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Gordon Elliott buys winning pointer Thatsy for £130,000
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Gordon Elliott buys winning pointer Thatsy for £130,000
on 19 April 2018
Consigned by Donnchadh Doyle's Monbeg Stables, the grey won a maiden at Lingstown

THATSY, consigned by Donnchadh Doyle's Monbeg Stables, shone at the Tattersalls Ireland April Sale when knocked down for £130,000.

The top lot of the day was the only offspring of Martaline in the catalogue.

He ran out the impressive three-length winner of a four-year-old maiden at Lingstown and followed that up with a gallant second in a winners-of-two at Loughanmore.

Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliott returned to the venue where Tiger Roll and Irish Grand National winner General Principle were bought and teamed up with agent Aidan O'Ryan to secure the gelding for £130,000.

Colin Bowe's Cobbler's Way (lot 28) produced a promising performance when second on his debut run and was only beaten a length and a half in afour-year-old maiden at Dromahane.

Consigned by Milestone Stables, the Oscar gelding comes from the family of the high-class Foxchapel King, and he was knocked down for £120,000 to agent Mags O'Toole and trainer Henry de Bromhead.

The sale concluded with a turnover of £1,265,500, a median of £47,000 and an average of £50,620.

At its conclusion, Director of Horses in Training Sales Richard Pugh commented: "While it has been a terrific season at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sales thus far, this evening's April Sale is the first one to show a decrease in the key indicators.

"Comparing sales to previous year however will never apply to select form sales such as this one in the same way as it does to sales with more substantial catalogue quantities.

"April 2017 bounced back from a relatively low comparable turnover in 2016 to return exceptional results last year.

"Already the 2019 calendar seems to be strongly in favour of the April Sale in terms of likely supply and we must accept that the factors outside of our control had an effect on this evenings results and look forward to what appears likely to be a very strong sale here on 31 May 2018."

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