This year’s median of €11,000 is just four per cent down on 2014’s record-breaking figure; the average of €13,685 is only two per cent off 2014, while the aggregate of €9,538,350 is a slight drop of five per cent.
This week’s sale has produced 11 foal lots which fetched €50,000 or more, exactly the same number as last year, while 68 lots sold for €30,000 and over, an improvement on the 63 sold in 2014.
The foal section was headed by the Flemensfirth colt sold to Brookland Stables for €110,000. The athletic colt is out of the Poliglote mare Keep Face, a half-sister to the wonderful eight-time Grade 1-winning chaser Master Minded.
Although today’s foal trade operated at a lower level, there was still strong competition for the best lots as indicated by a top price of €47,000 given by Richard Rohan for the Milan colt out of Babies Present (Lot 1261). He was consigned by Ballyarthur Stables, the property of Eleanor Broderick.
“I thought he was by far and away the best lot here today,” said Rohan. “He is for a client of Ballincurrig’s and will be returning here.”
Marshall Watson signed on behalf of Joseph John Johnston at €26,000 for a Yeats colt out of the winning and Grade 3-placed Johan Cruyff mare (Lot 1216).
Older Horses and Mares will conclude the November National Hunt Sale starting at 10am tomorrow.