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Low-key end to Tatts Ireland sale season

A €21,000 Captain Rio colt was the highest-priced lot sold at the Tattersalls Ireland one-day November Breeders’ Flat Sale on Sunday, which brought a low-key end to the auction house's year.

Although 47 fewer horses came under the hammer at thesale this year, the turnover of just over €165,550 was well down on the €243,600 taken last year.

The average of €3,246 was a fall of 20 per cent from the 2010 figure of €4,060, while the median of €1,600 stayed the same. The clearance rate for the day did improve from 34 to 40 per cent.

The Newtown Lodge Stud-consigned sale topper was purchased by Tally-Ho Stud’s Tony O’Callaghan, who saw off both Jane Foley and various Italian interests.

O'Callaghan's purchase is a half-brother to a number of winners, headed by the Italian 1,000 Guineas runner-up and Group 1-placed Super Bobbina. O’Callaghan indicated that the colt would be reoffered at next year’s round of breeze-up sales.

The majority of the highest prices were achieved during the yearling section of the sale and Springfort Stud defeated the BBA Ireland’s Michael Donohoe for a €17,500 son of Footstepsinthesand related to the former Richard Hannon stalwart runner Hurricane Alan.  

A number of overseas purchasers were in action, including the Czech outfit Janda Bloodstock, which paid €9,000 for a Clodovil half-brother to the prolific Sgt Schultz, and €7,500 for a son of Kingsalsa.




Galileo £11,597,622
Dark Angel £3,704,206
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,708,934
Kodiac £2,231,181
Acclamation £2,090,548
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882