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Tatts Ireland ends with all-round increases

FOR the third year in succession the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale ended on Wednesday with an improved set of final figures, while the final session was headed by a €75,000 colt from the first crop of the crack juvenile Bushranger.

Following two days of competitive trade that gave rise to a market with good strength in depth, the sale posted an average of €11,670 which was an 11 per cent improvement on last year.

The median progressed by some 19 per cent to €9,500 and the average of €11,670 was up by seven per cent. Furthermore 87 per cent of those that came under the hammer found buyers to produce a turnover of just short of €5m.

There was no doubting the star of the final day as the Bushranger colt, who was sold by Pat Dunworth's Torard House Stud, lit up proceedings to provide his vendor with a terrific dividend on the €12,000 that he cost at the Goffs February Sale.

The first foal out of a half-sister to a US stakes winner was the subject of a lengthy battle that eventually went the way of Emerald Bloodstock's Pauline Marterer after she had seen off the attentions of Ger Lyons and, lastly, Ross Doyle.

"He has been bought for Urs Suter who trains in Chantilly and he was here earlier but had to leave," said Ms Marterer. "Mr Suter [who trained the 2003 Italian Derby hero Osorio] really liked this colt and earlier in the sale he also bought a colt and a filly by Bushranger."

Earlier another first crop sire had looked poised to take centre stage as Armando Duarte spent €55,000 on a son Mastercraftsman from The Castlebridge Consignment. The colt comes from the family of Kooyonga, who was crowned champion European older mare 20 years ago.

"I've bought him for a client who is planning on buying a few yearlings and it will be decided later on where they go into training," reported Duarte. "He cost a bit more than we thought but the nice horses are making plenty and he is a good colt with plenty of scope."

Also coming in at €55,000 was a colt from the first crop of Intense Focus from Jim Bolger's Redmonstown Stud who was knocked down to Jim Gorman.

The Curragh trainer's purchase is a half-brother to the teak tough Leitir Mor who has twice reached the frame at Group 1 level this season and broke his maiden in the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month.

Jamie Osborne was acting for a long established client when giving €37,000 for an Acclamation colt from Rathbarry Stud while Peter and Ross Doyle were busy securing future talent for Richard Hannon.

Peter Doyle signed for a €33,000 daughter of Pastoral Pursuits who was showing good appreciation on the €11,000 that she cost as foal.

"She's a sharp filly out of a Mt Livermore mare and Richard had a very good horse by Mt Livermore in Lucky Lionel who won the Norfolk Stakes in 1995," reported Doyle.

Several minutes later Ross Doyle then secured a €34,000 Baltic King colt from Tally-Ho Stud. The colt shares his sire with the useful Hannon inmate Baltic Knight.




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