1 Lot: 78 (f) Gleneagles – Miss Macnamara
Vendor: Clonlisk Stud
Purchaser: Paddy Twomey
Over the last couple of seasons Gleneagles has been represented by a number of quality fillies, among them the Group 1-winning Loving Dream and Insinuendo who will be chasing top-flight honours in Paris on Sunday afternoon. This filly looks a particularly interesting prospect for her sire having been picked up by Paddy Twomey and she is already a half-sister to a Group 1 winner in the Irish St Leger hero Sonnyboyliston.
There will surely be more blacktype in her pedigree before long as her previously Scandinavian-based half-sister Lot Of Joy has shaped very well in two starts since joining Willie Mullins, the more recent of which yielded a third in last weekend’s Irish Cesarewitch.
2 Lot: 86 (c) Mastercraftsman – Monte Solaro
Vendor: Coole House Farm
Purchaser: Hamish Macauley Bloodstock/Ciaron Maher Racing
In a sale of blue-blooded flat-bred yearlings this colt represented something a little different as a half-brother to the brilliant four-time Cheltenham Festival hero Altior.
It was a bold decision by breeders Paddy and Rose Behan to offer him in a sale such as this rather than wait for a more traditional outlet and they were rewarded with a six-figure sale that had a surprising climax as it was revealed that the colt is ultimately bound for Australian trianer Ciaron Maher.
Indications afterwards were that this colt could try his hand on the flat in these parts before heading to the southern hemisphere.
3 Lot: 92 (c) Not This Time – Morediamondsplease
Vendor: Baroda Stud
Purchaser: JB Bloodstock
Perhaps one of the most intriguing lots in the catalogue made his entrance to the ring just before Blackbeard’s sale-topping sister. Thus a large audience was able to appreciate the sole yearling on offer in Ireland this year by the coming American-based sire Not This Time.
A son of Giant’s Causeway who was restricted to just four runs as a juvenile, which culminated in a runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Not This Time has achieved impressive results off his first three crops of racing age. His representatives include horses the quality of the Kentucky Derby second Epicentre and the Madison Stakes winner Just One Time, while his yearlings made up to $825,000 at Keeneland last month.
It will be instructive to follow the progress of this breeze-up sales-bound colt whose dam is a half-sister to the dam of Wexford Native, a stakes-winning three-year-old for Jim Bolger this year.
4 Lot: 236 (c) Study Of Man – Starlit Sands
Purchaser: Qatar Racing/China Horse Club
Among the sires being represented by their first crop this autumn is the former Prix du Jockey Club hero Study Of Man. He and Saxon Warrior, who has started off brightly with his first runners this year, are the only sons of Deep Impact standing at stud in Ireland or England and it will be fascinating to see how these representatives of such a revered Japanese sire line fare over the coming years. This colt looks a particularly interesting prospect as his dam was second in the Queen Mary Stakes and then went on produce the dam of last year’s Albany Stakes heroine Sandrine.
5 Lot: 364 (f) Ten Sovereigns – Bodak
Vendor: Jamie Railton Sales Agency
Purchaser: Ken Condon
Next year will see Ten Sovereigns represented on the track by his first crop of runners, and the Middle Park Stakes and July Cup hero returned an average of just under €120,000 for his 15 lots sold over the two days. Among those on offer by the sire was this filly who will join Curragh trainer Ken Condon.
A €65,000 foal purchase, she is the first produce of a winning Kodiac mare and comes from a family that has enjoyed considerable success in Ireland with the dam’s siblings including the Jessica Harrington-trained Group 3 winners Pincheck and Valeria Messalina. Further back this is the family of Kevin Prendergast’s National Stakes hero Kingsfort.