Gains all around as curtain comes down on Part One of Derby Sale
A total of 33 lots realised six figures during the first two sessions
The voracious appetite for stars of the future was the catalyst for an astounding Part One of the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, and as the curtain came down on Thursday evening 33 horses had made €100,000 and above over the two days, with 141 selling for €50,000 or more.
Those figures contributed to an average price for the sale of €51,655, an increase of nine per cent on last year. The median was up by 18 per cent from €36,000 in 2016 to €42,000, while turnover jumped by almost a quarter to €17,665,500. The clearance rate was up by two points to a very healthy 84 per cent.
Bryan Murphy, proprietor of the famed Dunraven Arms in Adare, was the buyer of Thursday’s most expensive lot, a son of Coolmore Stud’s leading National Hunt sire Milan for €145,000. Consigned by Loughmore Stables the April-born foal is the first out of the winning Alderbrook mare Belle Brook, who was also Listed placed over hurdles.
Her dam River Lodge is a half-sister to the multiple Grade 1 winner Boston Bob, and to the dam of his stablemate at Closutton Farm Briar Hill, successful in Grade 1 events in bumpers and over hurdles for Willie Mullins and the Wylies.
The gelding is now set to go into training with his purchaser.
Murphy said: "He's a smashing horse and has a beautiful page. We'll bring him home and look for a bumper with him in the spring."
Kitty Cowhey of Loughmore Stables was delighted with the sale.
"He has been a lovely horse to work with, very straightforward and everything added up. He won't take too long, he's ready to go," she said.
Murphy's purchase was one of two by Milan to hit six figures, with agent Aiden Murphy going to €115,000 to secure another gelding by the son of Sadler's Wells. Consigned by Ballincurrig House Stud, it was a successful pinhook by the team who purchased him as a foal at the November National Hunt Sale in this ring from breeders Little Lodge Farm for €31,000.
Kapgarde posted a stunning set of results for the sale with five progeny of the Haras de la Hetraie sire selling for an average of €115,000. The 18-year-old boasts the brilliant Cadoudal as his damsire and was responsible for the €220,000 sale-topper Kap Ocean.
The highlight of his Thursday lots was a gelding out of Gaspaie, a nine-time winner in France and the dam of two winners from her first three runners. She is a Cyborg half-sister Gaspara, who pulled off the Imperial Cup and Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle double for Martin Pipe. Glenwood Stud consigned her Kapgarde gelding who was bought by Alan Harte and Joey Logan for €100,000.
Just one lot by Haras du Montaigue’s Martaline was sold on Thursday, and Tom Malone paid €105,000 for the grey gelding consigned by Sally and Richard Aston’s Goldford Stud.
Out of the winning Lando mare Temptation, the three-year-old is a half-brother to three winners, while Temptation is a half-sister to Listed winner Change Partner, who has produced a Listed-winning hurdler herself, and Georgia On My Mind, the dam of Grade 3 Coral Cup winner Diamond King.
The Martaline gelding's second dam, Cure The Blues, is a half-sister to Dubai Rose, whose daughter Pocketfullofdreams won at Naas for the Coolmore partners on Wednesday night.
That transaction completed a fantastic couple of days for Martaline. The stallion saw four of his offspring change hands for an average of €82,000, an impressive return for horses conceived at a covering fee of just €4,500.
More for Malone
Malone also meant business when the Saint Des Saints gelding Saint De Reve walked into the ring, as when auctioneer Simon Kerins looked for an opening bid Malone employed the bold strategy of jumping in with an offer of €100,000. The tactic paid off with nobody else bidding on Saint De Reve, a brother to Grade 2 winner Saint Macaire and a half-brother to Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Sleeping Mat.
"Both of them are for Paul Nicholls and they are two proper horses from very good families. In the current market I think they represented good value," Malone noted.
Path pays off
Coastal Path, Martaline’s younger half-brother by Halling, gained his first Grade 1 winner this year courtesy of the Willie Mullins-trained hurdler Bacardys. Such was the impression made on buyers Coastal Path’s three offspring offered over the two days sold for an average of €68,333.
Standing at Haras de Cercy for €3,000, the same fee at which his crop of three-year-olds were conceived, the top price paid for one of his lots this week was the €75,000 given by Highflyer and Warren Greatrex for a half-brother to the Listed winner Nitrat from the family of Innox, L'Ami and Kelami.
Glory for Fame
Just how much of a loss Fame And Glory is to National Hunt breeders is starting to be keenly realised as the first three-year-olds by the late Ascot Gold Cup winner created quite the impression at the Derby Sale.
Thursday’s session saw 11 lots by the late son of Montjeu go through the ring and every single one of them was sold. The average price achieved by his offspring was €68,090, with three geldings selling for more than €100,000.
MV Magnier was forced to go to €125,000 to secure Victorine’s gelding by Fame And Glory consigned by Ken Parkhill’s Castletown Quarry Stud. Victorine, an Un Desperado half-sister to Parkhill’s Champion Hurdlers Granville Again and Morley Street, has produced four winners so far. She is also the second dam of the second most expensive lot of the sale, a Stowaway gelding purchased by Aiden O'Ryan for €205,000.
Gordon Elliott was the purchaser of the second gelding by the five-time Group 1 winner to make €125,000. Consigned by the Hore family’s Mount Eaton Stud, the bay gelding is out of a half-sister to Shutthefrontdoor and Strong Project and is a half-brother to Cool Getaway who realised £305,000 when selling at last December’s Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sale.
Aiden Murphy jumped on the Fame And Glory bandwagon with his purchase of Baroda and Colbinstown Stud’s son of Forces Of Destiny. The second foal out of the dam was knocked down to the agent for €110,000 and boasts a page loaded with bold black type that includes Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition, Emotional Moment, Pencilhimin, King Harald and Presenting Percy.
Day two of the Derby Sale recorded significant increases in both the median and total sales figures with the former up 14 per cent to €42,000 and the aggregate improving by 13 per cent to €7,981,500. The average price on Thursday was €49,884 which was a four per cent year-on-year increase. The clearance rate remained the same at 82 per cent.