National Hunt Sale

Oak Grove Leads The Way At Tattersalls Cheltenham

One of eight six-figure lots on the day, Oak Grove (Ire) (Soldier Of Fortune {Ire}) (lot 13) took pride of place when selling for £250,000 to Fergal O'Brien Racing during the Tattersalls Cheltenham April Sale on Thursday evening. O'Brien was buying the relative of Grade 1 winner Voler La Vedette (Ire) (King's Theatre {Ire}) for Chris and Deborah Giles, who already have a half-share in another O'Brien runner, Crambo (GB) (Saddler Maker {Ire}). "We have no plans as yet," reported O'Brien of the Rob James Racing-consigned 4-year-old who captured an...

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Jersey Des Brosses Brings 370k At Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale

Wildcard Jersey Des Brosses (Fr) (No Risk At All {Fr}) (lot 32) brought a sale-topping bid of £370,000 from Gordon Elliott Racing to lead the way during Thursday's Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale. The price was the highest for a 4-year-old since 2019. Second on his debut at Oldtown last weekend to fellow sales horse Jingko Blue (Fr) (Great Pretender {Ire}) (lot 36) who made £225,000 from JP McGrath Bloodstock, Jersey Des Brosses was consigned by Colin Bowe's Milestone Stables. Elliott, bidding online, said, "He looked the standout horse in the...

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Walk In The Park Colt Tops February National Hunt Sale

A colt by Walk In The Park (Ire) led the way with a €49,000 final bid at Tuesday's one-day February National Hunt Sale at Fairyhouse. Sold by Walshtown Stables on behalf of breeder Liam Flavin, lot 109, who is out of Be Mine Tonight (Ire), was purchased by pinhooker Dick Frisby. Consignor Donie Murphy said, "We always thought he was a nice sort, this is the right sale for him as he was a June foal. The mare is three from three and there are a few more from her...

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Bella Veneta Tops Tattersalls Ascot November Sale

The 3-year-old filly Bella Veneta (GB) (Belardo {Ire}) took top honours during the one-day Tattersalls Ascot November Sale on Thursday, when selling for £30,000 to Paramount Timber. Consigned by Wayne Hawkins as lot 64, the bay daughter of World Class (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) won a novice at Bath in April, and is currently rated 75. Second dam Out West (Gone West) foaled a trio of stakes winners led by G1 Derby ace Motivator (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}) and G2 Hardwicke S. hero Macarthur (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}). Shade Oak Stud's unraced sophomore...

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Quartet Of Wildcards Join Arqana Autumn Sale

Four more horses have been entered in the Arqana Autumn Sale as wildcards and will sell on Nov. 14 alongside the 233 Flat and National Hunt horses-in-training already revealed. Francis-Henri Graffard trainee Carini (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) (lot 344) is a stakes-placed three-time winner and is rated 102. He is joined by Garachico (GB) (Ribchester {Ire}) (lot 343), who ran third in the G3 Prix Noailles this term for Carlos Laffon-Parias and is rated 99. Two wildcards hail from the Jean-Claude Rouget yard--the winners Frank Stella (Fr) (Frankel {GB}) (lot 346)...

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Tattersalls Ireland July Store Sale Concludes With Part 2

The Tattersalls Ireland July Store Sale ended with 163 horses sold of 250 horses offered (65.2%) during the Part II session on Thursday. The gross came in at €1,074,300, with an average of €6,591 and a median of €5,000. Topping Thursday's proceedings was lot 506, a dark bay gelding by Stormy River (Fr) named Karisto (Fr) at €30,000. James Doyle of Baltimore Stables signed for him under the D/J Bloodstock banner from the draft of Mocklershill Stables. A gelding by Affinisea (Ire) (lot 534) was next at €25,000 from the...

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Strong Trade For Stores At Tattersalls Ireland

The second edition of the Tattersalls Ireland July Store Sale built upon last year's inaugural sale with increases across the board. Featuring an expanded catalogue, 190 lots sold from 270 offered (70%), up two ticks from 2021. The gross grew by 90% to €2,841,100, with additional increases in both average (€14,953, +43%) and median (€11,750, +47%). Two lots shared topper honours, with Rathbarry Stud's lot 1A, the second lot through the ring, bringing €65,000 on the bid of Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls. A gelded son of Blue Bresil (Fr)...

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Record Turnover Reached at Doncaster Spring HIT/PTP Sale

Demand for horses-in-training and point-to-pointers was strong at Goffs UK's Doncaster complex on Wednesday, which reached record turnover of £5,085,700 during the first session. Of the 180 lots through the ring, 162 sold for a 90% clearance rate. The average was £31,393 (-1.1%) just down on 2021 and the median was marginally lower at 4% (£22,000). Leading the way among the pointers and bumper horses that made up the majority of the first session was Porthill (Ire) (Flemensfirth), who brought £250,000 from the buying duo of H. Kirk and Willie...

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Croke Park Tops Goffs UK Aintree Sale

Back after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus, the 2022 Goffs UK Aintree Sale was topped by the winning point-to-pointer Croke Park (Ire) (Walk In The Park {Ire}) (lot 8) at £400,000. A 4-year-old gelding who ran second at Lingstown on debut in March, the Ballyboy Stables-consigned bay was purchased by Gordon Elliot Racing. His half-brother, Etre Francais (Ire) (Anzillero {Ger}), has placed third in a French listed hurdle. This is the family of the graded-winning chaser Oiseau de Nuit (Fr) (Evening World {Fr}). Second on the buyers' sheet was lot 1,...

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Criquette Tops Doncaster January Day 2

The point-to-point mare Criquette (Fr) (Crillon {Fr}) (lot 269) topped the second and final day of the Goffs UK Doncaster January Sale on Tuesday. Offered by James Doyle's Baltimore Stables, the 5-year-old won a Borris House point-to-point in December and hammered for £52,000 to Jerry McGrath and Stewart Blackenbury. Second in Tuesday's proceedings was the 5-year-old mare I Am Gonna Be (Ire) (Barely A Moment {Aus}), who went for £37,000 to Mark Dunphy and Derek O'Connor. The Maike Magnussen-consigned pointer has placed in two of her last three starts and...

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Saint des Saints Colt Anchors Goffs December NH Sale

A colt foal by Saint des Saints (Fr) changed hands for €90,000 to top the first session of the Goffs December National Hunt Sale. Consigned by Rathmore Stud and bought by Saint Patrick, the bay (lot 171) is out of the listed jumper La Bombonera (Fr) (Mansonnien {Fr}) and is a full-brother to G1 Irish Grand National Chase victor Burrows Saint (Fr) (Saint des Saints {Fr}). Crystal Ocean (GB), who was popular at earlier National Hunt sales this season, was the sire of record of lot 218, a colt out...

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Benie des Dieux Stars at November NH Sale

Five mares broke the six-figure mark during the fifth and final day of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale, and Benie des Dieux (Fr) (Great Pretender {Ire}) was undoubtedly the star of the show. Offered by Closutton Stables, the bay went for €350,000 to MV Magnier/Bective Stud. Sold as lot 1253, she is a three-time Grade 1 hurdle winner and was in foal to Walk In The Park (Ire). Closutton also offered the third- and fourth-dearest lots-- lot 1254 and lot 1257, Buildmeupbuttercup (GB) (Sixties Icon {GB}) and Salsaretta...

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