Son of Definite Article collects BBM foal prize
A 10-month-old son of Definite Article offered through Peter Nolan's Jamestown Consignment collected the £2,500 first colts' prize at the BBM-sponsored Kenneth Oliver Foal Show Championship prior to the start of the DBS January Sale on Tuesday.
Bred by Nick Blanchfield, he was bought ‘in utero' inside the Turgeon mare Talk Of Rain for €9,000 at Fairyhouse in November 2008. He will be offered on Wednesday as lot 252.
Lot 401 took the fillies' class, also carrying a £2,500 first prize. A daughter of Presenting offered by breeder David Jenks through Wickfield Stud, the May-born filly is out of No More Money, a half-sister to Grand National winner Red Marauder.
Agent Aiden Murphy, Kennycourt Stud's Eugene McDermott and Scottish breeder Robert Robinson selected the champions, who will be offered on Wednesday.
There are 202 National Hunt foals of 2009 catalogued, compared to just 93 a year ago, and many feel the offerings compare favourably with past years at this event.
"I think it's definitely the strongest catalogue they have put together for this sale," said Richard Kent of MickleyStud, who felt the foal show should be held the same day the youngsters sell.
"Whether you're an owner, trainer, farmer or whoever it's asking quite a lot to expect them to be away for two days for these foals. I think a lot of people would like the show to be on the same day as the foals sell. Let's hope we see a few people arrive with bulging pockets tomorrow."
BBM Kenneth Oliver Foal Show Championship Results
Colts - 1st: 252; 2nd: 419; 3rd: 274; 4th: 228; 5th: 288
Fillies - 1st: 401; 2nd: 342; 3rd: 420; 4th: 402; 5th: 349