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Turnover down at end of Tatts Ireland foal sale

Year Cat Off Sold % Sold Agg Ave Med
2010 883 755 438 58 4,825,857 11,018 7,200
2009 951 836 484 58 5,315,300 10,982 7,500
Year Cat Off Sold % Sold Agg Ave Med
2010 256 210 114 54 1,154,750 10,129 6,500
2009 258 224 129 58 1,509,400 11,701 7,800

A €45,000 son of Kayf Tara led the way as the final foal session of this year's Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale came to a close with a set of figures that, apart from a reduced turnover, were broadly similar to 2009.

From a slightly smaller catalogue this year turnover dropped by nine percent from just over €5.3 million to €4.8m. The median dropped slightly from €7,500 to €7,200 while the average made a slight gain as it went from €10,982 to €11,018. The clearance rate held steady at 58 per cent.

Throughout the week the best foals sold quite well, albeit at a lower level to that witnessed several years ago, as those buying for racing interests and those investing to resell did battle.

It was tough going for many other vendors though and the clearance rate once again illustrated the contracted nature of the market. The traditional leading buyers were out in force once more while several newer faces, such as Swanbridge Bloodstock, also made an impression.

Particularly interesting was the activity of the French outfit Agence FIPS who bought a number of foals and tried hard to secure some of the best ones.

The aforementioned session topper, who was consigned by Goldford Stud on behalf of Netherfield House Stud, was bought by Anna Ross who confirmed that the second foal out of Listed-placed French jumper Mille Et Une would be reoffered in due course.

"He's a lovely, quality, well balanced son of Kayf Tara and he comes from a good family," said Ross.

It had earlier appeared as though the top lot would be a €42,000 son of Presenting from Cleaboy Stud & Coppice Farm. The grandson of Francois Doumen's Triumph Hurdle winner Snow Drop was bought by Fiona Magee after she had seen off Ian Ferguson and Aiden Murphy.

"Like everybody else I like the sire and he was a very nice colt from a good family," remarked Magee who will also be bringing her purchase back for resale.

Another who will return to the sales ring for one of the major store sales is a son of Presenting from Mill House Stud who cost the English-based Swanbridge Bloodstock €37,000. He is the first foal out of the classy chaser Gemini Lucy who made £100,000 at Doncaster over a year ago.

The sale also witnessed the end of a distinguished era as the lastOld Vic foal ever to be born passed through the ring. Owned by Tom Ryan, the colt shares his sire with such jumping luminaries as the Gold Cup winner Kicking King and last season's Grand National hero Don't Push It. He was bought by Ian Ferguson for €32,000.




Galileo £11,596,660
Dark Angel £3,699,044
Dubawi £3,194,697
Frankel £2,707,058
Kodiac £2,229,292
Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882