National Hunt celebrities up for grabs as six-day November Sale gets under way
Augusta Kate, Let's Dance and a sibling to Hurricane Fly among the eyecatchers
Six days of National Hunt trade kicks off at Fairyhouse on Sunday, with the opening session of the Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale beginning at 10am.
A total of 1,415 lots have been catalogue, with Sunday's session comprising of 27 older horses and 172 yearlings. The sessions running from Monday through to Thursday will be dedicated to foals, of which 1,088 have been catalogued, while Friday's session will see 92 mares and broodmares come under the hammer.
The deep catalogue boasts a wealth of eyecatching offerings, none more so than the Walk In The Park three-parts brother to iconic hurdler Hurricane Fly (Lot 734), who will be offered by Yellowford Farm on Tuesday. Shortly before that headline lot, a Sageburg half-brother to the mercurial Yorkhill (728) will be consigned by Limekiln Stud.
Among the high-performing mares entered as breeding prospects are Grade 1 winner Augusta Kate (1,358) - owned in partnership by Graham Wylie, Alan Shearer and Ant and Dec, and offered in foal to Champs Elysees - and the high-class Let's Dance (1,359), winner of two Grade 2 events in the familiar green and pink colours of Rich Ricci's wife, Susannah.
Last year's sale was topped by Airlie Beach who was sold in foal to Mount Nelson to Boardsmill Stud for €140,000.
Where Tattersalls Ireland, Ratoath, County Meath
When Six-day sale starts on Sunday, with sessions beginning at 10am (11am start Friday, November 16)
Last year 867 lots sold for a clearance rate of 73 per cent, turnover of €13,868,300 (+15 per cent), an average of €15,995 (+12 per cent) and a median of €11,500 (+10 per cent)
Notable graduates Native River (offered by Fred Mackey, bought by John Dineen for €6,000); Presenting Percy (Preston Lodge Stud from Burgage Stud, Lime Farm for €22,000); Shattered Love (Greenville House Stud, Philip Fenton, €50,000)
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