a €115,000 daughter of Peintre Celebre, who fell to Tammy O'Brien after she had seen off the challenge of Jim Bolger for the Ballykilbride Stud consigned filly.


From the family of the top class American juvenile Go For Wand, the filly is an own-sister to the Group 2-placed French runner Buoyant out of the Kris mare Wavey.

"She has been bought for the Coolmore partnership. She's a lovely, attractive filly and she's already an own-sister to a very smart filly. Let's hope that she's lucky," commented Mrs O'Brien.

The other six figure purchase came much earlier in the day and it was Jim Bolger who signed the docket for the €100,000 daughter of Invincible Spirit, who was consigned by the Irish National Stud where the Green Desert horse stands. Willie Browne tried hard to secure the first foal out of a winning Forty Niner half-sister to the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup hero Diktat but Bolger would not be denied.

This is already a family with which Bolger has enjoyed notable success as the Coolcullen trainer sent out the third dam, Park Appeal, to win both the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes in 1984.

Of his purchase Bolger remarked: "She's a very nice yearling and hopefully she can make it third time lucky - she was bred by Frank Dunne whom I bought Creachadoir off here a few years ago and he also bred Topanoora whom I bought when this sale was held here for the first time in 1988".

Adrian Nicoll made his presence felt when he went to €42,000 for a popular son of the dual Derbywinner High Chaparral belonging to Clody Norton. He is the first produce out of a half-sister to the talented American Stakes winner Insan Mala.

"She's been bought for BarryHills. We liked the horse and we like the sire who Barry has already been lucky with through the likes of High Heeled and Above Average. This horse was one of the best on offer here," reported Nicoll.

Tom Dascombe and agent Ed Sackville, who bought ten horses here last year, were once again to the fore and their spending was headed by a €45,000 daughter of Choisir. Her half-brother In Some Respect won his maiden at Fairyhouse on Tuesday having previously reached the frame in races like the Railway Stakes. Earlier the pair spent €40,000 on a filly hailing from the first crop of the French 2000 Guineasrunner-up Diamond Green. From Miller Hill, the filly is a half-sister to a Listed-placed runner in Italy.

Last Saturday trainer Michael Dods and owner Andrew Tinkler went desperately close to claiming Ayr Gold Cup glory with Barney McGrew and the pair made their mark when going to €35,000 for a Bahamian Bounty coltoffered by Torard House Stud. The colt cost Pat Dunworth €5,500 as a foal at Goffs last November.

 "This horse looked like a real two-year-old. We've seen plenty of horses here and this fellow was probably the nicest one of them all," commented Dods.

Elsewhere Stephen Hillen went to €33,000 for a Barathea half-sister to the capable juvenile Tomintoul Singer. The granddaughter of Sadler's Wells will be going in training with Kevin Ryan.





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