Douvan's brother brings big money early on at Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale
A brother to top-class chaser Douvan set the pace during some strong opening exchanges at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale on Wednesday, as Paul Holden and Michael Shefflin joined forces at €140,000 to secure the son of Walk In The Park.
The pair were joined in the Fairyhouse sales ring by Holden's daughter, the trainer Ellmarie Holden, who will now take charge of the well-related youngster at her Ballyhale base in County Kilkenny.
"We thought he was extremely good value at that price," said Shefflin. "He's a full-brother to a fabulous horse. I liked him to look at, you'll find fault in any horse but he was well able to walk and he's a fine big, strong horse.
"I like the sire too, he's got a great strike-rate and his foals have sold very well recently, Coolmore are really supporting him."
The three-year-old, bred by Lotfi Kohli and consigned by Church View Stables, is the fourth foal out of Star Face. The only runner produced by the daughter of Saint Des Saints is the mighty Douvan, whose record of 14 wins from 18 starts includes eight Grade 1 triumphs.
"I like the fact that the mare has only had the one runner and one winner and that's Douvan," continued Shefflin. "What more can you ask for? If he can live up to half of what his brother has done that'll be plenty."
"Ellmarie Holden will train him and we'll take it from there," he said. "We'll look to run him in either a bumper or a point-to-point, and if he runs well we'll probably look to sell him on. If he does something impressive on the racetrack, with that pedigree, he can only go up in value."
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