Nov 7, 2016
Strong Demand For Quality Foals At The November National Hunt Sale
Day one of foal trade at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale saw strong demand for quality foals throughout the day. At the end of sale on Monday 7 November, the aggregate resulted in €1,872,000 while the median and average both showed increases of 11% to €10,000 and 6% to €12,235 respectively.
Headlining the day was the son of the popular sire Flemensfirth. Gearoid Costello acting on behalf of owner Carl Hinchy bought the in demand colt, who is closely related to Monkey Kingdom, owned by Hinchy and trained by Costello's partner Rebecca Curtis. Consigned by Mr Thomas Horgan and out of the mare Sleepless Eye, Lot 334
was knocked down for €58,000.
Demand for Flemenfirth's progeny continued throughout the day where he also took second top spot on the leading lots table. Exactly 99 slots later, Lot 433
entered the ring under the Ballincurrig House Stud banner and was quickly knocked down to agent Aiden Murphy. A regular leading purchaser at Tattersalls Ireland, Murphy bid to €55,000 to secure the colt who is from the family of Diamond King. Murphy is familiar with this pedigree; in 2011 he purchased the Cheltenham Festival winner at the Derby Sale for €95,000.
Earlier in the day, UK based Paul Thorman of Trickledown Stud secured Lot 279
, a colt by Shirocco out of Go On Eileen. This is a black-type pedigree, boasting plenty of current form with performers including Listed winner THE ORGANIST and Grade 1 placed Regal Encore. Ballycurragh Stud sold the colt for €52,000.