A Flemensfirth colt from Lisnagar Paddocks (Lot 483) topped the first session of the foal section of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale selling to Brendan Bashford Bloodstock for €60,000.
The colt is the first foal out of the seven-time-winning mare Marie Des Anges, a full-sister to MISTER SNOWBALL, an Auteuil Listed hurdle winner.
Lough Na Sollis Stud, a previous consignor of session-topping foals at Tattersalls Ireland, enjoyed another good sale with Lot 367, an April-born son of Presenting. A three-quarters relation to the talented and admirable multiple Grade 1 chase and hurdles winner FIRST LIEUTENANT, the colt was bought by Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud for €52,000.
There was a strong reason for Murphy pushing strongly to buy the colt out of the Flemensfirth mare Sea Jewel - Murphy pin-hooked FIRST LIEUTENANT as a foal for €26,000 in 2005, selling him for €225,000 at the Derby Sale in 2008.
"It's a family I really like, we have the two-year-old out of Shop DJ (another grand-daughter of Sea Gale) as well," said Murphy. "We liked him a huge amount, he has so much quality about him. He is similar to FIRST LIEUTENANT and he is by a very good sire. The way the market is going, we knew we would have to pay a lot to get him but we were prepared to do that."
A very timely update came for Lot 439, a Getaway colt from Yellowford Farm; his half-brother by Yeats called Aye Right won his bumper at Carlisle just 50 minutes ahead of his younger brother going through the ring and selling for €43,000.
"I think he is a nice horse that moves very well and has a very nice pedigree," said purchaser John Donaghy. "He has a lot of the right attributes. Sarah Dawson, (trainer) is here with me and we are thinking about where these horses could go in the future and he could be one to go into training with her."
The session returned a healthy set of figures: the average and median grew by 10% to €13,378 and €11,000 apiece, the aggregate increased by 28% to €2,407,950 while the clearance rate grew 22% to 78%.
Foal trade continues tomorrow at the November National Hunt Sale commencing at 10am.