September Yearling Sale Part II adds to record-breaking week

Dark Angel (IRE) / Portmanteau (GB) Gr.F. (IRE)
Dark Angel (IRE) / Portmanteau (GB) Gr.F. (IRE)

Where Part I of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale leads, Part II shall follow. After record-breaking returns in Part I, the one-day Part II session produced more of the same with a record average of €10,473, a eight per cent increase on 2021, and an €8,000 joint-record median, an improvement of 12 per cent on last year.

Horses sold at an impressive clearance rate of 82 per cent and day’s turnover concluded at €963,500, which was a 42 per cent increase on 2021’s aggregate.

The session was topped by a Dark Angel filly (Lot 527) consigned by Ringfort Stud. She is a half-sister to the three-time Group 1 winner Hunter's Light and was bought by Joe Foley for €52,000. It is the highest price given at the sale since 2017.

"She is a good model of a Dark Angel, a racy, athletic filly, I liked her physically," said Foley. "She is out of a good mare, a half-sister to a treble Group 1 winner, and from the deep family of Darshaan. She has lots of residual value, but more importantly she is a lovely, racy filly with a great temperament.

"I had not planned to buy something like her here today but, when I saw her this morning, I had a change of plan!"

Consignor Derek Veitch of Ringfort Stud said: "She came to us about six-seven weeks ago for her prep, has done really well and has strengthened through her work. 

"It is great to have the sale back at Fairyhouse, and the interest in horses generally has been so high – this sale has been solid all the way through."

An online bid from BBA Ireland of €42,000 secured the Sioux Nation filly (Lot 562) sold by Patricia Doyle of Ashwood Stud on behalf of Peter Stone’s Cloughmealy Stud.

"We bought the second dam Van De Cappelle from the Ballymacoll Stud dispersal," recalls Stone. "Her 13th foal is by Sioux Nation and he is a cracker, a really strong sort. We retained him and he is in training with Joseph O'Brien. It is because he is such a stand-out that we sent Art Nouvelle back to Sioux Nation."

The breeder added: "We are delighted with that price, Patricia does a brilliant job, they turn inside out through her prep.” 

BBA Ireland’s Michael Donohoe purchased the filly on behalf of a US client who is planning to race fillies in Ireland next summer, with possibilities of shipping subsequently to run in the US.

“We bought another by the sire earlier this week,” said Donohoe via telephone, adding: “Sioux Nation has done very well with his first crop and I am a big fan. 

“I saw the filly yesterday but had to be away today and the online bidding portal is really handy. She is a good physical and has a great temperament. Her dam had some ability, won a juvenile maiden at The Curragh, and there are some talented runners under the second dam.”

Commenting on the conclusion of Part II of the September Yearling Sale, CEO of Tattersalls Ireland Simon Kerins said: 

“Part II of the September Yearling Sale has enjoyed a welcome return to Fairyhouse and trade today has been buoyant. The demand seen the last two days continued into today’s session with an impressive 82% clearance rate along with a record average and matched record median. Part II has always been well supported by vendors when it took place in Ireland and achieving today’s figures will only further endorse this section of the sale. 

"We now look forward to compiling a catalogue for the Sapphire Sale with entries closing for foals, yearlings and broodmares on Monday October 17. All yearlings catalogued for both the September Yearling Sale and Sapphire Sale are eligible for the €300,000 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes 2023.”