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Stowaway son lights up Tattersalls Ireland

A €70,000 Stowaway brother to the hugely exciting Champagne Fever lit up the opening foal session of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale on Tuesday when selling to Philip Dempsey.

Sold by Smithstown Stud on behalf of Sean Cahill, the colt is an own-brother to unquestionably one of the very best prospects around in Champagne Fever, who joined a select group last spring when winning champion bumpers at both Cheltenham and Punchestown.

While the Willie Mullins inmate could embark on the next stage of his career this weekend, the dam, Forever Bubbles, also bred the ill-fated Presenting Forever who was trained by Dempsey when ending his point-to-point career as the top rated four-year-old pointer in Ireland.

Trainer John Hanlon, who has enjoyed notable success with Stowaway’s progeny, made a bold bid to secure the grandson of Slip Anchor and he was involved from the outset of the bidding but he ultimately had to give best Dempsey, who entered the fray late on.

“Obviously it’s a family we know well through Presenting Forever who looked to be coming to himself on the track when he suffered a fatal fall,” said Dempsey.

“He’s a little immature but he’s a lovely colt and an own-brother to one of the best prospects around. I’ve bought him for a client who owned Presenting Forever and we’ve plenty of time to make a decision on whether he is reoffered or if he is kept to race. I wasn’t surprised by the price that he made.”

For much of the day the pace had been set by Aiden Murphy when he spent €48,000 on a son of King’s Theatre from Stow Stud.

Hailing from the last crop of the former Ballylinch Stud resident, the colt is out of a Listed-placed hurdler in France. Murphy has enjoyed a terrific association with the progeny of King’s Theatre having purchased Cue Card, Captain Chris and this season’s remarkable novice chaser Baily Green who could bid for his eighth victory in succession at Punchestown this weekend.

"I've bought him on spec and he will be back to be sold as a three-year-old,” said Murphy.  “He was the standout foal of the day and he is by a great sire in King's Theatre. This is the last foal crop of King's Theatre so they're a precious commodity - let's just hope they stay a precious commodity in three years' time!"

John O’Byrne bought three of the top ten lots during yesterday’s session and these included a €32,000 Oscar brother to Black Jack Ketchum. O’Byrne also paid the same amount for a Beneficial colt related to the high class Massini’s Maguire and €31,000 for a Robin Des Champs brother to a yearling that made €50,000 here on Monday.

Elsewhere Francis Woods forked out €28,000 for a colt from the first crop of the dual Group 1-winner Getaway who shares his sire Monsun, with the eminent jumping stallion Network. Woods indicated that his purchase could be reoffered as a yearling next year.





King's Theatre £1,202,256
Presenting £1,094,609
Beneficial £996,146
Oscar £937,908
Westerner £879,568
Milan £879,477
Flemensfirth £807,655
Kayf Tara £689,506
Midnight Legend £601,167
Stowaway £507,648