The year at Tattersalls Ireland drew to a low-key close on Saturday with the November Flat Sale where trade was of a much more reserved and muted variety than what preceded it earlier this week.
The one-day sale which offered a selection of foals, yearlings and breeding prospects represented a struggle for most horses who came under the hammer and this was reflected in the final figures although they did advance on last year’s tallies.
Of the 141 lots to come under the hammer 82 were sold for a clearance rate of 58%, a five point advancement on last year. The average of €6,915 was up by 13% and the median improved from €3,000 to €5,500 while the turnover of €567,000 for the day was a progression of almost 29%.
Breeze-up vendor Thomond O’Mara secured the day’s most coveted offering when forking out €29,000 to secure a colt hailing from the first crop of the high-class sprinter Tasleet.
Lumville Farm consigned this colt who is the second produce of a listed-placed mare and her dam is the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes winner English Ballet.
“He looks fast and we will reoffer him at the breeze-up sales next year. The sire was a high-class sprinter and he’s a son of Showcasing who we’ve had plenty of luck with in the past while this colt is a nice type out of a smart mare,” reported O’Mara.
The latter’s breeze-up colleague Willie Browne was also to the fore when he forked out €25,000 for a daughter of Holy Roman Emperor out of an raced Lope De Vega mare.
“She’ll go breezing. She’s a very nice filly with size and scope and could go to any sale. She’s all Lope De Vega and I thought she looked like good value,” reflected Browne.
The breeze-up path also beckons for a €23,000 son of the Group 1-winning Kodiac horse Kessaar who was bought by Hyde Park Stud while Andrew Lynch’s Kilbrew Stables spent €21,000 on a son of James Garfield who will also be reoffered next year.
Curragh trainer Willie McCreery picked up a couple of yearlings for next season and the most expensive of these was a €21,000 filly by Tamayuz from Lumville Farm. This filly is a half-sister to Michael O’Callaghan’s winning juvenile Money Tree and their dam is a half-sister to the Park Express Stakes third Starbright.
“Her two-year-old half-sister is useful and this filly is a lovely, good walking sort. She could well be for a syndicate in the yard and hopefully she’ll be one to look forward to next year,” reported McCreery.
The sale also contained a section given over to foals and the pick of these was a €24,000 colt hailing from the first crop of the Group 2 winner and dual Group 1-placed Inns Of Court. He was bought by Tally-Ho Stud where the Invincible Spirit horse resides and will be back for sale as a yearling. Tony O’Callaghan’s purchase is out of a daughter of the dual Listed winner Deauville Vision.
COMPARATIVE FIGURES FOR THE FLAT SALE
YEAR CAT OFF SOLD AGGREGATE AVERAGE MEDIAN
2021 159 141 82 €567,000 €6,915 €5,500
2020 190 137 72 €439,700 €6,107 €3,000
2019 189 154 85 €547,600 €6,442 €3,000
2018 229 195 97 €599,100 €6,176 €3,000