New Bay colt tops Tattersalls Ireland Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale

A colt foal by the exciting first-crop Ballylinch Stud sire New Bay, a Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club-winning son of global sire Dubawi, topped proceedings at the one-day Tattersalls Ireland Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale. The March-born colt (Lot 170) was bought by Tom Whitehead of Powerstown Stud for €60,000.Consigned by Baroda and Colbinstown Stud, the colt is from the prolific-winning family that produced this year's Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes winner Accidental Agent.

"He has a good page, and it's a happening family - there is a Horris Hill Stakes (G3) winner in there now, too," said Whitehead referencing to this year's promising Group 3-winning two-year-old Mohaather. New Bay was a good racehorse and is by Dubawi, too. The plan will be to resell next autumn," added Whitehead.

Another purchaser with resale plans next autumn in mind is Tony O'Callaghan of Tally-Ho Stud, who bought three lots, including a Dandy Man colt consigned by Springfort Stud for €44,000 (Lot 71). "He will be for resale," said O'Callaghan, the day's leading purchaser. "He is by a good sire and out of a winning mare by the good broodmare sire Shamardal. We sold Kingsgate Native as a yearling - he is under the third dam."

The Listed-placed Muhtathir mare Naadrah (Lot 222), sold in-foal to the Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1) winner Awtaad, topped the mare's session selling for €42,000 to Ronan Burns of Herberstown Stud.

"She is a good-looking mare and was stakes placed, and her 2015 foal Moonlight Bay has reached a rating of 95. The mare is in-foal to a Classic winner, who had his first foals this year, on a February cover. She is for Herbertstown," said Burns. 

Matt Mitchell, CEO of Tattersalls Ireland said; "Coming into this sale we had realistic expectations on what trade would be like at this segment of the market following on from similar trading conditions witnessed at some yearling sales. The demand for less commercial stock is limited. It is satisfying to see an increase in the average, and surpass last year's top lot with a top price of €60,000 proving there is demand for the better quality stock."

The average price for the day's sale increased by four per cent to €6,176, the median slipped by 14 per cent to €3,000 while the aggregate of €599,100 was a 21 per cent decrease on 2017.

The six-day November NH Sale starts on Sunday at 10am with a session of two and three-year-old store horses and yearlings.