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GO FOR GOLD SALE: 'Jackie' turns heads for top price of €50,000
on 08 December 2020
There was flying trade at the 2020 Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale this evening at Barnadown, writes Isabel Hurley and Margie McLoone

LIGHTING up the 2020 Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale was a four-year-old grey Jack of Diamonds filly who fetched the top price of €50,000 at the flagship sale in Barnadown this evening.

Bidding opened at €10,000 for Lot 18 Jackie, consigned by Alice Martin-Jones and Jason Higgins. She is out of Cappercullen Cruise (ISH) (TIH) (by Cruising) and is a half-sister to the Clinton gelding Bill Clinton (CSI-YH1*, 1.40m). Bidding was lively in the room, online, and on the phone for her with 29 bids in quick succession before she was finally knocked down to a buyer in the room for €50,000 to a round of applause.

The top priced three-year-old this evening was Michael O'Callaghan's Lot 40 Robinia, a bay Ramiro B gelding, who sold for €47,000. Robinia's dam, the Wizard King mare Raetihi, comes from the family of the Prix D'Arenberg (Group 3) winner Reasonable. Bidding opened at €10,000 and 27 bids later, the hammer fell at €47,000.

Other top selling three-year-olds included Lot 37 Brian Flynn and Meadbh Bolger's MBF Gambler, by Ramiro B out of a thoroughbred mare Monalease (by Terimon) which fetched €42,000. Bidding opened with a strong online bid of €18,000 quickly rising in 18 bids to €42,000.

Bolger and Flynn struck again with Lot 29 MBF Bridge View, a three-year-old Puissance gelding out of a Courage mare. Bidding opened at €5,000 before rising 10 times before the horse was sold to an online bidder at €24,000.

One of two Sligo Candy Boy geldings forward, Lot 46 MBF If In Doubt, out of a Manhattan mare, was sold to an online buyer at €31,000, once again consigned by Bolger, Flynn and Higgins.

Flynn, in partnership with Henry Foley, entered MBF Quidams Touch (Lot 57), a son of Quidam Jnr 1 out of Pembrook Black Magic (by Touchdown), which was sold to a buyer in the room on a final bid of €33,000.

There was plenty of interest in Virginia Considine's eye-catching Lot 45, a three-year-old grey gelding by Metropole out of the Cavalier Royale mare Cavalier Silver Joey. Bidding opening at €10,000 before a phone bidder had the final say at €37,000 after 19 bids.

John Flood's Lot 64, a three-year-old grey gelding by Cavalier Land out of a Grange Bouncer mare started off at €5,000 bid before quickly rising through 17 bids to be sold to an on-site buyer at €23,000.

Top British international event rider Oliver Townend snapped up Lot 25 and Lot 26 for a total of €52,000.

Bidding opened at €10,000 for Lot 25, Michael O'Callaghan's three-year-old gelding by the traditionally-bred ISH Yeats, and 12 bids later, he was secured by Townend.

Lot 25's dam Prime Adage is by Marignan out of a Supreme Leader mare.

Meabh Bolger and Jason Higgins consigned MBF Star Buster (Lot 26) who was also sold to Townend for €26,000. The Ramiro B gelding out of a Wild Law mare comes from the family of 17-time track winner Mr Boston. Bidding opening at €10,000 before going on the market at €24,000 and being knocked down at €26,000.

British international event rider Nicky Roncoroni accounted for Dessie Gibson's Lot 28 Cullintra Digger, a three-year-old dark bay gelding by Quantino out of a Witness Box mare. A strong opening bid of €15,000 rose steadily in 10 bids before being sold to Roncoroni at €24,000.

The last lot of the night was Ciara Walsh's Lot 68, another three-year-old grey gelding, this time by Diamond Roller out of a Cruising mare caught the eye of Richard Sheane of Cooley Farms who had the last say at 25,000 after bidding opened at €10,000.

Lot 40, Michael O'Callaghan's Robinia by Ramiro B, was the top priced three-year-old fetching €47,000 at the Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale this evening at Barnadown \ Goresbridge Horse Sales

Four-year-old trade

Strong prices were fetched for most of the four-year-olds forward including Lot 5, the Colandro bay gelding, Kilcannon Hot Shot, consigned by Mary Bolger and Jason Higgins, who realised €38,000. Bidding opened at €10,000 and 16 bids later, he was sold to a buyer on-site. Kilcannon Hot Shot finished third in the Potential Event Horse Championships at last year's Dublin Horse Show is out of the Crown Z mare Aster, a half-sister to Queen Z (1.50m).

Registered with the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland, Nigel Kenny's home-bred Derrycastle Houdini (by Ulysses MS2) out of Corrib Sensation (by Lux Z), sold for €32,000 to an on-site buyer. He is a half-brother to the young show jumper Derrycastle Sensation (by Cevin Z) while his dam is a half-sister to Corrib House (CSIO5*) and Cavalier Rusticana (CSIO5*).

The sale opened confidently with the first two lots selling for €28,000 and €29,000.

Felicity Ward and Elizabeth Ahern consigned Lot 1 EPA Wildfire, a six-year-old gelding by Carlow Bank out of a Kahtan mare who opened proceedings when sold online at €28,000 from an opening bid of €5,000.

He was quickly followed by Lot 2 Tullabeg Platinum, a six-year-old consigned by Barnadown's Maurice Cousins. By Dignified Van't Zorgvliet out of a Cult Hero mare, bidding for the gelding opened at €10,000 before quickly moving through 14 bids and he was sold to an online purchaser for €29,000.

Don't miss Margie McLoone's exclusive report on the 2020 Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale only in The Irish Field this weekend

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