Four days of incredibly strong foal trade produced the best set of returns for the foal section of the November National Hunt Sale seen since 2007, then a seven day foal sale. The aggregate of €11,683,700 is the third-highest turnover ever achieved by the foal session and an increase of 16 per cent on 2016, while the overall average of €16,596 and the median of €12,500 are also records and are increases of 14 per cent on the 2016 returns.
Over the four days, 59 foals sold for €40,000 or more, while 18 made sums of €60,000 or more.
Day four of the foal sale produced a top price of €54,000 given by Richard Rohan for a colt by Kapgarde (Lot 1214). Sold by Chapel Lane Bloodstock, the colt is a first foal out of a Protektor half-sister to the dam of 15-time and dual Grade 1 hurdle winner The New One.
"He is an unbelievable first foal," said Rohan, who outbid Oneliner Stables for the April-born colt. "A cracking sort, I couldn't leave him behind. He is by a very good sire and has a serious black-type horse high up in his page."
Lot 1246 claimed second spot on the final day of foal trade at the November National Hunt Sale. The colt, by UK based sire Blue Bresil, was knocked down to Gatterstown Stud and sold by Nunstainton Stud. He comes from an enviable family; Knock Down, the second day, was an eight-time winner herself and a winner at Grade 3 level in a chase in France.
Paul Cashman of Rathbarry and Glenview Studs spent €40,000 on a colt by the farm's late sire Presenting from Yew Tree Stables (Lot 1135).
"He is a sweet colt, with a good outlook," said Cashman. "We had the three-year-old full-brother whom we sold for €100,000. We also had Present Lodger, a son of this grand-dam Hannigan's Lodger - it has been a good family to us and keeps working away.
"The number of Presenting's are dwindling now and it's good to keep the flag flying for him - we might not see the likes of him as a stallion again!"
The final session of the November National Hunt Sale consists of mares and breeding stock and starts at 11am tomorrow.