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Top-class chaser J'y Vole sells for €120,000

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TOP-CLASS chaser J'y Vole helped the all-encompassing Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale get off to a bright start on Sunday when selling for €120,000.

There was no shortage of interest in the eight-year-old daughter of Mansonnien but ultimately the hammer came down in favour of Michael Moore of Ballincurrig House Stud, who was acting on behalf of Paul Murphy, owner of Carole's Legacy.

PERHAPS the most sought after National Hunt family on the market was represented by the winning Bob Back mare Katmai and the seven-year-old did not disappoint when selling to Paul Thorman for €115,000.

A host of would be purchasers did their best to secure the Baroda & Colbinstown Studs offering (Lot 146) but none could match Thorman whose purchase is a half-sister to the great triple Gold Cup winner Best Mate, the Grade 1-winning Cornish Rebel and the dual Grade 3 scorer Inexorable. Her €115,000 purchase price made her the most expensive mare sold at this sale for a number of years.

LAST YEAR'S top price of €46,000 for the mares section of this sale was equalled by the talented Shuil Aris who was knocked down to Paddy Doyle of Slaney River Stud after he saw off the attentions of Jimmy Mangan.

Sold by Coolamurry Stud, the ten-year-old (Lot 115) was sold in foal to Oscar. During her time on the track Shuil Aris won three times for trainer Paul Nolan in addition to filling the runner-up position in several Grade 3 events over hurdles and a Grade 2 handicap Chase. Shuil Aris comes from an excellent dynasty that has produced a host of high class jumpers.

CURRAGH trainer Eddie Harty added to his string for the winter months when he forked out €25,000 for the listed-placed hurdler Labeille.

The Gerry Mullins-owned four-year-old (Lot 101) is a six times winner over jumps in France this year while she is a half-sister to the high class Edward O'Grady inmateShot From The Hip. The latter enjoyed his finest hour when he won the Gr.1 Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in May. 

THE OLDER horse section which traditionally gets the all encompassing November National Hunt Sale underway was, as usual, a low key affair and heading this section was a three-year-old son of Beneficial who was knocked down to P Cashman for €8,000. The Leslie Laverty-owned grandson of Top Ville (Lot 39) isout of a half-sister to the high class chaser Blazing Walker.

Meanwhile Castleview Stables spent €6,2000 on a four-year-old son of King's Theatre belonging to Dermot Kilmartin. Lot 67 comes from the family of the great Wayward Lad.

Earlier Wexford-based point-to-point trainer John Paul Brennan spent €6,000 on a three-year-old (Lot 57) son of Westerner.

The remainder of the day is given over to mares and with the likes of J'y Vole due to come under the hammer prices should improve markedly over the coming hours.




King's Theatre £966,447
Presenting £915,592
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £760,303
Milan £717,591
Westerner £562,617
Flemensfirth £517,208
Kayf Tara £484,372
Stowaway £410,997
Midnight Legend £396,669