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Tattersalls Ireland August figures down

FOLLOWING an extremely quiet final session, the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale ended yesterday with a set of results that finished down on those from 12 months.

The sale, which was extended from two to three days this year, produced a 10 per cent increase in turnover which came in at just over €1.7m. The average dropped by 20 per cent from 6,165 to 4,904, while the median fell by the same percentage as it went from 3,500 to 2,800. The clearance rate dropped from 52 to 51 per cent.

The falls in the returns for this year’s returns can be largely attributed to yesterday’s concluding session where a mere 78 of the 201 horses offered were sold to produce a turnover of 213,250 and an average of 2,734.

The day’s trade illustrated just how much demand at the lower end of the National Hunt market has contracted over the last few years.

A pair of 15,000 lots headed proceedings on the final day and the first of these was a son of Royal Anthem, who was bought by Armagh trainer Keith Watson. The three-year-old is a half-brother to the recent Galway Festival bumper winner Cairdin.

The other 15,000 lot was a son of Shantou belonging to Evelyn Sheridan, who went to Gerry Hogan. The four-year-old is a half-brother to the useful Henry de Bromhead runner Fort George.




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