THE five-day November National Hunt Sale will be followed next Friday by the one-day Sapphire Sale, a catalogue of 224 flat-bred yearlings, foals and mares.

There are 80 yearlings on offer who are eligible for the €250,000 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes at the Curragh next year.

Some of the notable yearlings on offer include a Gregorian full-brother to Group 3 and listed-placed Sesame Birah, a Dark Angel colt out of Group 2 Queen Mary winner Maqaasid, a Kodiac filly out of Group 2 and Group 3 placed Mistress of Venice, and a Dandy Man three-parts sister to Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed Lady Kaya.

The 127 foals on offer include an Invincible Spirit half-sister to Group 2 placed Bless Him, a Cotai Glory half-brother to Group 1 Matron Stakes winner Champers Elysees, and a Galileo Chrome half-brother to Group 1 winner Al Riffa.

First season sire Ghaiyyath was popular at the recent yearling sales, and he is represented in the catalogue along with progeny from Arizona, Cotai Glory, Dandy Man, Havana Grey, Nando Parrado, Sioux Nation, Soldier’s Call and Waldgeist.

Mares on offer include a half-sister to Mythical Magic and Esentepe, multiple group winner Dutoda Desejada, and daughter of champion two-year-old filly Fly On The Night.

Notable pinhooks from the Sapphire Sale include Amy Parson’s Foxley Stables turning her €8,500 yearling purchase into €65,000, and Rathasker Stud turning its Bungle IntheJungle €7,000 foal purchase into 30,000gns.


Archway Stud

Tell us about your consignment.

Lot 147: Cotai Glory colt ex La Cuvee

Consigned by Railstown Stud

A lovely foal and a great walker. He is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Champers Elysees and his full-brother is in America. Even though they are by the same sire, this foal is very different to his full-brother. He reminds me very much of Champers Elysees in his attitude. He has a great mind.

The foal’s sire, Cotai Glory, reminds me of a cheetah, there is a lot of speed and blood with him. The idea of going to Cotai Glory with the dam was to put more speed into the pedigree and the stallion puts size into his stock and this foal is a good size. La Cuvee is back in foal to Elzaam [sire of Champers Elysees], and I am hoping I can get a filly out of her. I really like the female line out of that family, and I could do with another one – it gives you more options!

Who are the members of the team?

Francis Quinn (Railstown Stud) is unbelievable! I know Francis a long time and I love the job he does. He just keeps it simple. And all of his team perform around that. He has a great team - Gina O’Gorman, Liannea Parker and John Moore – they are a great bunch of people. One thing about Francis is that if you ask him a question, he will give you a very straight answer. You mightn’t always like to hear what he has to say but it’s straight, there is no fluff! The foal has been with Francis since he was weaned and is prepping him for the sale.

What is the best result you have had from the sale in the past?

Champers Elysees is without a doubt the best result I have had. I was delighted that Johnny Murtagh got her, and I was delighted with what he did. Obviously, it has helped the whole thing – mare, me, all of that! It was unfortunate that her races were in the middle of Covid but I loved following her. It felt like a huge achievement. No matter how small a breeder you are, anything can happen. But it started with Tattersalls Ireland – I deem it to be a very lucky place!


Tell us about your consignment?

I have two yearlings, a River Boyne (Lot 34) and a Make Believe (Lot 41) in the sale. Make Believe is always a dependable sire. He is one of those consistent sires in the sales ring and on the track. The River Boyne is interesting, this is one of his first crop yearlings.

Of the foals, I have a cross section from an Invincible Spirit (Lot 138) to some of the new and upcoming sires like Nando Parrado (Lot 123). The Invincible Spirit filly is a half-sister to five winners, including Bless Him who was an out and out blacktype performer. The Nando Parrado colt is the first foal out of a winning mare and is a sister to three winners. I have a Kessaar colt (Lot 143) who is a very good-walking, straightforward foal. The Invincible Army filly (Lot 110) is a very nice, strong foal with a good walk.

I have one mare, Nathaniella (Lot 213), who was a tough racemare herself, by Nathaniel out of a Pivotal mare. She has a nice covering by Phoenix Of Spain who has done really well this year with a 40% strike-rate.

Tell us about your team?

I have a great team at home, Ciara, Siobhan, Gregor, and Mati. They run the show at home and do all the grafting. At the sales I have a regular team that help me. They do a very good job to present the horses to clients.

What is your best result at the sale?

I always support the sale and have done well at it over the last couple of years. There are always a few gems in the middle of it. There is always something to be found. The sale is getting better year on year.

Catalogue highlights


Lot 89: Ghayyaith filly out of Arabascatta, half-sister to blacktype performer Arabian Legend.

Lot 107: Kuroshio colt out of Dash D’or, dam is a five-time winner.

Lot 109: Soldier’s Call colt out of Dayrose, half-sister to blacktype performer Dubday.

Lot 138: Invincible Spirit filly out of Happy Land, sibling to prolific winner Bless Him.

Lot 146: Ghayyaith colt out of Kykiut, dam of seven winners.

Lot 147: Cotai Glory colt out of La Cuvee, half-brother to Group 1 Matron Stakes winner Champers Elysees.

Lot 156: Gallileo Chome colt out of Love On My Mind, half-sister to Group 1 winner Al Riffa.

Lot 160: Profitable filly out of Marmalade Cat, half-sister to recent winner Queenie St Clare.

Lot 178: U S Navy Flag filly out of Petits Potins, dam is listed placed in France.

Lot 194: Invincible Army colt out of Shrewd Approach, Dam is dual two-year-old winner.


Lot 17: Gregorian colt out of Elhaam, full-brother to Glendown, winner again on October 20th.

Lot 40: Gregorian colt out of Limousine, full brother Sesame Birah, dual two-year-old winner and Group 3/listed placed.

Lot 46: Dark Angel colt out of Maqaasid, dam won Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes and is full-brother to Group 3 winner Kumait.

Lot 50: Kodiac filly out of Mistress Of Venice, dam is group and listed placed.

Lot 58: Dandy Man filly out of Noble Dynamite, three-parts sister to Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed Lady Kaya.

Lot 66: Elzaam filly out of Refuse Colette, dam is a six-time winner.


Lot 219: Dutoda Desejada, 11yo by First American. Multiple group race winner in Brazil.

Lot 220: Flying Phoenix, unraced two-year-old by Phoenix Of Spain. Dam was champion two-year-old in Italy and Group 2 winner.

Lot 223: Kaydees Magic, maiden three-year-old by Fast Company. Half-sister to multiple Group 2 winner Mythical Magic and Group 2 Nell Gwyn winner Esentepe.


Sale: Tattersalls Ireland Sapphire Sale

Date/time: Saturday, November 18th (10.30am)

Lots: 227

Tel: 01 8864 300