Strong demand at the relocated Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale

The relocated Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale, transferred from its original venue and date at Fairyhouse in May to Park Paddocks, Newmarket in July due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions, saw sustained healthy and strong trade throughout the one-day session.
Overall, 125 horses were sold for an aggregate of €3,816,490, an average price of €30,532, an improvement of 9% compared with 2019, and a median price of €21,978, an increase of 22%. The clearance rate was 85%.
The sale was conducted in sterling and four lots sold for six-figures with the Grove Stud-consigned filly by Kitten's Joy fetching the top price of £220,000 (Lot 74). 
Her sale was a serious pinhook result for consignor Brendan Holland of Grove Stud - she cost just $27,000 as a yearling last summer.
"I bought her off my pals at Hunter Valley. She has done really well, she is a lovely, lovely filly, she has loads of quality. She was always very natural, I am delighted it is a great result," said Holland.
The filly's sale was 2020's penultimate breeze up offering from Grove Stud and Holland added: "It is a great end to the season. I look forward to relaxing and watching Goodwood next week, but we have got yearlings in and we are starting to prep them."
Another of the pinhook results of the day came late in the day - the colt by Dialled In, named Onesmoothoperator, purchased by Ger Kennedy of Sherbourne Lodge last autumn for $5,000, sold for £140,000 today (Lot 244). He was bought by Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock, standing on the stairs with trainer David Simcock.
He didn't do a fast time at all, but he is bred to be a 1m2f horse so you would not expect it - he is out of a Medaglia D'Oro mare from Stormy Atlantic's family," said Brown. "He is a phenomenal mover.  he has a wonderful way of going. He has been bought for our Never Say Die re-sale syndicate. We will put him in a field for two weeks now and he will probably go to David's in September."
"Ger found him late on in the US at the Fasig October Sale," said Yvonne Kennedy. "Buying yearlings in France and the US has been good to us this year, and there has been a lot of interest in the horse this spring."
Ger added: "The sale companies have all been brilliant with everything this year, and there is no place like an auction ring to find the true value of a horse."
The day's two other six-figure lots were both consigned by Katie Walsh's Greenhills Farm with the most expensive of the duo a Night Of Thunder colt (Lot 26) who sold for £160,000. 
"That was fantastic, he has always been a straightforward horse," said Walsh, adding: "He is from Micheal Ryan of Al Eile Stud, and he didn't go to a yearling sale. The farm decided they would go to the breeze ups instead, and my father [Ted] trains for Michael Ryan, Micheal's father.
"He has been with me since the middle of January and he breezed really well this week. It is a fantastic result, it is great for the breeder, and great for Greenhills Farm, as well.
"The Goresbridge Sale was always the plan - he is an April foal and the breeders wanted to give him every chance as he is tall, scopey and rangy."
Of the 2020 breeze up season, the consignor added: "Trade has been great, it has not been an ideal year for everyone, but trade has been really good. We can all go back shopping in a couple of weeks now, and that is what it is all about, it has been a short turnaround for everyone."  
Today's successful purchaser McStay said: "The sire speaks for himself, he is doing fantastic things. This horse did an exceptional breeze, he vetted particularly well and was well presented by Katie. I am delighted to get a Night Of Thunder, they are only going to get more expensive as the year goes on. He is for an existing client, goes to Ireland and probably to John Oxx."
The second six-figure lot from Greenhills was a Lope De Vega colt bought by Peter Nolan Bloodstock for £100,000 (Lot 172).
Nolan, who also spent £60,000 on Lot 99, a colt by Power and also consigned by Greenhills, and £40,000 on Lot 173, a filly by Camelot, said: "They are for the same client, who is new to me. All three will head to Ireland. The Power colt looks as though he will be a two-year-old, the others are more three-year-old types."
Walsh, understandably delighted with her day, said: "The Lope De Vega was a pinhook for a client. He came to me in January and has just developed all the way through. He is a backend two-year-old type and will be a three-year-old. The sire is on fire and this is a lovely sort." 
Nolan is heading from here to Doncaster for the NH Store Sale which on Monday features the Tattersalls Ireland Derby and May Sale and Goffs Land Rover joint-supplementary catalogue.
At the conclusion of the sale, Tattersalls Ireland Director Simon Kerins commented; 
"Firstly, I would like to thank the vendors who have risen to the challenge of today's sale being relocated to Park Paddocks at the 11th hour! Like many in the bloodstock industry, the breeze up consignors have had to deal with difficult circumstances in the run up to the 2020 Breeze Up season, notably with today's sale original dated in May and they have met the change in date and venue with tremendous positivity and it was pleasing to see several vendors have excellent results. 
The bloodstock industry is truly resilient, and this was evident today by the strong demand for the choice lots. It was immensely satisfying to sell the second highest price ever for a two-year-old at the Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale with Grove Stud's Kitten's Joy filly selling for £220,000 to David Simcock. There were considerable increases in the average of £27,284 (+9% - €27,992 in 2019) and median of £20,000 (+22% - €18,000 in 2019) considering that the numbers offered were down significantly on 2019, while the high clearance rate of 85% also needs to be acknowledged. We can now look forward to the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale returning to Fairyhouse Racecourse and Tattersalls Ireland respectively in 2021. 
The Tattersalls Ireland team look with positivity to hosting our Derby Sale and May Store Sale on the 18-20 August, followed by the August NH Sale on 27 - 28 August in Ireland."