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Tattersalls Ireland: 16 six-figure lots sold at the 2015 Derby Sale

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Son of Saddler Maker lights up Tatts Derby sale

A total of ten horses have now made six figures just over halfway through day one of the Derby Sale. The Saddler Maker gelding still leads the way but there have been several other notable transactions, which include Colm Murphy parting with €155,000 for a son of the red-hot Flemensfirth.

Flemensfirth's progeny have been in some demand at the store sales this summer, and that has been especially evident throughout today's session.

Murphy's purchase enjoyed a timely boost to his pedigree at the Punchestown Festival, when his elder brother One Track Mind won the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle.

The gelding was offered by Goldford Stud and he was bought for owners Alan and Ann Potts.

Joseph O'Brien was again busy sourcing future talent and his spending took in a €100,000 son of Flemensfirth belonging to Gerard Coleman. This three-year-old is out of a half-sister to the English and Irish Grand National second Oscar Time.

A  superb son of Saddler Maker has emerged as the early star turn at the Derby Sale when coming to Harold Kirk for €255,000 after he outlasted a determined Aiden Murphy and trainer Colm Murphy.

Through the likes of the brilliant Apple's Jade, Ireland's top staying hurdler Alpha Des Obeaux and Bristol De Mai, Saddler Maker has made quite an impact with his runners in Britain and Ireland and it was widely expected that this gelding, who hailed from the Bleahen family's Lakefield Farm, would play a starring role.

He more than lived up to expectations as his price quickly sped past €100,000. For a period the battle for the half-brother to the smart Upsilon Bleu looked to rest between Aiden Murphy and Colm Murphy but Kirk, who dropped out of the bidding at one stage, returned to the fray with a sustained challenge that eventually carried the day.

Kirk was acting for Willie Mullins, whose Apple's Jade produced a wondrous display in the Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at Aintree which marked her out as one of the outstanding four-year-old hurdlers of modern times.

Earlier in the session a pair of Shantou geldings were the first lots to reach the six-figure mark

The first was consigned by Shanrod Stables on behalf of Kieran Shields.

Jeremy Brummit made a strong play for the three-year-old but he was eventually forced to concede defeat when Aiden Murphy, traditionally one of the major purchasers at this sale, brought the price to €110,000.

Murphy's purchase was showing a good return on the €26,000 he cost as a foal at Goffs in December 2013.

Just five lots later another son of Shantou, one of the best-bred horses on offer at the sale, also reached the €100,000 mark.

From the famed nursery that is Michael Hickey's Sunnyhill Stud, the gelding is a half-brother to the top-class Kicking King, whose career highlight came when recording victory in the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup, in addition to back-to-back triumphs in the King George.

Agent Anna Ross signed for the half-brother to the Gold Cup winner and indicated that her purchase would be staying in Ireland to go into training.

A total of 16 horses made at least €100,000 at last year's Derby Sale




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470