Foal Portion Of The November NH Sale Wraps With Old Persian Topper

An Old Persian colt was Wednesday's top lot | Tattersalls Ireland

Leading the way as the four-day Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale concluded on Wednesday was a colt by Old Persian (GB) (lot 954). Offered by Ballincurrig House Stud, the colt attracted the bid of Kevin Ross Bloodstock at €60,000.

“We really wanted one by the sire,” said Ross. “We love the line, Old Persian is by Dubawi (Ire) which we are keen on, and he was a tough campaigner who won nine races around the world. This is a lovely model, a good-walking type and his half-brother Slade Steel (Ire) (Telescope {Ire}) looked promising when he won his maiden hurdle at Naas the other day. We had to push the boat out, but he is a lovely type. He stays in Ireland and will be for resale.”

A record-breaking nine foals hammered for €80,000 or more over the four days and 41 brought €50,000 or higher equaling the previous best-ever achieved results for that metric in 2021. Star sire Blue Bresil (Fr) had 17 foals sell for €50,000 or above this week.

Moanmore Stables bought lot 752 for €55,000 on Wednesday. Consigned by Cloney Stud, the colt is out of Oi Oi (Ire) (Oscar {Ire}), herself a half-sister to a trio of Grade 3 winners.

Peter Vaughan of Moanmore Stables said of the Blue Bresil colt, “He will be for resale, he has a very good pedigree and is a very good mover.”

Taken as a whole, 569 foals sold from 859 offered (66%) for a gross of €10,185,100. Figures were down compared to 2022, with the average declining 1% to €17,900 and the median dropping 17% to €12,000. However, the average was the third-best ever achieved during the foal portion of the sale.

The fifth and final session of the November National Hunt Sale will consist of yearlings and mares and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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