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Tatts Ireland: Murphy buys €65k Network colt

THIS year’s Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale foal catalogue contained just two representatives by the much sought after Network and the second of these to come under the hammer, a fine colt from Mill House Stud, cost Aiden Murphy €65,000 on Wednesday.

Not for the first time, the battle for this prized foal came down to Murphy and Ben Case and the former would not be denied on this occasion. As well as sharing his sire with such jumping luminaries as Sprinter Sacre, the colt (Lot 657) is out of a placed half-sister to a pair of smart Flat runners and the Grade 1-placed French jumper Matinee Lover.

Mill House also offered the next lot into the ring, a son of Black Sam Bellamy from an excellent French jumping family, and he was snapped up by Agence FIPS for €34,000.

After missing out on the Network colt, Ben Case did gain compensation when giving €60,000 for a colt from the first crop of Getaway. The grandson of Monsun (Lot 698) is out of an unraced half-sister to the RSA Chase winner Cooldine and last season’s smart novice chaser Fists Of Fury. He was bought on behalf of Lady Jane Grosvenor and will be reoffered as a three-year-old.

The very next lot into the ring was a Flemensfirth colt out of a half-sister to the top-class hurdler Rhinestone Cowboy and the dual Cheltenham winner Wichita Lineman and he cost John O’Byrne €46,000.

A busy Aiden Murphy picked up another son of the late King’s Theatre when giving €52,000 for a colt (Lot 702) out of a Grade 3-placed jumper in France.




Earlier on Wednesday, prolific John O’Byrne went to €55,000 for a son of Presenting (Lot 639) consigned by Trench Hill Farm on behalf of breeder Aaron Metcalfe.

The colt is a brother to a €75,000 foal from last year’s sale but, more significantly, he is also a brother of the top class Weapon’s Amnesty, who won twice at the Cheltenham Festival, with his latest start coming when he defeated a top class field to land the RSA Chase in March 2010. Although he has missed the last two seasons it is hoped that the Charles Byrnes inmate will be able to return to action this season.

English-based Ray Bostock, who is a longstanding supporter of this sale, returned to the fray to give €34,000 for an Oscar colt (Lot 614) from Corecannon House Stud who is a half-brother to Victor Chandler Chase scorer Somersby.

Owner-trainer John Nallen, who has had plenty of smart horses through his hands, all of which carry the ‘Minella’ prefix, often competes for some quality foals at this sale and he snapped up a son of King’s Theatre belonging to Godfrey Deacon for €30,000. Lot 625 is out of the Grade 2 and Grade 3-placed chaser Another Dollar. 




A Scorpion colt from Mill Road Farm led the morning trade when he sold for €48,000.

Richard Rohan and Aiden Murphy did battle for lot 602 with Rohan emerging victorious for the colt, whose dam is the Listed-placed chaser Shanann Lady.

At the very outset of the session John Mallon spent €27,000 on a son of King’s Theatre (Lot 565) who was consigned by Ashfield House Stud on behalf of Marie Hickey.

The colt is out of a Bob Back mare who is a half-sister to the Supreme Novices' Hurdle scorer Menorah.

Another close relation of a former Cheltenham winner came in the shape of a Flemensfirth colt (Lot 587) belonging to John Bourke who cost Kieran Lennon €25,000.

The grandson of Alleged is out of a half-sister to Willie Mullins’ Cheltenham bumper winner Joe Cullen.





King's Theatre £948,417
Presenting £889,316
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £757,104
Milan £711,606
Westerner £562,432
Flemensfirth £516,588
Kayf Tara £470,195
Stowaway £400,859
Midnight Legend £396,669