Nov 11, 2019

Strong trade on the opening foal session at the November National Hunt Sale

The first day of the foal session of the 2019 November National Hunt Sale produced a top price of €62,000, given by Timmy Hillman of Castledillon Stud for a colt by the reigning champion National Hunt sire, Flemensfirth.

Offered by Ballincurrig House Stud, the March-born colt is the second foal out of the four-time-winning Robin Des Pres mare Whizzzey Rascal, a half-sister to the 12-time winning, Galway Handicap Hurdle (G1) hero Clondaw Warrior (Lot 294). 
Hillman was the busiest purchaser through this first session of foals with five lots bought as pin-hook prospects, including the day's second-best priced lot (€48,000), a son of Milan out of Miss Bobs Worth (Bob Back). As her name suggests she is an own-sister to the Gold Cup and three-time Grade 1 Cheltenham Festival winner, Bobs Worth (Lot 298). 

Rathmore Stud was also a multiple buyer through the session with the farm's most expensive of four purchases being a €45,000 Court Cave colt out of Blazing West (Lot 265). She is a Westerner half-sister to Blazing Tempo, winner of the Grade 1 Galway Plate Chase and dam of Blazing Emily, recently placed twice in Listed hurdles.

"We know the family well; we bred Blazing Emily and she now has black-type," said Peter Molony of Rathmore Stud.

"This colt seems fairly typical of the family - a good big chasing type. I like the sire, and this is a lovely horse," he added of the Peter Nolan Bloodstock-consigned youngster.

The price was matched by Oaks Farm's purchase of Lot 231, a colt by Soldier of Fortune out of Bells Walks Day (Flemensfirth). She is a full-sister to Time For Rupert, an eight-time winner and runner-up in the World Hurdle (G1). 

Mark Dwyer of Oaks Farm was backing his judgement a second time; the buyer bought the colt's year older full brother for €63,000 at this sale last year.

"We like the yearling and we are giving Soldier of Fortune a chance," said Dwyer of the Chancery Stables offered colt. "I thought this colt was one of the nicest today - I wasn't disappointed when I saw him. The mare is throwing good foals."

The day concluded with 168 lots (68%) sold for an aggregate of €2,039,400, an increase of 21% compared with the same session in 2018. The median showed a healthy increase rising by 18% to €10,000, while the €12,139 average was an improvement of 4% on 2018. 

Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale continues tomorrow, Tuesday 12 November starting at 10am.