A NUMBER of stallions enjoyed a tremendous week at the Land Rover Sale and unquestionably one of those was Constitution Hill’s sire Blue Bresil. As well as supplying the joint sale-topper, the Glenview Stud sire returned an average of €107,200 with all 10 of his progeny selling successfully.
The pick of the sire’s geldings was a three-year-old related to American Mike and he was consigned by James Sheehan’s Clonmult Farm and bought by Tessa Greatrex on behalf of Ben Pauling.
A son of Blue Bresil from Springhill Stud cost Ryan Mahon and Dan Skelton €135,000, while Aiden Murphy and Kim Bailey forked out €120,000 for a relation to Warriors Tale who was showing a good return on the £16,000 he cost as a yearling. Another €120,000 Blue Bresil hailed from Chris Jones’ Killeen Glebe and he was bought by Gerry Hogan having been picked up for €56,000 as a foal.
Nicholls stocks up
Leading trainer Paul Nicholls, acting through Tom Malone, secured a host of quality stores headed by a €160,000 son of Kapgarde. The half-brother to the French Grade 2 winner Santa Bamba was consigned by Ross Moorehead’s Glacken View and shares his sire with a number of Nicholls luminaries headed by Clan Des Obeaux. Just a couple of minutes later, the same combination forked out €120,000 for a son of Vision d’Etat.
The previous day Malone and Nicholls picked up a €135,000 Saint Des Saints half-brother to a multiple Grade 1 winner in Italy, consigned by Johnny Collins’ Brown Island Stables, and a €125,000 son of another top French sire in Doctor Dino who hailed from Walter Connors’ Sluggara Farm. Also set to join Nicholls is a €110,000 daughter of Flemensfirth out of a Ballingarry mare who won seven times on the track.
Easily one of the finest fillies on offer over the two days was a €150,000 daughter of Milan and she was knocked down to Jessica Harrington who knows this family better than anyone else.
A €54,000 foal purchase and offered by Peter and Sarah Molony’s Rathmore Stud, this filly is out of the high-class Harrington mare Burn And Turn, who was successful at Grade 3 level as a chaser and numbers a runner-up effort in the Galway Plate amongst her numerous blacktype placings.
Further back, this is the family of the trainer’s top-notch two-miler Space Trucker who won the Grand Annual at Cheltenham in 1999 having previously landed the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle as well as reaching the frame in the 1997 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Another impressive filly was a daughter of Envoi Allen’s sire, Muhtathir, who cost Peter Doyle €125,000. The agent reported that he was acting for long-standing clients after signing for the granddaughter of the dual French listed winner Force Atlantique.