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Numbersixvalverde - Niall Madden - 2006 Grand National - Aintree

An Old Vic gelding from the family of Numbersixvalverde proved popular at a subdued Tatteralls Ireland August NH Sale when selling for €32,000

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Milan gelding tops subdued August opener

tatts ireland august nh sale comparative figures (€)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  295  227  99  43  390,200  3,941  2,000
 2008  280  205  91  44  539,350  5,297  4,000

TONY Mullins struck for the star turn on the first day of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale when he went to €44,000 for a Milan gelding hailing from Ken Parkhill's Castletown Quarry Stud.

Buyers and prices were predictably subdued yesterday during a tough and low-key session which was indicative of the current economic situation and it took over 100 lots for the five-figure barrier to be breached for the first time.

The turnover and average of nearly €400,000 and €4,000 both dropped by 28 percent while the median fell by half to €2,000. The clearance rate of 44 percent matched the corresponding figure from this day last year.

There was no doubting the star of the show who hailed from a very distinguished Castletown Quarry family.

The three-year-old is out of a four-times winning half-sister to the high class Major Rumpus and comes from the same family as the Champion Hurdle-winning siblings Granville Again and Morley Street.

"He was the standout horse today," said Mullins. "He's a lovely horse from a very good family and he is by a very promising up and coming sire who had three winners last weekend. I've bought him to stay in the yard. He'll be broken now and we'll see what happens."

Previously the pace was set by an Old Vic four-year-old offered by Whitehorse Stud who cost Kilpatrick Stables €32,000. Gerry Griffin and Padge Berry were among those vying for the chesnut whose family goes back to the likes of Numbersixvalverde and Ponmeoath but it was the Kilpatrick representative who prevailed. The gelding is likely to remain in Ireland to be trained.

A close relation to Follow The Plan, who provided trainer Oliver McKiernan with one of his biggest victories last December in the Durkan New Homes Novice Chase, was the subject of a lengthy duel between Noel Meade and Adrian Keatley.

The latter – assistant trainer to McKiernan – eventually emerged victorious with a bid of €25,000 for the Patrick Sheehan-owned son of Beneficial.

"He's a nice horse and obviously the family has been very lucky for us already," stated Keatley. "Hopefully he'll be lucky too."

The first five-figure lot was quite a popular Old Vic gelding from Liss House whom Bobby O'Ryan secured for €15,000. The three-year-old is the third foal out of a Dr Devious mare whose family goes back to Heron Stakes winner and Group 1-placed juvenile Speedfit Too.

"I've bought him on behalf of Patrick Prendergast, who will train him on behalf ofa client," reported O'Ryan. "He's a good sort with a good step to him and he looked like good value."

The €15,000 mark was also reached by Kevin O'Brien when he secured one of the best bred fillies in the sale.The three-year-old daughter of Milan hails from a successful Parkville Stud dynasty that was represented with distinction last season by Peter Bowen's Lancashire Chase hero Snoopy Loopy and Paul Nolan's decent novice hurdler Sam Adams.

GC Bloodstock signed for a Definite Article gelding from Ballincurrig House Stud who made €16,000. The three-year-old is out of an Exit To Nowhere mare who won three times on the level in France.





King's Theatre £966,447
Presenting £915,592
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £760,303
Milan £717,591
Westerner £562,617
Flemensfirth £517,208
Kayf Tara £484,372
Stowaway £410,997
Midnight Legend £396,669