MICHAEL DONOHOE & SONS
Address: Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny
Telephone: 059 9775145
Fax: 059 9775541
Date: May 4th-5th 2022
Wednesday. Time: 11am. Wednesday. Ponies (42 including supplementary sheet) and older horses.
Thursday 11am. Four-year-olds and three-year-olds.
Last year’s top lot: Keith Wilson’s Coille Mor Buachaill, 5 year-old gelding by Tolan R (dam by Coille Mor Hill) €23,000.
TWELVE months ago, and with many pandemic restrictions still in force, the spring fixture at Goresbridge broke all previous records. This year, and due to an increase in entries the renewal runs over two days, and connections will be hoping that trade will be a lively as it was then.
Certainly, the indications are good, and the catalogue of 323 lots (including supplementary catalogue) looks enticing. The opening day of older stock offers both jumpers and event horses with form, as well as a large quantity of proven hunters and experienced all-rounders. Thursday appears equally strong, especially in the four-year-old sector.
Once again, and with 12 progeny forward, OBOS Quality leads the stallion lists while the thoroughbred Pointilliste is well represented with six. Others to feature in number include Cobra 18, Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet, Tullabeg Fusion and Rebel Mountain – all with four apiece.
Lot 4 Castleview Kinder, reg 4yo dn f 14.2hh by Ballygreek Dixie out of Silverspring Déjà Vu (Dolman Déjà Vu). By a Connemara stallion out of a sport horse mare, this filly is an early eye-catcher. She is consigned by a regular sale-topping vendor and, having competed in training shows, looks a smart prospect for the future.
Lot 7 Bugsy, reg 4yo b g 14.2hh by Uskerty Sweet Lad out of Slaney Kings Cruise (Kings Master). Another with sport horse bloodlines and with a pedigree going back to Clover Hill, this traditionally bred pony is thought to have a great future either show jumping or eventing. Described as having a very trainable brain, he is ready to be produced to the highest level.
Lot 18 Drumcollogher Grey Knight, reg 6yo gr g 14.2hh by Glencarrig Knight out of Drumcollogher Lady Nel (Clonberne Boy). This versatile Connemara is fully warranted in all respects, and is well hunted with the Wicklow hounds. In addition, he has competed in hunter trials and training shows, and is thought suitable for any equestrian sphere.
Lot 49 Harvest Moon, reg 6yo b m 16hh by Balou du Rouet out of Harvalier (Cavalier Royale). Carrying a very commercial pedigree and having competed to 1.20m level, this attractively bred mare has clocked up 60 SJI points. Well related, she is a sibling to several notable performers including Liberation (1.45m), ridden by Alan O’Regan.
Lot 52 Bloch Bauer, reg 5yo ch m 16.1hh by Pointilliste out of Oldyard Diamond (Diamond Serpent). Beautifully bred in both traditional terms and indeed performance, this mare has clocked up one SJI point to date. With future paddock potential, she is a half-sister to Ballyward (CCI3*) while her dam is a half-sister to the Oliver Townend-partnered Ashdale Cruise Master (CCI5*). Going back a further generation, the second dam is a full sister to the good jumper Master of Moments.
Lot 63 Kieltys Pretty Lady, reg 5yo b m 160 cms by Tullabeg Fusion out of Barnadown Ramiro (Ramiro B). This straightforward young mare is competing at training shows and has been well schooled across country. Very well related, she is half-sister to the American-based event horse Fernhill Fugitive (CCI5* and Pan American Games), while another sibling is the dam of Barnadown Ricky (1.45m), Luxie B (1.35m) and Dignified Grace (1.35m SJ).
Lot 64 Lux Excel, reg 9yo b g 17.2hh by Lux Z out of Kingcora Cruise (Cruising). An experienced show jumping campaigner under Clem McMahon, this gelding has jumped both in Ireland and abroad. Carrying a good record in classes up to 1.35m, he is ready to be brought back into work and resume his career.
Lot 96 Master Millar, reg 10yo b g 169cms by OBOS Quality out of Oakville Clover (Clover Flush). A fully warranted winner of 164 SJI points, Master Millar has competed in Grand Prix around the country. A careful performer, and currently jumping up to 145cm level, he is thought to have the potential to make it to the top of the sport.
Lot 125 Hidden Eclipse, reg 5yo b g 168cms by Chinook Eclipse out of Jocelyn (Templebready Fear Bui). One of the catalogue standouts, this much admired gelding was a winner of a Stepping Stones qualifier last spring, and placed third in the final. An attractive thoroughbred/Connemara cross, and described as a dream to produce, he has the pedigree for a big future in the eventing sphere.
Lot 142 Craigmore Cruising, reg 10yo b g 17.2hh by Ringfort Cruise out of Rosgan Irco Lara (Lars Irco G). Another with jumping mileage, this gelding is a warranted performer with 92 SJI points. He has clocked up numerous wins on the national circuit, and is competing to date.
Lot 144 Red Rock, reg 6yo g by Luan Cincise out of Ballybane Spring Rose (Royal Persian). By a sire responsible for the highest-priced thoroughbred at auction (older horses) last year, this gelding could be one for the future. Slowly produced, he was placed runner-up at the recent Munster Arena Eventing league (90cm).
