JACKIE Chugg’s Little Lodge Farm took centre stage twice during the Goffs January Sale on Tuesday at Doncaster, selling colts by Vadamos and Walk In The Park for £68,000 each.

First to the mark was the Vadamos, sold to Tom Howley’s Brook Lodge Stud in Galway, and this newly-turned yearling is from a family that has served Jackie and her late husband Robert very well for many decades.

A half-brother to Grade 3 chase winner Le Milos and the listed hurdle winner Kid Commando, the colt is just the sixth produce of the King’s Theatre mare Banjaxed Girl.

Twice successful in listed hurdle races, and placed in a couple of Grade 3 chases, Banjaxed Girl won eight times, and she comes from a solid blacktype family. Her grandam was 12-time French winner Margello.

About two hours later, Rathmore Stud’s Peter Molony also paid £68,000 for a son of the hottest National Hunt sire around, Walk In The Park, and this colt’s two winning half-brothers include the Grade 2 International Hurdle winner Guard Your Dreams who was placed in a Grade 1 novices’ hurdle at Aintree. Again, this is a female line packed with quality.

The Walk In The Park colt’s unraced dam is a half-sister to the listed hurdle winner The Jigsaw Man, while his third dam, a winning full-sister to Western Sunset, bred Stormyfairweather, twice winner of the Cathcart Chase at Cheltenham, and Ceanannas Mor who was runner-up in the Kim Muir Chase.

Goldford double

Sally Aston’s Goldford Stud was another to have a good sale, and topped the consignors’ table from Little Lodge by just £3,000, thanks largely to selling four lots, one more than Mrs Chugg’s farm. The best of the Goldford draft was a son of No Risk At All who cost Conor Cashman’s Drumlin Bloodstock £64,000.

The colt is out of the winning Ballingarry mare Stone Light, and she is a half-sister to the dual Grade 1 chase winner Cyrlight, listed hurdle winner Park Light, and to the dam of Grade 3-winning chaser Ballyhill.

A few lots earlier, Goldford sold a son of Nathaniel out of the Poliglote mare Polygona to Michael Haggas for £58,000.

The colt’s dam won eight times over jumps in France, twice at Grade 3 level, and she is a full-sister to the Gerry Feilden Hurdle winner Floressa. Polygona’s dam was a winning own-sister to Grade 1 hurdle winner Don Lino.

Craig Buckingham’s Manor Farm purchased two of the top dozen lots at the sale, putting them at the head of the buyer’s list, and the most expensive of the pair was Walshtown Stables’ Blue Bresil colt, the second produce of the Grade 3 hurdle winner Good Thyne Tara.

That daughter of Kayf Tara won seven times in all, and her grandam, Mary O’Malley, was a listed-winning own-sister to the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle hero Tartan Tailor. This April-foaled colt cost £54,000.

Second purchase

The second purchase by Manor Farm Bloodstock was made two lots later when they spent £32,000 to acquire Mill House Stud’s Maxios colt from a famed Parkhill female line.

A half-brother to seven-time winner Stoner’s Choice, the John Hales-bred colt is out of a winning half-sister to the dam of Grade 1 bumper and chase winner Ferny Hollow, and this is the immediate family of other major winners such as Morley Street and Granville Again, Hand In Hand, City Island and Fury Road.

The best of the yearling fillies in the sale was Ballykilty Farms’ daughter of Walk In The Park, sold by breeder Mags Melody for £43,000 through Harris Piece Stud to Dick and George Frisby. She is the second offspring of the Kingsalsa mare Salsaretta, and the best of that mare’s six victories, four of them over fences, was gained in the Grade 2 Dawn Run Novice Chase.

She was followed into the ring by another high-priced filly, and this was a Passing Glance daughter, the first produce of six-time winner Schiaparannie.

The dam won a bumper, four hurdle races and a chase, and got blacktype when placed in a listed race for mares over fences. The filly was sold by her breeders in the Battlefield Stud consignment.

Her grandam Annie’s Answer was a listed hurdle winner and is the dam of You Wear It Well, a dual Grade 2 winner who was placed in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle and Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle. Stroud Coleman signed for the filly at £34,000.

Holden winners catch the eye

ELLMARIE Holden’s Coolmeen Stables sold five lots for £147,000, and more than half of that total was made by the sales of Frisby and Karuma Grey, both of whom sold for £40,000.

Frisby was knocked down to Leyburn trainer Paddy Neville and this six-year-old son of Flemensfirth won his only outing between the flags, successful at Dromahane at the end of December. He is one of a pair of point-to-point winners out of a placed half-sister to J’y Vole, winner of the Grade 1 Dr P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Three lots later, and owner Aled Evans also paid £40,000 for the winning hurdler and placed chaser Karuma Grey, a six-year-old Jukebox Jury gelding, and he is one of nine winning offspring from the Surumu mare Karuma.

The nine include a pair of blacktype hurdle winners, while Karuma Grey’s full-brother Irascible was runner-up in the Grade 1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle. Stroud Coleman spent £43,000 to buy the attractive breeding prospect Lime Avenue, sold from Paul Nicholls’ yard. Winner of a bumper and hurdle race at Chepstow and Wincanton, Lime Avenue is a Walk In The Park half-sister to the Irish Grand National winner Rogue Angel, also successful in the Kerry National. Their dam is a half-sister to the Grade 1 novice chase winner Carrigeen Victor.

In foal

Best of the broodmares at the sale was Dahlbury’s Mystic Sky, sold in foal to Walzertakt. A daughter of Midnight Legend, Mystic Sky won six times, all but once over hurdles, and she was runner-up in a listed contest.

Her half-sister Martello Sky has won eight times, twice in listed hurdle races, and this is the family of the Champion Hurdle winner Royal Gait. J.P. McGrath Bloodstock spent £40,000 to secure the mare.

The January Sale’s National Hunt weanling session followed on from the inaugural British National Hunt Breeders Showcase in November, and this had an effect on the turnover, which was down by 41%. The median was unchanged from last year, while the average was up by 14%. Last year’s edition of the sale saw a top price of £150,000.