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Six-figure sales help revive August NH Sale

Year Cat Off Sold % Sold Agg.
2010 312 234 137
955,750 6,976 3,000
2009 296 222 108 48.6
383,800 3,554 2,500
Year Cat Off Sold % Sold Agg.
2010 625 483 251 52.0
1,547,350 6,165 3,500
2009 591 449 207 46.1
774,000 3,739 2,000

KILMESSAN-based Claire MacMahon went to €120,000 to secure the sale-topper in the concluding session of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale on Wednesday, where trade and the quality of individuals on offer moved up several gears and saw the auction return to the levels of 2008.

On a day when the sale produced its first six-figure transactions for several years, the two-day auction left last year's returns well behind.

The average of €6,165 was up by 65 percent, the turnover of over €1.5million was double last year's and the median improved by 75 percent from €2,000 to €3,500.

Several highly sought-after individuals saw trade improve markedly on the opening day's proceedings - early on Tuesday last year's total turnover had already been surpassed - and the pick of these was unquestionably the sale-topping Old Vic four-year-old.

Bought back by his connections for €42,000 at last year's Derby Sale, the Inchiquin Stud offering is a half-brother to a three-year-old Westerner gelding who famously made €325,000 when bought by Bobby O'Ryan at the Derby Sale here last than two months ago. Their dam is the Lismullen Hurdle heroine Rose Of Inchiquin.

"He's been bought for a client and is a very nice horse out of a good mare, and the half-brother topped the Derby Sale this year," said MacMahon, who is a multiple champion lady point-to-point rider in Ireland.

"I'm training in Kilmessan. Initially Itook out a licence a few years ago to train one that we bred ourselves and I've had mainly point-to-pointers up to now but I'm looking to expand things."

Not long afterwards Margaret O'Toole forked out €110,000 for a Presenting gelding consigned by Ardrums House Stud on behalf of Fiona Magee. A €50,000 foal purchase, he was the subject of a lengthy battle between O'Toole and Liam Burke before the hammer eventually came down in favour of O'Toole.

Her purchase comes from the family of the 1993 Stayers Hurdle heroine Shuil Ar Aghaidh. "I've bought him for an English client and it's most likely that he will be trained in the North of England," reported O'Toole.

Earlier the sale had looked set to be dominated by a €70,000 Old Vic filly. She was snapped up by Chepstow-based Roland Crellin who bred last season's Cheltenham Bumper winner Cue Card.

Consigned by Fergus and Sandra Cumiskey's Candlefort Stud on behalf of Paschal Keenan, the four-year-old Old Vic filly boasted the best pedigree in the catalogue as an own-sister to the Grade 1-winning chasers In Compliance and One Cool Cookie, Denise Foster's talented mare My Cool Lady and a two-year-old filly who made €75,000 as a foal here at the November Sale.

"She has been bought as a potential broodmare but we are going to put her into training first," reported Crellin. "Fillies like her just don't come on the market very often. I came over to the Derby Sale to buy her but she wasn't here and we decided to come back for her today. We'll bring her back to the U.K. and break her and then make a decision on who will train her."

Kevin Ross picked up several of the other higher priced lots and early in the session he gave €34,000 for a King's Theatre gelding from Parkville Stud whose relations include the Whitbread Gold Cup winner Ad Hoc.

A short whilelater Ross gave €18,000 for a son of Sahm who has enjoyed notable success in these parts through the likes of Mustameet and Red Moloney.

"The King's Theatre has been bought on behalf of a client to stay in Ireland. The Sahm has been bought on spec. He's just a very nice horse and he is a half-brother to five winners," stated Ross.




King's Theatre £1,148,097
Presenting £1,059,921
Beneficial £989,334
Oscar £896,303
Milan £871,660
Westerner £840,543
Flemensfirth £759,565
Kayf Tara £658,975
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470