Coleman strikes at £275,000 for Global Citizen at Cheltenham
Flurry of six-figure prices leads to big increases at April sale
Last year's Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham April Sale was dominated by the high-profile dispersal of John Ferguson's Bloomfields operation and while this year's renewal on Thursday did not have that razzmatazz, the £275,000 paid by agent Matt Coleman for winning pointer Global Citizen ensured the 2016 top price of £110,000 was eclipsed.
Coleman prevailed in a lengthy bidding duel with Tom Malone for the William Murphy-consigned lot.
The five-year-old had won between the flags on his debut at Bellurgan Park this month by four lengths. He is out of the Mandalus mare Lady Willmurt, making him a half-brother to De Plotting Shed, who finished second in the Grade 2 Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Monday.
Coleman is no stranger to Global Citizen's sire, Alkaadhem: when he first started his career as a bloodstock agent the Group 2-winning son of Green Desert was one of the first horses he bought, to stand at Murphy's Ballycurragh Stud in County Carlow.
Coleman reported of Global Citizen: “He's been bought for one of Jonjo O'Neill's owners. I arrived here on Thursday to see the horse and William just said to me this horse is an aeroplane and I've never had anything like him. William has had De Plotting Shed and Annacotty and he said at this stage of his career, this horse is in a completely different class to them all."
Six-figure sales aplenty
Last year's April Sale produced only one six-figure transaction in the shape of subsequent bumper winner Claimantakinforgan but by the close of trade on Thursday, 12 lots had sold for £100,000 or more.
The flurry of big prices was started 19 lots into proceedings when Evan Williams parted with £210,000 for Donnchadh Doyle's Chooseyourweapon, a four-year-old son of Flemensfirth who scored on his debut at Inch this month.
The sale represented a successful return to the Cheltenham ring for Doyle, who paid €30,000 for the gelding at the 2016 Goffs Land Rover Sale.
Of his new purchase, Williams said: “He's for William and Angela Rucker and we just thought he was a very nice model of a horse who won his point-to-point well. Let's hope he goes on and is lucky. He'll go out to grass and we can dream all summer."
Doyle added: “He's been very straightforward since I bought him at the Land Rover Sale and he went on to Inch where he won very well. Long-term I think he's a proper staying chaser.”
Williams also signed the docket at £170,000 for Tossapenny, a four-year-old son of Presenting who won a three-mile Inch point earlier this month by six lengths.
Storm continues trend
The aptly named Brewin'Upastorm was another who found themselves in strong demand, with jockey-turned bloodstock agent Ryan Mahon snapping up the Camas Park Stud-consigned son of Milan for £250,000.
A four-year-old gelding, he is a half-brother to useful jumps performers Kimberlite King and Glam Gerry as well as being from the family of Listed bumper scorer Western Ryder. He will now carry the colours of owner Barbara Hester, who has a number of horses in training including maiden hurdle winner Robin Roe with Dan Skelton.
Mahon said: “He'll go into training with Dan Skelton and is a very nice addition to the collection of nice horses she's already got. He's a good-moving individual, a pure athlete who won well and has a very good pedigree.”
Gordon Elliott matched that price for the Josh Ryan-consigned Mr Lingo, a half-brother to triple chase scorer Bob Lingo who had won a Dromhane point by eight lengths on his debut.
The four-year-old son of Curtain Time was led around the ring by Josh's father Joe, as Josh is a commercial airline pilot and was flying at the time of the auction.
Elliott also took home Battleoverdoyen, a four-year-old son of Doyen who struck on his debut at Loughanmore point this month, for £235,000.
Rises across the board
With a catalogue that was much smaller than 2016, trade still produced an improvement in all key areas.
A total of 35 lots were sold for turnover of £3,000,500, a rise of 94 per cent from £1,546,000. The average rose a whopping 89 per cent to £85,729 from £45,471, while the median posted a 25 per cent increase to £50,000 from £40,000.