Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale Underway With Springhill Stud Dispersal

A Gateway gelding topped the Springhill Stud dispersal at Tattersalls on Saturday | Tattersalls

The Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale got underway on Saturday with the 36-lot dispersal of Springhill Stud. The batch were offered by Breda Lennon, the widow of the late horseman Kieran Lennon.

David L'Estrange went to €75,000 for lot 35, a 2-year-old gelding by Getaway (Ger). Out of Morning Run (Ire) (King's Theatre {Ire}), he was previously purchased by Lennon for €28,000 at the November NH Sale in 2021.

“He looks a long-term project, he is a big horse!” L'Estrange said. “He looks all over a chaser and might make up into a point-to-pointer to sell on or I might keep him to race. He will go to Cleaboy Stud from here.”

Second on the buyers' sheet was a grey gelding by Capri (Ire) (lot 22). He attracted a bid of €62,000 from Cleaboy Stud. He is a half-brother to three NH stakes winners including Grade 2 winner The Dutchman (Ire) (King's Theatre {Ire}).

The third-highest price was lot 3, a yearling gelding by Crystal Ocean (GB), who was purchased by Ian Ferguson. He is a half-sister to G3 Cork Grand National winner Mattock Ranger (Ire) (Oscar {Ire}).

“Kieran was a good friend and he was very lucky for me, I bought Banbridge from him,” he said. “I like this yearling–he has been bought as a racing prospect for a client. He is coming home to me now and he will stay there until he is broken in.”

“Kieran always bought a nice foal and he could go out there blindfolded and buy a horse; he had so many nice ones through his hands.”

Overall, the dispersal brought €734,500 for an average of €20,986 and a median of €15,500. Only one of the 36 lots was reported as unsold.

The November National Hunt Sale continues on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and runs through Thursday, Nov. 16.

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