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Denman: a yearling gelding out of a half-sister to the leading chaser has made €47,000 at Fairyhouse today



Two-year-old Milan gelding bought by
Marley for €25,000


THE completion of the yearling sale, which was dominated by David Minton, was followed by a brief section given over to two-year-olds and the pick of thesewas a Milan gelding (Lot 366), who was snapped up by Roger Marley for €25,000.

The Michael Ryan-owned gelding is the first foal out of an sister to the high-class bumper horse Crocodiles Rock and he comes from the family of That’s My Man and Spirit Leader.

Monday’s session now concludes with the first batch of foals to come under the hammer and the remaining three days of this sale are devoted exclusively to foals.


A prolonged duel between David Minton and John O’Byrne has produced a new top price for the day as a King’s Theatre own-brother to Sesenta sells for €60,000.

The Michael Carroll-owned gelding, whose sister won at Group 2 and Group 3 level over hurdles as well as landing a famous victory in the Ebor Handicap at York, eventually went the way of Minton who quickly countered O’Byrne’s every bid. Lot 305 is out of a winning Bob Back mare and her siblings are headed by Eric McNamara’s Group 1-winning juvenile hurdler Strangely Brown.

John O’Byrne did enjoy better luck when he secured a popular son of Kayf Tara (Lot 299) from Goldford Stud for €38,000. The gelding is out of the two-time-winning Slip Anchor mare Maiden Voyage whose siblings include the Grade 2 winner Venalmar and the Listed scorer One Gulp.

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Close relation to Denman makes €47,000
Tommy Wade’s Gatterstown Stud is currently setting the pace after giving €47,000 for a fine son of Presenting (Lot 280) from Dick Frisby’s Glenwood Stud.

The half-brother to three point-to-point winners always promised to be one of the most popular yearlings of the day as he hails from a family that has already worked especially well with Presenting: his dam is an unraced Phardante half-sister to the outstanding Gold Cup winner Denman and the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle winner Silverburn.

The previous lot into the ring was a good son of King’s Theatre (Lot 279) who came the way of John O’Byrne at €40,000. Also part of the Glenwood Stud draft, the grandson of Sadler’s Wells is out of a half-sister to Noel Meade’s formerly high class chaser Watson Lake.

David Minton remains very active and he hadto go to €37,000 to secure a son of Quevega’s sire, Robin Des Champs, from Peter Molony’s Rathmore Stud. Lot 294 is a half-brother to a winner out of an own-sister to the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Hennessy Gold Cup scorer Celestial Gold.


Minton puts the early pace to the sale
TODAY’s session at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale is given over to yearlings, two-year-olds and then foals. Yearlings make up the majority of the day’s catalogue and, as ever, Highflyer Bloodstock’s David Minton has been busy stockpiling future talent and he is currently setting the pace.

Minton had to fight off several different challenges to secure a Presenting gelding belonging to Marin Donnellan, who made €27,000. Lot 210 is the third foal out of the dual winner Ballygill Heights and comes froma family headed by Pat Kelly’s Galway Hurdle scorer No Tag.

Another to have fallen Minton’s way is an Oscar gelding owned by Richard Cotter, who made €22,000. The paternal grandson of Sadler’s Wells (Lot 228) is out of a half-sister to the Willie Mullins stalwart and dual Grade 1 scorer Scotsirish.




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