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Darkness 2009

The top lot by Insan hails from the immediate family of Darkness, above


Insan gelding heads slow August Sale trade

tatts ireland august nh sale day two (€)
Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 296 222 108 383,800 3,554 2,500
2008 280 197 112 835,698 7,462 5,200
tatts ireland august nh sale overall (€)
Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 591 449 207 774,000 3,739 2,000
2008 835 577 298 1,792,698 6,016 4,500

THE Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale posted a set of figures that were well down on the corresponding totals from 2008 as the auction came to a close on Wednesday night.

Reduced from three days to two this year, the sale was yet another to take place in difficult trading conditions and, as expected, the final returns again reflected the prevailing economic situation.

Buyers were thin on the ground and the sale underlined the unfortunate plight of those occupying the lower tiers of the market for whom only a markedly curtailed level of demand exists.

Turnover for this year’s smaller catalogue fell from nearly €1.8m to just under €800,000. The median dropped by 56 percent from €4,500 to €2,000 and the average was down by 38 percent, falling from €6,016 to €3,739.

The final session was headed by a €15,000 son of Insan from Ballywooden House who was bought by agent Kevin Ross. The four-year-old comes from the immediate family of Feltham Novices' Chase winner Darkness.

"He'll stay in Ireland and will probably start off in point-to-points," said Ross. "He's a good moving horse with plenty of scope and is a half-brother to quite a decent horse in Mr McAuley. There's a few other good horses in the pedigree too."

Much earlier in the day, trainer Denis Murphy spent €14,500 on a three-year-old hailing from the first crop of Aidan O'Brien's English St Leger winner Scorpion.

Murphy has had plenty of talented jumpers pass through his hands during their formative years with one of the most recent being Tricky Trickster, who won the four-mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham this year.

 "I've bought him for an uncle of mine, Matt Murphy, from America. He's a nice type out of a good, tough mare and we'll be looking to start him off in point-to-points next spring," reported Murphy.

That price was later equalled by Seamus Mullins when he picked up a daughter of Chevalier from Newtownbarry House Stud. From a family that goes back to some high-class jumpers, the granddaughter of Danehill is a half-sister to a multiple stakes-winner in Scandinavia.

 "I was actually down looking at another horse and she just caught my eye. She's a lovely, easy moving filly with a great presence about her. She will go back to England to be broken and we will hopefully start her off in bumpers either next spring or in the autumn."

It was at this sale four years ago that last month's William Hill Galway Plate hero Ballyholland was purchased and, at €13,500, his trainer Colin McBratney struck for the only horse in the catalogue by Grand Prix de Paris scorer Khalkevi.

 "He's a very nice horse and a lovely mover too. I've bought him for an existing owner in the yard," stated McBratney of the Moanmore Stables-consigned three-year-old.

Elsewhere, a well related Definite Article filly from Parkville Stud, whose immediate family contains the ill-fated Supreme Novices Hurdle runner-up Granit Jack, was snapped up by David Harvey for €12,500.





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