It was a profitable day for Monbeg Stables who contributed three Lots to the £100,000 plus tally and their consignment totalled just short of €1million. The highlight of the consignment sale was the cleverly named Redhotfillypeppers, a Robin des Champs four-year-old filly who impressively won her Maiden at Necarne by ten lengths. She was knocked down to Harold Kirk and Irish Champion Trainer Willie Mullins for £200,000.
The next highest priced lot for Monbeg Stables was Secret Investor. By Champion National Hunt sire Kayf Tara, the four-year-old was the winner of his Maiden on his only start and heads to trainer Paul Nicholls after being knocked down to agent Tom Malone for £175,000 (Lot 28).
The third of Monbeg Stables six-figure Lots was Super Follo (Lot 64). The Enrique gelding proved popular throughout bidding and it was Noel Meade and Margaret O’Toole who won the bidding battle and bought the four-year-old for £150,000 who won a competitive Bartlemy Maiden comfortably by three lengths.
Denis Murphy’s Ballyboy Stables also had a productive time at the Cheltenham May Sale. They sold two Lots in excess of £100,000 and another for £90,000. The highest price for the Ballyboy Stables consignment was Lot 37, Lough Derg Spirit, a Westerner winner of a four-year-old Maiden at Athlacca. The gelding was knocked down to Highflyer Bloodstock for £190,000.
Murphy’s other six-figure Lot was Lot 47, a gelding by Oscar named Drovers Lane. He was the impressive eight length winner of his Maiden at Necarne and was secured by Rebecca Curtis for £135,000.
One More Hero (Lot 52), a five-year-old Milan gelding, offered by Denis Ahern’s Ballyknock Stables was the sixth lot to fetch a six-figure sum at the Cheltenham May Sale. He was the winner of a Gelding’s Maiden at Dromahane in April and was knocked down to Tom Malone for £100,000.
A full report will follow tomorrow, Friday 27 May, 2016.