First-crop sires set to take centre stage at Fairyhouse
First foals by New Bay and Pride Of Dubai among the eyecatching offerings
Last year a first-crop daughter of Gutaifan stole the show at the Tattersalls Ireland Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale, when hammered down to Yeomanstown Stud for €58,000.
A host of well-credentialed young stallions will have representatives at this year's sale, which begins at 10.30am on Friday at Tattersalls Ireland's Fairyhouse auction house.
Baroda and Colbinstown Stud offer a colt and a filly by New Bay, with the colt (lot 170) out of a placed Acclamation half-sister to no fewer than five black-type performers, including Roodeye.
The latter is the dam of Prize Exhibit and last month's Horris Hill Stakes winner Mohaather, and granddam of this year's Queen Anne Stakes hero Accidental Agent.
The filly (164), meanwhile, is out of a placed Danehill Dancer half-sister to the Pattison Canadian International winner Relaxed Gesture, one of three stakes performers out of Group 3 winner Token Gesture along with American Derby scorer Evolving Tactics.
All three Pride Of Dubai foals in the catalogue, two colts and a filly, are offered by Moyfinn Stud, including a colt who shares his granddam with last Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Stormy Liberal, giving his pedigree a lift in the run-up to Friday's sale.
He also saw his year-older No Nay Never half-brother sell for €100,000 at this year's Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.
Buratino, Coulsty and Mehmas are other first-crop sires likely to attract the attention of buyers.
Buratino has eight sons and daughters up for grabs, including a colt (77) from Rockton Stud who is related to Sandown Listed winner Icesolator, while Coulsty has ten lots on offer, including a half-brother (123) to Cornwallis stakes scorer Amour Propre consigned by James P Doyle.
Nutstown Stables offers a Mehmas filly (58), a granddaughter of the Queen Mary Stakes heroine Nadwah, while McCracken Farms consigns a Mehmas filly (80) who shares her Group 3-winning granddam with Randwick Guineas winner Kementari.
Two that appeal outside of the foal section are Dusty Moon (206), a winning Dr Fong sister to Grade 2 winner Spotlight offered in foal to War Command, and Safeenah (223), a two-year-old Oasis Dream filly out of a Listed-placed half-sister to Muhaarar, whose first yearlings have sold for up to 925,000gns this year.
Last year's sale saw 129 of the 219 lots offered sell, for a clearance rate of just shy of 60 per cent, with total sales rising by five per cent to €766,000. The average fell to €5,938, while the median was trimmed slightly to €3,500.
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