The regular Tattersalls Ireland buyer went to €60,000 for a gelding by Touch Of Land (Lot 577). It is the highest-price yet given for a horse offered in the Part II sale, now in its second year.
“He is a gorgeous horse, I am delighted to buy him,” said O’Ryan. “He is out of young mare who has already had a stakes performer. He will stay to be trained in Ireland.”
Sold by Ger and Gerard Hannon of Ralahine Stud, the three-year-old gelding is out of Accordion To Bob (Accordion), dam of one winner from one runner – Too Scoops, who is the winner of a NH Flat race and has been twice successful over hurdles, including once at Listed level.
On behalf of a client, Five Star Bloodstock went to €38,000 for a Presenting filly (Lot 445) from Ballintry Stud. The half-sister to Holloways Hurdle (G3) winner Rock The Kasbah is out of a half-sister to the Grade 1 Swordlestown Novice Chase winner Royal Shakespeare. She has the point-to-point field ahead of her.
Underbidder on the filly was Longways Stables, and Sarah O’Connell and Micheal Murphy had better luck with Lot 498, a well-bred filly by Flemensfirth out of the Be My Native mare Native Bid.
“She is a racing and breeding prospect,” said Murphy after buying the Flemensfirth filly for €31,000. “She comes from a strong fillies’ family and could have been good enough to have been offered earlier in the week.”
Native Bid won a Listed mares' bumper and is dam of Mayfair Music (Presenting), winner of the Listed mares' hurdle at Doncaster, Stephanie Kate (King's Theatre), runner-up in Grade 3 mares' hurdle, as well as the gelding Oscar Nominee, placed in a Grade 2 hurdle.
A solid day’s trade produced an average price of €12,338, a median of €10,500 and an aggregate of €1,443,550. The clearance rate was a satisfactory 74%.
Commenting on the conclusion of Part II of the Derby Sale, Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director Roger Casey said;
“The record breaking renewal of The Derby Sale earlier in the week was always going to be difficult to follow and while somewhat more subdued than 2015, Part II has still managed to produce an improved top price of €60,000, a healthy average of €12,338 and median of €10,500. Our vendors have been very supportive again of this additional sales opportunity in Derby Sale week with purchasers attracted no doubt by the Derby Sale’s reputation for quality and the opportunity to be part of the popular €100,000 Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper in 2017. We would like to thank everybody involved in contributing to today’s sale and we now look forward with optimism to our August Sale commencing on August 9th 2016.”