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Henry de Bromhead: outbid M V Magnier for the €250,000 top lot


Son of Scorpion tops Derby Sale at €250,000

THE best was saved until almost last at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale on Friday evening when a €250,000 son of Scorpion lit up the concluding session which ended with a set of final figures that were unable to keep pace with last year.

The turnover for the two days dropped by ten per cent to just under €9.5m while the average of €28,014 represented a decrease of 12 per cent. However, the median of €22,000 matched last year's figure and the clearance rate improved from 75 to 79 per cent.

From the first crop of Aidan O'Brien's St Leger winner, the sale topping three-year-old was showing a spectacular return on the €27,000 that he cost as yearling here in November 2010. It wasn't long before the bidding for the Abbey Stables offering reached six figures and the battle for the half-brother to the useful Caheronaun quickly developed into a duel between Henry de Bromhead and M V Magnier. The latter was forced to give best when the price hit €250,000.

"We saw him yesterday morning and we very excited by him. He's an outstanding individual by an exciting young sire and it's great to get a horse like him," reported de Bromhead.

For much of the day a €150,000 son of Presenting, who was bought by M V Magnier, looked set to hold sway. The grandson of Mtoto hailed from Ken Parkhill's Castletown Quarry Stud which has repeatedly produced top class stores at this sale and it was no surprise that the relation of the Champion Hurdle-winning siblings Granville Again and Morley Street was in some demand.

It didn't take long for the bidding for the gelding to reach six figures and at this stage Kevin Ross and Russell McNabb were doing battle for the gelding. However, Magnier entered the fray late in the day and quickly countered McNabb's final bid to secure the half-brother to the recent bumper winner Tasitiocht.

"He's a nice, good moving horse and was well liked by the lads. He comes from a very good family and we've had plenty of luck with Ken Parkhill in the past," stated Magnier.

The previous lot into the ring was the gelding's year older own sister and she was also in demand with Harold Kirk having to go to €54,000 to secure her for Jackie Mullins.

"Willie is going to train her for Jackie and she will eventually be kept on as a broodmare," stated Kirk. "She's a lovely filly from a top class family and the half-sister, Tasitiocht, is with Willie and she is a promising and classy mare."

A busy Margaret O'Toole came to the fore yet again to secure a
very popular son of Kayf Tara from Goldford Stud. She had to go to €105,000 for the gelding who is out of a half-sister to the smart
Watson Lake. The latter was trained by Noel Meade who is due to take charge of this gelding.

The popularity of Kayf Tara was further underlined much later in the day when British-based purchaser Steve Fleetham went to €100,000 for a gelding from Galberstown Stud. Fleetham had to contend with the persistent challenge of Jim Culloty for the first foal out of the Grade 3-placed Corrieann but he eventually carried the day when he brought the bidding into six figures.

The former Irish Derby runner-up Sholokhov, who is the sire of one of last season's top bumper horses in Don Cossack, was represented by a three-year-old who was one of the most popular lots of the
day and the relation to a Listed-placed German runner was bought by Favourites Racing for €70,000.

Cue Card's owners Bob and Jean Bishop also made a notable impact late in the day when going to €110,000 through Aidan Kennedy for an own-brother to their useful jumper Theatre Guide. The Ballincurrig House Stud consigned gelding will be trained by Colin Tizzard.

Tattersalls Ireland general manager Roger Casey commented after the sale:"Whilst acknowledging it was always going to be difficult to match the somewhat frenetic trade witnessed last year, the 2012 figures closely mirror those achieved in 2011 and were a consolidation on last year's outstanding returns. Over the two days of the Derby Sale, we have experienced a satisfactory level of trade as borne out by the improved clearance rate and the competition for horses has been extremely strong with no less than eight lots making over €100,000.

"To achieve the highest price for a store of €250,000 this year was obviously very pleasing. There was however also tremendous depth to the middle end of the market with 43 lots breaking the €50,000 barrier."




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