Article Date: 28-June-2012
Thursday was day one of the 2012 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale and it saw two lots make €130,000.
Of the 251 lots catalogued for sale today, 226 lots were offered of which 170 sold. The clearance rate of 75% was up 4% on 2011 figures. The day's average price was €28,594 and the median price was €22,000.
Overall a total of €4,861,000 was spent at the Fairyhouse sale of store horses on Thursday.
Moanmore Stables offered the only gelding by Sprinter Sacre's sire Network in the sale which attracted attention from trainer Henry de Bromhead who secured the gelding for his owner Alan Potts for €130,000.
"I am delighted to have got him," said de Bromhead. "He is a gorgeous horse, and we valued to him around that mark. Network has carried all before him this year and seems to be able to improve his mares."
The bidding ripped up from a €10,000 opening spot, and although Nicky Henderson was watching the bidding with obvious interest, he declined to get involved when given the opportunity by the auctioneer. The three-year-old gelding is called Venitien De Mai, is a May 31st foal and is out of the dual winner Meylba (Grand Tresor), who has yet to have a runner.
Aiden Murphy paid the same price for a son of the first season sire Scorpion offered by Lakefield Farm.
Murphy, who was on the telephone thoroughout bidding, was the purchaser, seeing off Paul Shanahan. Tom Malone kicked off proceedings.
Murphy bought on behalf of owner Graham Roach, and the horse will eventually go into training with Paul Nicholls.
"Graham wanted one of today's choice lots, and I am really pleased with the horse. We missed on a couple earlier today, and I am quite glad that we did - but this is a really nice individual," said Murphy.
"I just love him, I think he is a gorgeous individual," said Bobby O'Ryan after buying Lot 186, a son of Kalanisi. "I like the sire too, he gets some good sorts."
O'Ryan had to see off a number of fresh bidders until, standing behind the partition and nodding at €94,000, he proved too much for the opposition.
This three-year-old is a half-brother to three winners from four runners from the mare, including Dylan Ross, who finished second in December's Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown behind Cash And Go.
"The horse has been bought for an Irish client and he'll go off to be broken in now. I am not sure where he'll be trained, but he'll be given plenty of time
Earlier, Mags O'Toole became the first to spend €100,000 at this year's Derby Sale when buying from Bridgetown House Stud a son of Presenting out of Land Of Honour, a half-sister to the Gold Cup winner See More Business. O'Toole saw off first agent Tom Malone and then David Redvers.
Top consignor today was Ballincurrig House Stud, which sold nine lots for €316,000, at an average price of €35,111, while Harold Kirk and Willie Mullins bought six horses for €295,000.
The Derby Sale continues on Friday at 10am.
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