A TOP price of €190,000, a total of 13 six-figure transactions and strong activity from €50,000 onwards ensured that the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale got off to a bright start today even though the figures for the first session couldn’t quite match 2018 in several areas.

At the close of proceedings 172 of the 208 stores offered produced an aggregate of just over €9 million which was an improvement on the €8.8 million taken in 12 months ago.