Aggregate falls by over half at Tattersalls Ireland
FIGURES for the penultimate foal session at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale were again, as has been the case throughout most of the fortnight-long sale, well adrift of those achieved in 2007.
The turnover fell by over half from €1.6m to €630,650 - a drastic fall of 60 per cent - the median dropped by 57 per cent from €9,000 to €3,800 and the average of €6,930 was 43 per cent down on last year’s figure.
Chomba Womba half-brother heads the day
Eugene McDermott struck late in the day to secure the pick of the penultimate foal session at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale when giving €42,000 for an Oscar half-brother to Chomba Womba.
Only a week before the NickyHenderson-trained runner furthered her reputation as a high-class racemare when claiming the notable scalp of Katchit in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton. She is the only winner out of three runners to date for the dam Miss Muppet.
Just as auctioneer Edmond Mahony was about the bring the hammer down at €41,000, which would have seen the colt led out unsold, McDermott and John Dineen appeared on the stairs to the right of the rostrum, their bid proving sufficient to secure the Canterbrook Stud offering.
"He will, like all the others that we have bought this week, come back to Kennycourt. We will look at reoffering them at the Derby Sale but we could breeze a few of them as well," said McDermott.
"We've been playing in the top bracket all week and bid around €75,000 for the half-brother to Straw Bear who made €100,000. This colt should improve plenty and there could be more still to come from Chomba Womba," added Dineen.
A Lovely Present for McDermott
The Kennycourt Stud man earlier forked out of €33,000 for a son of Presenting from Mountain View Stud - his dam, Ouro Preto, is a half-sister to the Dovecote Novice Hurdle winner Shatabi - and €25,000 for a Flemensfirth colt out of Lovely Present owned by Kevin Geraghty and James O'Rourke.
Of this pair Dineen remarked: "The Presenting comes from quite a young family. Hopefully something more could happen in the family by the time that he comes back for resale. We'd been trying all week to get a Flemensfirth and it hasn't been easy. This was a good colt and we were happy to get him."
John O'Byrne sees off Francis Woods
Earlier, a €40,000 son of Presenting was topping the day after John O'Byrne outlasted Francis Woods for a colt belonging to Frank Lucey. O'Byrne's purchase is out of Ware Princess, a Toulon half-sister to Bradbury Star who is best remembered for winning two renewals of the Mackeson (now Paddy Power) Gold Cup at Cheltenham's November meeting.
A €30,000 Milan colt closely related to the Troytown and Paddy Power Chase winner Cane Brake also came O'Byrne's way, as did another son of the St Leger winner for €18,000.
Cashman takes home a son of Presenting
Presenting, whose promising son Jered will bid to further his claims as a Champion Hurdle contender at Punchestown, was also responsible for a colt from Yew Tree Stables who cost Liam Cashman €32,000. His dam isthe Grade 1-placed chaser Hannigan's Lodger.
"There's a lot to like about him, he's out of a very decent mare and he had great use of himself," said Cashman. "We'll take him home and see what happens lateron before deciding what to do with him."
Elsewhere, a popular son of the 2003 Epsom Derby winner Kris Kin was snapped up by John Brady for €18,000. His family traces back to Martin Pipe's Scottish National winner TakeControl.