Top Lot At Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale Set To Join Colin Bowe

Lady Blackmore | Tattersalls Ireland

A three-year-old filly already named Lady Blackmore (Fr) (Bathyrhon {Ger}) (lot 188) brought a sale-topping bid of €45,000 from Milestone Bloodstock and James Kenny at Thursday's Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale.

Consigned by Galbertstown Stables, Lady Blackmore is out of the five-time winner Pennsylvanie (Fr) (Dadarissime {Fr}), a half-sister to the dam of Jango Baie (Fr) (Tiger Groom {GB}), the winner of last December's G1 Formby Novices' Hurdle and a previous graduate of the May Store Sale.

“We have bought her with Colin Bowe,” said Kenny. “I love her–she has a very good temperament, has a lovely way of going, walks well and a lovely presence. Her stallion has not done anything wrong, either. She will go to Colin's and, hopefully, we will see her out in the point-to-point field.”

Sean Doyle of Monbeg Stables, the session's leading buyer with 15 horses purchased, signed for the second-dearest lot at €42,000, the Lakefield Farm-offered Jack Hobbs (GB) gelding out of the winning bumper mare Penelope Pips (GB) (Presenting {GB}) (lot 187).

“He is a big, strong horse and very good mover,” said Doyle. “I looked at him three times today and he stood out every time I saw him. I am delighted to have him on the team. He comes from a good farm and we have had luck with them before. This is the first by the sire we have had and I love to buy horses out of Presenting mares.”

Of the 238 lots offered, 169 sold (71% clearance rate) for an aggregate spend of €2,165,750. The average was €12,815 and the median was €10,500.

Simon Kerins, Tattersalls Ireland CEO, said, “The trade today has indeed been selective, consistent with what we witnessed at the earlier Store sale this month. However, it was pleasing to see an improvement in our clearance rate compared to last year's sale [69%]. Whilst the market has been challenging at this level there has been a real sense of pragmatism by the vendors.

“We're hugely appreciative of the support from both vendors and purchasers this week and the later date in the calendar was well-received by both. This sale has produced some outstanding winners on the track and in the point-to-point sphere, and I wish everyone the best of luck with their purchases.”

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