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I'msingingtheblues: his Presenting half-brother made €58,000

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Foal trade holding up at November sale

Year Cat Offered Sold Agg Average Median
2009 258 234 157 1,985,900 12,694 10,000

A €60,000 son of Old Vic led the wayat the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale today after Joe Sloan outlasted Mark Pitman for the well-related colt from Michael Hickey's Sunnyhill Stud.

Sloan's wife Pat has had her colours carried with notable distinction in recent seasons by the likes of Iktitaf and last season's Champion Hurdle fifth Muirhead, who could possibly clash with Hurricane Fly and Solwhit at Punchestown on Sunday.

At this sale last year Sloan went to €58,000 for an own-brother to Black Jack Ketchum and his latest purchase hails from the family of the Triumph Hurdle third Afarad and Nicky Henderson's high class hurdler Afsoun.

The Old Vic colt's immediate family had received aboost lately with his three-parts brother Balthazar King having won twice over hurdles in recent weeks for Philip Hobbs.

"He's a lovely horse from a really good family and hopefully he'll turn out the same as the brother to BlackJack Ketchum who has done really well since we bought him," said Sloan's daughter, Joanne.

"We usually buy them for ourselves to race but it's possible that he could come back for sale as a three-year-old. We'll monitor the market and see if it picks up," she added.

As was the case on Tuesday, a day where figures compared well with several of last year's foal sessions, the demand for the top foals remained fierce and Michael Tallon had to go to €58,000 to see off John O'Byrne for a son of Presenting from Mill House Stud. The colt is a half-brother to Paul Nicholls' high class novice hurdler-chaser I'msingingtheblues.

"He is an exceptional colt and in my opinion I thought that he was as good a foal as there was here today," stated Tallon. "He's beautifully balanced and has the pedigree to match. He'll be coming back here for the Derby Sale. It's been difficult to buy the good ones. We've finished runner-up on a few occasions but we had to bite the bullet at some stage."

Yesterday's session was still in its infancy when Aiden Murphy spent €43,000 on a Ferndale Stables-consigned son of Kayf Tara. His purchase is out of a Presenting half-sister to Noel Meade's multiple Graded chase winner Watson Lake.

There was no shortage of competition for Flemensfirth's offspring either, with Old Moss Farm paying €34,000 for a son ofhis out of an own-sister to More Than A Stroll and Fiona Magee matched this price for a colt out of an own-sister to the top class chaser Voy Por Ustedes.

Flemensfirth also supplied a relation to the smart chasers Calling Brave and Ottowa who cost trainer Ian Ferguson €33,000.

"He's a good looking sort and I've been lucky with this family already. He won't be coming back for resale and will go through the system before maybe starting off in point-to-points," reported Ferguson.

With a bid of €32,000 John O'Byrne was able to pick up a son of Giant's Causeway's old rival Kalanisi out of a half-sister to the French 1,o00 Guineas third Lethals Lady and the dam of the Champion Hurdler Katchit (also by Katchit).

Ben Case also had to go to €32,000 in order to pick up a son of Kayf Tara from a decent French family.

"He's not dissimilar to the Flemensfirth that we bought on Tuesday," reflected Case. "He's a good, strong sort and a good goer by a sire doing well. He has been bought for Lady Jane Grosvenor to come back to the Derby Sale."

Eugene McDermott, purchasing with a view to forthcoming Derby Sales, was again in action and picked up sons of Kayf Tara and King's Theatre for €31,000 and €30,000 respectively.





King's Theatre £947,392
Presenting £887,432
Oscar £771,633
Beneficial £757,104
Milan £707,790
Westerner £558,887
Flemensfirth £500,575
Kayf Tara £464,883
Stowaway £400,620
Midnight Legend £391,209