Lot 149 Charlene, reg 5yo b m 165 cms by Kroongraaf out of Cedar Mount Sally (Vriend). A fully warranted mare with mileage at training shows, she is from the direct maternal line of the Olympic-selected event horse Tullyoran Cruise (CCI4*) and to the Mikey Pender-ridden show jumper HHS Louis (1.45). Others to feature in the family include Carlingford Shiver (CCI4*) and Lord Clover (1.50m).
Lot 50 Maganey Faro Indie, reg 13yo bl m 15.2hh by Kiltealy Kingdom out of Lily Noir (Templebready Fear Bui). Typical of the sort in high demand, this fully warranted cob/all-rounder has a wealth of experience. Sadly for sale due to exam commitments, she has evented, taken part in all pony club activities, and was placed runner-up in both the national schools competition and the All Ireland Hunter Trials.
Lot 106 reg 10yo gr g 168cms by Coolcronan Wood out of Kentucky Blaze (Creggan Emperor). This full Irish Draught has followed the Meath hounds for three seasons. A real eye-catcher, he has also competed at local shows.
Lot 129 Poynstown Digger, reg 5yo b g 16.3hh by Bonmahon Master Blue out of Grantstown Millie (Flagmount King). Quiet in all respects, and described as being a total gentleman, Digger has hunted for the past two seasons. This good-moving individual has the ability to make a smart event horse.
Lot 159 Pablo, reg 4yo pal g 16.2hh by Tullabeg Fusion out of Cluoca Ali (Aldatus Z). Described glowingly as quiet in all respects and a true gentleman, Pablo has hunted all season with the Kildare Foxhounds and the Glasson Farmers. He will cross any country with ease, and will be a big addition to any yard.
Lot 169 Cookie, reg 4yo b g 16.1hh by Carrigshawn Quantum out of Carrigshawn Lucy (Olympic Lux). A home-bred son of Carrigshawn Quantum (Quantino x Harlequin du Carel), this loose-moving gelding is showing promise under saddle, and is already gaining high percentage marks in the dressage arena. He is also competing successfully in training shows and across country and, bred to perform, hails from an attractive dam line. He is a half-brother to the American-based international event horse Gortglas Crazy Love (CCI3*L), ridden by Joe Meyer, and to the novice Dolley Captain.
Lot 190 Coolrock Power Break, reg 4yo b g 166cms by Equis Powerfree out of Love Heart (Heartbreaker). This fully warranted youngster is competing in events. He is out of a full sister to the Lanaken gold medallist Drumiller Lough, while his half-sister Rathgar (1.40m) was placed numerous times in HSI classes as a seven-year-old.
Lot 210 Unnamed, reg 4yo b f 165cms by Vittorio out of Miss Baloubet (Baloubet du Rouet). A well-related half-sister to the Breeders Classic finalist Drumhowan Baloubet Mystique (1.35m). With Diamond Lad in the pedigree, the dam (1.40m) was also a useful mare. Among her successes was a third placing in the seven-year-old class at the RDS, and fourth in the six-year-old finals at Cavan the previous year. Adding extra depth, the dam is a half-sister to Carrow Cruise (1.50m) as well as to the Italian-based Irish Coffee (1.40m).
Lot 239 Duke, reg 4yo b g 16.1hh by Cavalier Land out of Killesk Beauty (Carrick Diamond Lad). This youngster has competed in the Stepping Stones League this spring, training shows and hunter rials. Quiet in all respects, he is showing the makings of a top end amateur’s event horse, or could excel as a lightweight show or working hunter.
Lot 261 Larav Top Cat, reg 3yo b g 16.2hh by Hype out of Miss Alley Cat (Ard Alley Cat). By the influential Hype (Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve) out of a traditional mare, this gelding carries an attractive pedigree. He is a half-brother to Qui Rhythm (1.20m), Miss Rickzee (1.20m), Mr. Sting (1.20m) and to the event horse Larav Alley Graaf (CCI3*).
Lot 271 Unnamed, reg 3yo gr f 16.1hh by OBOS Quality out of Molougha Clover Cruise (Cruising). A half-sister to the seven-year-old Bukhara Cruise (1.35m and 81 SJI points) and to Castlefield Junior (1.25m)
Lot 276 Toro, reg 3yo br g 169cms by Heartbeat out Beausejour (Prince de Revel Rey Z). A European bred half-brother to Kancellara Van de Lentakker (1.40m) and Gaetan Van D’Abdijhoeve (1.40m). The dam, meanwhile, is a full sister to Tartinette (1.40m) and half-sister to US Clinton (1.60m).
Lot 279 Unnamed, reg 3yo b f 168cms by Tyson out of CSF Ladybird (Ars Vivendi). Very attractively bred, this filly is out of a half-sister to the Belgian-based jumper Olympic Cruz (1.45m) and Olympic You Too who is currently competing in Germany. Others in the dam line include Mooreshill Judy, the dam of Point Two Elvis.