A FEATURE of this week’s sale was the demand for the progeny of various first-crop sires who will be aiming to fill the void left by several stalwarts of the jumping game.
Among those stallions being represented by their first National Hunt foals is the Boardsmill Stud resident and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes hero Poet’s Word. His foals gained a notable level of traction over the last few days and they were headed by an €85,000 colt out of the very smart Dinaria Des Obeaux who won at Grade 2 and Grade 3 level during her time with Gordon Elliott.
Joey Logan signed for the Mountain View Stud offering who may be kept for a career in the point-to-point field as opposed to being resold as a three-year-old. Dinaria Des Obeaux was picked up for €42,000 at the Goffs December National Hunt Sale two years ago.
Another popular Poet’s Word was a half-brother to the triple Grade 1 winner Benefficient who cost €62,000. He was bought by Kevin Ross and he was acting for a client who will reoffer their purchase as a three-year-old.
On Monday the teak-tough Success Days, who notched up a host of pattern race victories for Ken Condon before retiring to Kilbarry Lodge Stud, supplied a €70,000 filly from his first crop. Owned by Briar Lane Stud, this filly is out of an own-sister to Outlander, Ice Cold Soul and Western Leader and she was bought by Matt Coleman whose client intends to keep their purchase to race in Ireland.
As expected Walk In The Park’s offspring were in demand throughout the week and his top-priced foal was a €70,000 half-brother to Roaring Bull from Thistletown Stud who was knocked down to Aiden Murphy.
The Montjeu horse was also represented by a relation to Many Clouds and The Tullow Tank who cost Tom Whitehead €66,000.
Tally-Ho Stud spent €68,000 on a son of the sire and Coolmara Stables forked out €62,000 for Yellowford’s Walk In The Park colt out of the listed bumper winner and Grade 1-placed hurdler Lyrical Theatre.
Top filly foal
The sale’s joint top-priced filly foal was a €70,000 daughter of the excellent French sire No Risk At All. She was sold by John Dwan’s Ballyreddin Stud and she was bought by Rathbarry Stud’s Paul Cashman. The filly, who shares her sire with the likes of Epatante and Allaho, is out of a stakes-winning American Post mare who was also placed at listed level over jumps.
Joey Logan’s spending also took in a €67,000 son of Soldier Of Fortune out of the Lancashire Oaks heroine Turbo Linn while Adrian Costello and the Lalor family’s Carrigeen Bloodstock both spent €65,000 on sons of Getaway.
Timmy Hillman gave €62,000 for an Affinisea half-brother to Fiddlerontheroof, €57,000 for a Harzand colt and €54,000 on a colt hailing from the first National Hunt crop of Maxios.