Advertise Colt Foal Sparkles Brightest At The Sapphire Sale

A son of Advertise topped the Sapphire Sale on Saturday | Tattersalls Ireland

Advertise (GB)'s colt foal (lot 123) was the most expensive lot on the day during Tattersalls Ireland's Sapphire Sale at Fairyhouse on Saturday. The Sapphire Sale featured Flat-bred yearlings, foals and broodmares and was the final sale of the year for Tattersalls Ireland.

Knocked down for €38,000 to Micheal Orlandi on behalf of Ballyphilip Stud, the bay is a half-brother to three winners out of his winning dam, herself a Fusaichi Pegasus half-sister to champion and Classic heroine Misty For Me (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), and champion and juvenile Group 1 winner Ballydoyle (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) among others. Part of the sale's top conignore Olive O'Connor's draft (five sold for an aggregate of €79,500), the colt was born on Feb. 23.

Paul McCartan of Ballyphilip Stud said via phone, “I saw some of the sire's stock through the autumn at the yearling sales and liked them. I also like the fact that Advertise was a Group 1-winning juvenile and then went on to win the [G1] Commonwealth Cup. I viewed this colt yesterday and this morning–he has a fine pedigree and has four champion 2-year-olds on his page.”

The late Pivotal (GB)'s 4-year-old daughter Super Proud (GB) was the dearest mare to go through the ring at €35,000. BBA Ireland snapped up the Rockview Stables-consigned winning bay from the family of Australian Group 1 winner Beaten Up (GB) (Beat Hollow {GB}).

Paul Curran was in charge of bidding and said, “She is for a client and we love her sire, that was a very important factor. There are some well-bred, unraced half-siblings to come and it is a nice page. She is an outcross so that gives lots of options.”

A chestnut daughter of Calyx (GB) (lot 20) was the most expensive yearling sold, catching the eye of father-daughter duo Con and Amy Marnane, who paid €30,000 for the half-sister to listed winner and G2 Queen Mary S. and G2 Lowther S. runner-up Easton Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}).

Marnane said of the Browne Brothers Bloodstock offering, “We'll take her home and prepare her for the breeze-ups next spring. She has a gorgeous pedigree with black-type under every dam on the page.

Calyx was unbelievable the day he won at Royal Ascot and we supported him with our own mares. We sold a colt by him out of Mia Divina (GB) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) to Andrew Balding at Book 2 for 145,000gns.”

A total of 100 lots (54%) sold from 184 offered for a gross of €599,400. The average was €5,994 and the median was €4,000. Valfredo Valiani spent €43,500 on six lots to lead all buyers.

CEO Simon Kerins said, “Once again, we are indebted to every vendor and each purchaser for their trust and support of the Sapphire Sale. European buyers, particularly from Italy and Poland, have made a contribution and the network of Tattersalls Ireland's International Agents played a significant part in today's sale. It was very apparent as we were inspecting yearlings in the Spring that there was genuine enthusiasm for our newest yearling sale and we are in a position now to work on it and move it forward for next year.

“So as the year closes, we can reflect on a year of so many achievements with the Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale smashing records, headed by a historic top lot of €520,000 and a record number of six-figure lots and a best-ever average of €38,155. The September Yearling Sale continued in the same fashion setting its own records with 70 lots selling for €50,000 or more as well as a record median and an average and turnover just below 2021's records. These results prove that when we are provided with the best horses we can deliver. Our hope is that these results and our improved facilities will continue to convince more consignors that they can and will achieve the very best results in the Tattersalls Ireland sales ring.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team for their hard work and dedication throughout the year and to ITM for their continued 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.”

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