Laurina steals the show as the curtain goes down on an unbelievable November National Hunt Sale
The final day of the November National Hunt Sale, the foal section produced a top lot of €70,000 together with an aggregate of €2,068,550, a median of €10,000, an average of €14,775 and a clearance of 74% (+3%). The overall figures for foals at the November National Hunt Sale concluded with an aggregate of €8,932,500, a median of €13,000, an average of €17,973 (+7%) and a clearance rate of 79% (+8%).
The record breaking mares’ section of the November National Hunt Sale proved a credible market for choice mares with a top price of €290,000 for LAURINA making her the highest priced lot to go through the ring at Tattersalls Ireland this week. The section produced an aggregate of €994,000 (+25%), a median of €32,500 (+282%) and average of €55,222 (+229%). The clearance rate was 72%.
The overall sale, which saw a catalogue reduced by 32% produce resilient results; a hugely increased clearance rate of 78% combined with an aggregate of €10,055,100, a median of €13,000 (+8%) and an average of €19,008 (+15%).
The top priced foal on the final day of the November National Hunt Sale was consigned by Vanessa Teehan-Rouzier’s Charel Park Stud. The colt, by Jukebox Jury who was among the top 10 sires throughout the sale, was sold to Richard Rohan for €70,000. Out of the mare Sainte Baronne, he is a half-brother to Grade 2 Bumper winner and Grade 1 Champion Bumper runner-up APPRECIATE IT and Grade 2 performer Danny Kirwan (Lot 736 pictured).
Out of a sister to the wonderful eight-time, dual Grade 1 winner SIMONSIG, Simmonstown Stud's colt by Getaway becomes the second highest price foal of the day selling to Ian Ferguson for €65,000 (Lot 753). The colt is the first foal out of Simonia, herself placed in a bumper and over hurdles and is further related to another black-type performer in MY MURPHY.
Demand for progeny by the Coolmore sire Walk In The Park was strong throughout the November National Hunt Sale making him the leading sire. This was evident again today with Lot 600 fetching €64,000. The colt, out of dual Listed and four-time winning dam ANTARTICA DE THAIX, consigned by Cleaboy Stud & Coppice Farm was sold to pinhooker Dick Frisby.
She produced it on the track and now one of the best racemares in national hunt history is off to do it in the breeding shed. LAURINA, a seven-time winner, five of them in black-type company made history at Tattersalls Ireland becoming the most expensive horse to go through the ring when selling to Douglas Taylor for €290,000 from Ballincurrig House Stud. Underbidder Ian Ferguson fought hard to secure the mare but it was Taylor, with his daughter Molly by his side who landed the winning bid (Lot 801A).
Douglas, who signed for LAURINA under his Ridgewood Stud banner commented; “We are delighted to get LAURINA. She is scheduled to visit Jet Away and we are looking forward to her first progeny in 2022.”
The Beeches Stud secured the four-time winning mare Moskovite consigned by Boherna Stables for €160,000 (Lot 803A). Herself, a daughter of Flemensfirth, she is a four-time winner and placed in Grade 2 and 3 company.
On the track POSH TRISH won on six occasions, three of them in Listed company. Consigned by Mimi Wadham and Violet Hesketh's WH Bloodstock, POSH TRISH is tailor made to be a broodmare and her next career will be for Oliver Loughlin after being knocked down for €118,000 (Lot 797).
The very first mare through the ring for 2020 produced a notable return when being knocked down for €75,000. Regal Return, a six-year-old half-sister to BALLYADAM and from the further family of MACALLISTER and GLORY AND FORTUNE. She was consigned by Horseshoe House Stud and sold to Seamus Murphy (Lot 786).
At the conclusion of the November National Hunt Sale, Tattersalls Ireland CEO Matt Mitchell commented;
“Words fail to credibly describe the foal market. The depth of demand vastly exceeded the most optimistic expectations, with the number of foals sold for €50,000 or more rising to 28 this year. Equally significant has been the outstanding quality of the foals on offer this week and breeders have been handsomely rewarded which instils confidence in the future of national hunt breeding in Ireland. This confidence was reflected in the strength and depth of the mare market.
I would also like to extend our thanks to HRI and ITM for their assistance in ensuring that we were able to stage another successful sale in Fairyhouse and thanks is due to both purchasers and vendors who attended the sales complex and adhered to the strict sales day protocols."