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Tatts Ireland close with improved sales figures

FOR the first time in three years the five day Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale played host to a six figure foal and is poised to end with an improved set of final figures.

Over the last three days the sale witnessed notably improved activity in the foal market, and a colt from the first crop of Yeats achieved €100,000.

Aside from that obvious highlight, demand and competition throughout the foal market held up well and the yearling sale on Monday also witnessed quite a reasonable level of trade.

Demand for mares remains very subdued butit was this sector that produced the two biggest prices of the week in J'y Vole and Katmai who made €120,000 and €115,000 respectively.

For the third day in a row Ben Case saw off all challengers to secure the top priced foal of the day as he went to €75,000 for a Presenting own-brother to the dual Cheltenham Festival winner Weapon's Amnesty. Underbidder for the Trench Hill Farm-consigned and Aaron Metcalfe-owned colt was John O'Byrne.

 "He's another smashing sort and obviously he's a brother to a really top class jumper," said Case who was once more acting for client Lady Jane Grosvenor.

"We've bought four here this week and time will tell whether we have done the right thing. It's been a strong market and competitive but the expensive foals that we have bought here in the past have done reasonably well when we have brought them back for resale and the market at the store sales has held up well all things considered."

The second highest price of the day was also achieved by a Presenting colt when RBR Bloodstock gave E40,000 for a relation to the smart jumpers Celtic Son and Junior while several well bred fillies were also to the fore yesterday.

These included a King's Theatre filly out of a mare who has already bred the Grade 1-winning duo In Compliance and One Cool Cookie. She was bought by Kevin Heaney for €31,000 and this price was closely matched by Welsh-based Rowland Crellin, who bred the 2010 Chelenham bumper winner Cue Card. Crellin spent €30,000 on an own-sister to Menorah.

The €30,000 mark was also reached by several other son of Presenting, one of whom was bought by John O'Byrne, and also coming in at this level was a Robin Des Champs colt snapped up by Rathmore Stud's Peter Molony.

 

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