Lot 7 (g) Kingston Hill – Jolivia
Vendor: Mount Eaton Stud
Purchaser: D J Bloodstock
A representative of the notable nursery that is Mount Eaton Stud, this gelding has the distinction of being the joint highest-priced horse by his sire to pass through the sales ring at Tattersalls Ireland, and with good reason.
His dam Jolivia was a listed winner in France and has gone on to enjoy notable success at stud. In 2018, her son Sizing Tennessee won the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and over the last couple of seasons she has also been well represented by the 2021 Kim Muir heroine Mount Ida.
Lot 43 (g) Hillstar – Lucy Murphy
Vendor: Castledillon Stud
Purchaser: Ballycrystal Stables
When Timmy Hillman paid €17,000 for this son of Hillstar at the November National Hunt Foal Sale the first blacktype performer on the page was the top-class Edward O’Grady runner Sound Man who achieved so much in mid 1990s.
However, some timely updates have since arrived to reinvigorate this family which meant that a considerable windfall was in the offing for his return to the sales ring.
This gelding’s half-brother Barnaviddaun won the 2020 Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle at Naas, while another close relation, Mossy Fen, won at Grade 2 level over hurdles in Britain.
Lot 209 (g) Gemix – Vision Sainte
Vendor: Glen Stables
Purchaser: H Kirk/W.P. Mullins
Among the many interesting French sires represented at this year’s sale was Gemix who won two editions of the French Champion Hurdle before retiring to stud in 2015.
The Carlotamix horse’s eldest crop are six and he has already sired a Grade 1 winner. It was interesting to see the notable axis of Harold Kirk and Willie Mullins strike for this gelding.
He is out of a mare who won five times and she is a half-sister to Saint Goustan Blue who hasn’t won at Grade 1 level but is a 17-times winner in France with earnings approaching the €1 million mark.
Lot 254 (g) Mahler – Ballybrowney Ella
Vendor: Weir View Stud
Purchaser: Kevin Ross Bloodstock
Among the impressive pinhooking touches witnessed on Wednesday and Thursday this individual stands out as he showed a ten-fold appreciation on the €9,200 he cost as a foal in this ring in November 2019.
His sire Mahler enjoyed a fine time of things last season with his track representatives headed by the immensely promising Cheltenham bumper runner-up American Mike.
Furthermore, this three-year-old is out of a winning daughter of Presenting whose influence as a broodmare sire over the coming years is sure to become increasingly profound.
Lot 328 (g) Racinger – Demoiselle de Pic
Vendor: Brook Lodge Farm
Purchaser: Hamish Macauley Bloodstock/Bryan Cooper
This gelding’s sale represented another notable pinhooking touch and quicker one than most as it was only last autumn that he was picked up for €26,000 at Arqana.
He was the only horse in the sale by his sire, who hasn’t had too many representatives in these parts but did supply two of the better novice chasers in Ireland last season.
The first of these is the Grade 1-placed and Grade 2 winning Farouk D’Alene and the other is Willie Mullins’ El Barra who ended his season with a Grade A handicap success at the Punchestown Festival.