Ryan Mahon Snaps Up Ittack Blue For 310,000gns to Top Tattersalls May Sale

Ittack Blue, Thursday's topper | Tattersalls

Ittack Blue (Fr) (Coastal Path {GB}) brought a sale-topping 310,000gns from Ryan Mahon during the inaugural Tattersalls May NH Sale on Thursday. Part of the Ballycrystal Stables consignment, the grey (lot 8) has already won a three-mile point-to-point at Punchestown on May 14.

Four other lots brought six figures, with the gelding Divilskin (Ire) (Doyen {Ire}) (lot 28) and the filly Seeyouinmydreams (GB) (Telescope {Ire}) (lot 9) both catching the eye of Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls at 245,000gns and 235,000gns, respectively. The former was offered by Milestone Stables, while the latter hailed from the draft of Blackhall Stables. The duo won three-mile point-to-points from their only starts at Largy on consecutive days, with Seeyouinmydreams in action on Apr. 29 and Divilskin the day after.

Besides the point-to-pointers, the session also contained store horses, and the top-priced lot in the category was a 3-year-old son of Youmzain (Ire) (lot 132) who sold for 35,000gns to Matthew Flynn O'Connor's Ballycrystal Stables. Consigned by Peter Nolan Bloodstock, the gelding is a son of All Star Lady (Ire) (Presenting {GB}), herself the granddaughter of the listed winner Auntie Dot (GB) (Hallodri {Aut}), who was placed in the Grand National.

At the close of trade, 56 of the 83 lots offered sold (67%) for a gross of 2,884,500gns. The average was 51,509gns and the median was 37,500gns.

Head of Sales Matthew Prior said, “Tattersalls Park Paddocks in Newmarket has already established itself as a proven venue for selling high quality point-to-pointers and National Hunt horses in training having hosted relocated Tattersalls Cheltenham sales over the last two COVID-disrupted years. Those sales produced record prices as well as numerous top quality racecourse performers all of which encouraged us to host today's inaugural May NH Sale in Newmarket.

“That decision was borne out with a sale that has achieved turnover of just shy of 3 million guineas as well as five point-to-pointers selling for 150,000 guineas or more and a top price of 310,000 guineas. Many of the British and Irish National Hunt fraternity's most familiar faces were present at Park Paddocks resulting in solid trade and plenty of competition for the most sought after lots.

“We also took the decision to sell a number of store horses for the first time in Newmarket and whilst a top price of 35,000 guineas and an average of 13,368 guineas are respectable, the clearance rate was less than we would have hoped for. We are very appreciative of the support shown to us by store consignors and will reassess whether combining point-to-pointers and store horses is the optimal format for this fixture.”

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