Denman relation tops second day of NH sale
A €50,000 son of Presenting and a three-quarters relation to Denman, took centre stage on the first of twosessions devoted to yearlings at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale on Wednesday.
Trade improved after a very slow start but, predictably, it was still operating on a far removed level to that witnessed in previous years.
Compared with the first day of yearlings last year, although there is one less session in this section this time, the final figures witnessed major across-the-board declines and the clearance dropped sharply from 56 per cent to 38 per cent.
While the median went from €10,000 to €9,000, turnover dropped from just over €2m to under €1m and the average fell by 30 per cent from €16,372 to €11,417.
"I thought that he was a very attractive horse," commented Simon Christian purchaser of the top lot which was consigned by Ballyhampshire Stud. "I've bought him for an enthusiastic jump racing supporter and it's quite likely that he will go the UK and be kept to race. There are several horses close up in the pedigree that should win more races this season and being out of a half-sister to Denman, he comes from a red-hot pedigree."
Prior tothis the pace was set by a €47,000 son of Flemensfirth who was bought by Ger Hourigan. The latter has already had a number of top-class jumpers pass through his hands in recent years and counts the Gold Cup hero War Of Attrition and the Durkan Chase winner In Compliance amongst his former inmates.
From Railstown Stud, Hourigan's purchase is a half-brother to the ten-length Roscommon bumper winner Shinan Thyne and his dam is a half-sister to the Grand National hero Comply Or Die.
"He looked the standout horse here today," reflected Hourigan, who also signed for a €21,000 son of Presenting. "He's by a top sire from a good family and his half-brother looked quite decent when he won his bumper. It's quite possible that he could be offered for resale."
There was plenty of interest in a son of Kayf Tara offered from Goldford Stud and he was snapped up by Dublin-based buyer Leo Caffrey for €42,000. The colt, who shares his sire with the likes of Venalmar and Mad Max, is out of a Stakes-placed mare on the flat.
One of the very best pedigrees in the catalogue was represented by a son of Generous out of an unraced own-sister to Best Mate from Jethro Bloodstock who cost Mount Eaton Stud €32,000. This family dominated the foal section of this sale last year.
Elsewhere agent Tom O'Mahony paid €25,000 for a son of the Epsom Derbythird Beat All from the family of the Grade 1-placed French jumper L'authie.
"He's been bought for a client and will be offered for resale. He's a good looking horse from a fine family and his sire is starting to get very popular," stated O'Mahony.