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Tough going at the
end of the Derby Sale

comparative figures derby sale part 2
2009 191 154 78 50 577,050 7,398 5,500
2008 205 159 103 64 1,504,400 14,606 13,000

A €26,000 half-brother to Joe Lively led the way as the week at Tattersalls Ireland drew to a quiet close yesterday with Part Two of the company's Derby Sale.

Trade at the concluding day of the premier store sale was the toughest of the week and the final figures for the session reflected this. Turnover dropped from just over €1.5mto nearly €600,000. The average fell from €14,606 to €7,398 and the median was down by 58 percent from €13,000 to €5,500.

Joe Lively sibling to go to England
The session topper, who was sold by Forest Lodge Stables on behalf of John O'Callaghan, attracted his share of interest as a half-brother to the winner of the Feltham Novices Chase and Grade 2 Cotswolds Chase. It was eventually Tattersalls Ireland man Neil Walsh who emerged victorious in the battle for the four-year-old.

"He's a lovely horse. I've bought him for an English client and he will be going into training over there," reported Walsh.

Son of Robertico makes €23,000
Earlier a son of the deceased German Derby hero Robertico, whose runners to date include the smart jumper Pagan Starprincess, was sold to Noel Brennan for €23,000.Another four-year-old, he is the first foal out of a three-times winning daughter of Phardante.

Brian Boru gets to €22,000
The Robertico was preceded into the ring by a three-year-old hailing from the first crop of Aidan O'Brien's St Leger winner Brian Boru who cost Richard Rohan €22,000. The gelding's dam is the four-times winner Don't Waste It.

Winged Love goes to Dessie Hughes
Tomorrow marks the 14th anniversary of Winged Love's narrow Irish Derby victory and the In The Wings horse was responsible for a Frances Mallon-owned four-year-old who came the way of Dessie Hughes at €21,000.

"He's a lovely horse with plenty of depth to him," reflected Hughes. "He's four now so we'll be pressing on with him and hopefully he'll be ready to run in a bumper next spring."

Hanlon steals the Stowaway
Another €21,000 purchase came when John ‘Shark' Hanlon struck for a four-year-old son of the Great Voltiguer Stakes hero Stowaway. Hanlon has already enjoyed notable successwith offspring of the Slip Anchor horse and this Ronnie O'Neill-owned gelding was out of an unraced half-sister to the Sun Alliance Novices Hurdle runner-up Berude Not To.

Earlier Ian Ferguson spent €19,000 on a son of Heron Island sold by John Callanan. One of the gelding's winning own-brothers, Storm Brig, was bought by Ferguson at the August Sale here last year.

"I bought Storm Brig here last year for a man. He won his bumper at Kelso first time out and I've bought this horse for the same man," stated Ferguson. "He'll be going over to be trained by Alistair Whillans and hopefully he'll follow the same path as Storm Brig."

Meanwhile, a popular Presenting three-year-old from Glenwood Stud looks destined for a return to the sales ring after being bought by Kilronan Stud for €15,000. 




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470