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SALES: Clearance rate hits 88% at Craven Breeze Up Sale
on 14 April 2021
The two top lots from Wednesday's session at Tattersalls appear to be bound for Hong Kong and the USA

THE Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale ended on Wednesday evening with an 88% clearance rate over the two days, up from 83% last year despite a much bigger number of horses offered this year.

With 63% more horses offered for sale this year, it was not surprising that the amount spent during the two sessions rose by 57%.

Most encouragingly the median price rose by 11% this year, while the average price was down 9% compared to last year's more select offering.

Toppin day two was a Carvaggio colt consigned by the O'Callaghan family's Yeomanstown Stud. He was bought by agent Alastair Donald for 240,000gns and is bound for Hong Kong.

"He is for a new Hong Kong client, he will go out to Hong Kong at the end of the season," said Donald. "He will be pre-trained in England. He is a lovely big horse and he has a nice pedigree. He breezed well for a big horse and looks the type to do well in Hong Kong."

Of a "type" for Hong Kong Donald added: "They don't race in Hong Kong until they are three-year-olds, so you don't need a 'here and now' horse."

Of Caravaggio, Donald said: "The sire looks like he has got a very nice two-year-old already and this is the first I have bought by him, I did like the yearlings – they are particularly good walkers, and this horse's movement is also very good."

Yeomanstown Stud bought the colt as a foal spending 155,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. "We bought him back to Book 1, but it did not quite work out. He is a beautiful colt, breezed real well, he has a great attitude, I am very pleased," said David O'Callaghan. "He was always a lovely horse and he hasn't missed a day."

Tom Whitehead of Powerstown Stud in Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny, had an excellent day, selling two of his three-horse consignment for 185,000gns and 140,000gns.

The 185,000gns came for a colt by Union Rags which Whitehead had bought for $115,000. That horse is likely to head back to America to race.

Whitehead's 140,000gns horse, a colt by Practical Joke, will race in Ireland, having been bought by trainer Michael O'Callaghan, who was underbidder for the day's top lot.

Two Irish-consigned colts sold for 150,000gns on Wednesday. Roger O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud sold a son of Aclaim to Opulence Thoroughbreds. Trainer Stuart Williams signed for this one but said he was not certain to train it.

Katie Walsh's Greenhills Farm sold a Showcasing colt for 150,000gns to agent Stephen Hillen. Walsh bought the horse for 65,000gns last year.

DAY TWO STATISTICS

Sale statistics: (+/- compared with 2020, to be confirmed)

Lots catalogued: 169 (154)

Lots offered: 137 (84)

Lots sold: 121 (70)

Aggregate: 10,393,500gns

Median: 68,000gns

Average: 86,897gns

% clearance: 88%

FULL SALE STATISTICS

CURRENT YEAR PREVIOUS YEAR CHANGE %

Catalogued 169 154 +10%

Withdrawn 32 70 -54%

Offered 137 84 +63%

Unsold 16 14 +14%

Sold 121 70 +73%

Aggregate (gns) 10,408,500 6,649,500 +57%

Median (gns) 68,000 61,000 +11%

Average (gns) 86,021 94,993 -9%

% offered lots sold 88% 83% +5%

MORE SALES AND BLOODSTOCK NEWS IN THE IRISH FIELD NEXT WEEKEND

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