That's a wrap on Store sales for 2022 at Tattersalls Ireland

 Karisto (FR) 2019 B.G. BY Stormy River (FR) EX Arakawa (GB)
Karisto (FR) 2019 B.G. BY Stormy River (FR) EX Arakawa (GB)

The one-day Part II session of the Tattersalls Ireland July Store Sale brought the Irish National Hunt store sale season to a successful conclusion.

The day’s sale was topped by a son of Stormy River (Lot 506), the three-year-old gelding spotted earlier in the week by James Doyle of Baltimore Stables. The buyer was rewarded for his foresight when successfully buying today at €30,000 and signing under the D/J Bloodstock banner.

"He is a gorgeous sort, a stand-out today, and he goes point-to-pointing," said the Enniscorthy-based Doyle. "Micheál Conaghan [Evergreen Stables] is taking a share."

The gelding, named Karisto and consigned by Mocklershill Stables, is out of the Dylan Thomas mare Arakawa, a daughter of the Italian Group 3 winner Alamanni.

Trainer Steven Crawford spent €25,000 on an Affinisea gelding sold by Moyfinn Stud (Lot 534), while Eoin McDonagh of Shanaville Stables went to €24,000 for the Kereen Stables-offered gelding from the first crop of the Kilbarry Lodge Stud-based stallion Pillar Collar (Lot 398). Linda Motherway paid the same price for the Glen Stables-consigned Mahler gelding out of the Deploy mare Dance On Deploy (Lot 573).

The 250 horses offered in the Part II section produced a turnover of €1,074,300, and an average price of €6,591 and a median of €5,000.

The session closed out a highly successful Tattersalls Ireland store horse season, headed up by June’s flagship Derby Sale. The two-day Derby Sale broke all records with a record turnover of €18,587,000, the first time the aggregate has broken the €18 million mark, a best-ever average price of €57,903 and median of €50,000.

The sale set a future benchmark for quality National Hunt store horse sales with five horses selling for €200,000 or more and a top price of €310,000, which was given for the Kapgarde filly sold by Lakefield Farm. She is the most expensive National Hunt store horse of the year and the highest-priced Derby Sale-sold three-year-old since 2018.

The Derby Sale was preceded by the season-opening May Store Sale, which produced a top price of €50,000 given for the Knocklane House-offered son of Affinisea, the Sea The Stars stallion whose stock has been so popular throughout the spring.

At the conclusion of the 2022 Tattersalls Ireland Store sales calendar, CEO Simon Kerins commented:

"What a summer of store sales... it’s been spectacular! Finally after two years our sales returned to where they belong on the sales calendar and each one of them told their own hugely successful story. This week’s July Store Sale firmly cemented its position in purchasers’ diaries and the significant increase witnessed in turnover, average and median justifies the move from an August date.

"There has been so many highlights over the last three months. The May Store Sale welcomed the first Store sale spend of 2022 with turnover surpassing the 2018 and 2019 May Store Sale sessions while also achieving a record clearance rate of 80%. The Derby Sale celebrated another phenomenal record-breaking renewal for the second year in a row, it just keeps getting better year on year. It was an outstanding sale that saw the highest-priced National Hunt store sold this year at €310,000, a whopping 93% clearance rate, as well as a record average just shy of €58,000 and a record median of €50,000.

"All these stats and achievements couldn’t be reached if it wasn’t for our vendors who supply the goods. It has been simply incredible what we have witnessed at Tattersalls Ireland this summer and it is a true reflection of the superb quality of National Hunt horses being produced by Irish and UK breeders and consignors. We are extremely grateful to our vendors who have entrusted us with their top-class stock and our returns this year only proves that we deliver.

"Likewise, our thanks must also go out to each purchaser who flocked to Fairyhouse and dug deep to fill their stables! There was an extensive range of buyers involved across each sale and at every level. Horses were bought in numbers by Irish, English, and French trainers and agents as well as new Irish and British-based owners. Most noteworthy were the point-to-point handlers who sat at the top of the purchaser table for each of our store sales, and it was a different stable taking top honours each time.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team for their hard work and Charles O’Neill and the ITM team for all their support. We can now look forward to following the careers of our new graduates and get back on the road searching for the class of 2023!"