THE first foal out of Grade 1-winning mare Shattered Love sold for a record €155,000 at Goffs on Tuesday.
A colt by Walk In The Park, the foal was consigned by Justin and Jackie Owens of Mount Armstrong Stud in Donadea, who acquired the dam for a sale-topping price of €260,000 here last year.
Coolmore's Gerry Aherne struck the winning bid for the foal, setting a new record for this sale and equalling the all-time record for a National Hunt colt foal. The previous record for a National Hunt foal at this sale was €100,000 which was set last year, while in 2019 a Camelot half-brother to Altior was sold for the same figure of €155,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale.
Of Tuesday's session-topper, breeder and vendor Justin Owens said: "He's been a fantastic foal at home. The mare herself is about 16.3hh, a fine model. It's great to see her throw such a big foal as her first. Over the last couple of months, he has grown a couple of inches every month, and I think he is going to be a huge horse in time."
Jackie Owens added: "He has a great temperament and is quite like his mum. We're thrilled he is going to a good home. He has all the potential to go on and do great things."
Shattered Love is currently in foal to Crystal Ocean.
Following Monday's trend, progeny of Walk In The Park were much sought after on Tuesday. Five of the top 10 lots on the day were by the Coolmore National Hunt stallion.
Gerry Aherne was also the buyer of the second highest-priced lot on Tuesday, another Walk In The Park colt. This one was out of the French Grade 3 winning mare Royale Joana Has and was sold for €82,000. It was consigned by Cathal Mariga and Paul McCarthy of Coolamara Stud.
Aherne indicated that both his high-price purchases were on behalf of a syndicate who plan to send them point-to-pointing in due course.
Robert and Debbie McCarthy of The Beeches Stud were delighted when Ian Ferguson went to €75,000 for their son of Crystal Ocean.
The pair stand the Coolmore sire at their Co Waterford base. Robert McCarthy: “We love Crystal Ocean. Flemminsfirth retired the year that he came to stud and we’re lucky to have him, he’s stepping right into Flemensfirth’s shoes.”
The colt was out of the Presenting mare, Presenting Juno, and Debbie McCarthy described him as a “very correct, well-balanced foal who ticked all the boxes.”
Presenting Juno’s four previous foals have all been by the aforementioned former champion National Hunt sire Flemensfirth and the mare is a half-sister to the listed bumper winner Funny Times.
More success came for Crystal Ocean when Brooklodge Farm went to €52,000 for his colt out of Supreme Serata, who is from the family of Grade 3 hurdle winner Supreme Serenade. The consignor was Peter Molony's Rathmore Stud, on behalf of breeders Cyril Crowe and Mags Melody from Co Clare.
The only second-day offering by the new Kilbarry Lodge stallion recruit Harzand was a colt consigned by Dean Sinnott and he sold for €52,000 to Norman Williamson's Oak Tree Farm. The colt is out of a winning own-sister to Cheltenham winner Tully East.
Cleaboy Stud and Coppice Farm consigned the top-priced filly of the sale when selling a daughter of Walk In The Park to Franny Woods' Abbeylands Farm for €52,000. The filly is out of the French racemare Tidjy, herself a half-sister to the multiple Grade 1 winning Frodon, and the foal's two-year-old full-brother realised €34,000 when offered at this sale by the same consignor in 2020.
The sale continues on Wednesday.
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