Robust trade at November NH Sale topped by €97,000 Blue Bresil colt

Day 2 of the Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale continued to see foals by Blue Bresil dominate, the Rathbarry Stud sire progeny taking the top two spots for the second day in succession and both out of mares by the former champion Rathbarry-based sire Presenting.

Coolmara Stables went to €97,000 for the colt out of the mare Beautiful War (Lot 350) sold by Maurice Barry of Ballykineally Stables.

Purchaser Cathal Mariga of Coolmara reported: "Blue Bresil is a great sire, we have a good few mares in-foal to him and we sell one by him tomorrow who is out of a half-sister to Big Bucks. They are all able to move and have a bit of size and presence. We thought that this is one of the best foals here, he is for resale and will, hopefully, come back to the Derby Sale.”

The delighted consignor Barry said: "We bought the mare Beautiful War – and she is very well named as she is beautiful. She is the loveliest mare and this foal was always like a lamb.

"We have supported Blue Bresil all the way through since he has stood at Cork and Beautiful War is back in-foal to him."

The British-based pinhookers Paul and Alana Cowley, who signed under their Vanquish Bloodstock banner, bought two colts by Blue Bresil the most expensive being Lot 387 consigned by Clontenty Farm and who cost €80,000.

"He has been bought for resale," said Cowley. "We loved his movement, he is full of quality, the stallion is hot and as an individual this colt is very correct. We try and buy around four each year and so we have made a start, there are some nice foals here."

Stephen O'Flynn and father John of Clontenty Farm have around 15 mares, and bred and sold this colt out of their homebred Dreamers Daughter (Lot 387).

"He is an exceptional foal and has been since the day he was born," said O'Flynn Jnr. "The sire is on fire, but his dam being by Presenting is also a massive factor. She is a homebred and we also bred her full-brother Doctor Harper and half-brother Highway One O Two - both are stakes winners.”

Two lots made €65,000 – a colt by Walk In The Park and a half-brother to the Grade 2-winning and Grade 1-placed Zanahiyr sold by Ballincurrig House Stud (Lot 321) to AMG Bloodstock, and Lot 326 by first-crop sire and Irish Derby winner Santiago.

Consigned by Kilbarry Lodge Stud, the Santiago colt is out of the black-type-placed Alighting (Kayf Tara), who is a half-sister to the multiple Grade 1-winning chaser Don Poli, and he was bought by Charles Shanahan and Glenvale Stud.

Con O’Keeffe reported: "Alighting had caught my eye when she came to Kilbarry to be covered by Diamond Boy and we bought her a bit after. She is a lovely big scopey mare and has a great pedigree. We always send a few of our mares to outside stallions and we decided on Santiago as a new stallion for that year."

The November NH Sale continues tomorrow at 10am with the third session of NH bred foals due through the ring.