Highly Satisfactory Opening Foal Session

Lot 215, Walk In The Park (IRE) / Poppy Kay (GB) B.C.
Lot 215, Walk In The Park (IRE) / Poppy Kay (GB) B.C.

Bought for €52,000 by Frannie Woods, who signed under the Abbeylands Farm banner, the colt is out of the talented Listed-winning racemare Poppy Kay, a daughter of Kayf Tara and bred and raced by Aiden Murphy. 

Poppy Kay was a good mare, she was rated 137," said consignors Eileen and Jimmy Furlong of Thistletown Stud. "She is back in-foal to Walk In The Park, we want to give her every chance. It is a good start for the week – we have five tomorrow and the next day, and two for the last day."

Regular Tattersalls Ireland foal buyer Ian Ferguson went to €50,000 for Lot 225, a colt by Blue Bresil consigned by Clonbonny Stud.

"He is a lovely foal, I thought the nicest here today, and he is by a very popular sire in Blue Bresil," reported Ferguson. "He has been bought for a client and will come back to me. I doubt he will see another sale ring until he has done something on the track." 

The colt is out of Onefortherose (Doyen), who was placed over hurdles. She is a half-sister to Patricks Park (Insatiable), winner of the Guinness Handicap Chase, the Sandyford Handicap Chase and placed in the Galway Plate.

Yellowford Farm has had a lot of success at Tattersalls Ireland with progeny by Walk In The Park and today was no exception – the farm sold its homebred colt by the sire and out of the Network mare Chesapeake for €47,000 to Kieran Shields (Lot 305).

Yellowford supremo Frank Motherway ushered daughter Deirdre Cashman to report on the sale. She said: "We bought the mare in 2018 – I think we bought her well as we paid just €8,500 for her. Two years ago, we sold her older foal by Solider Of Fortune to Timmy Hillman for €39,000, and now she has had a good result today – she has done really well for us. She is a lovely big mare, big and strong." 

Chesapeake is a half-sister to Bleu Berry (Special Kaldoun), winner of the Hardy Eustace Novices Hurdle (Grade 2) and placed third in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle (Grade 1).

The highly satisfactory and consistent day’s trade saw a growth in median of 18 per cent to €11,750 while the average price was €13,805.

The 173 foals sold from the 233 offered produced a 73 per cent clearance rate and a turnover of €2,346,800.

The five-day foal section of the November National Hunt Sale continues tomorrow with selling starting at 10am.