A NUMBER of Irish trainers were to the fore over the course of the two days and these included Sheila Lavery who was acting for her brother John when giving €100,000 for a son of Footstepsinthesand who boasted perhaps the most compelling update in the sale.

This colt, who was sold by Mark Dreeling and Barbara Fonzo’s Coole House Farm, is a half-brother to the recent Flying Five Stakes second place finisher Erosandpsyche.

A memorable couple of days for Coole House yielded another €100,000 sale the following afternoon when Joe Foley secured their son of Bated Breath out of a half-sister to the high-class juvenile Captain Marvelous.

The colt will carry the colours of Clipper Logistics whose three previous sons of Bated Breath have all performed to a very high standard, with pride of place going to the Grade 1 performer Space Traveller.

Foley ended the sale as the leading purchaser with his seven purchases grossing €419,000.

Romanised relation

Ken Condon enjoyed some outstanding days with Romanised so it wasn’t a great surprise to see him go to €80,000 to snap up another son of Holy Roman Emperor whose family goes back to the aforementioned Irish 2000 Guineas winner.

This Lodge Park Stud offering is out of a winning Sea The Stars mare and he was bought on behalf of Romanised’s owner Robert Ng.

Vendor Michael Tallon enjoyed quite a windfall when his son of Havana Gold, whom he purchased for 19,000gns as a foal, sold to Kevin Ross €95,000.

This colt is out of a half-sister to a talented son of Havana Gold in the Hong Kong Derby third Crack On Crack On whom Ross purchased on behalf of owners Paul and Clare Rooney several years ago. Ross confirmed that this purchase would also carry the Rooney colours.

The following day Tallon consigned a son of Havana Grey who cost Karl and Kelly Burke €58,000 just 10 months after being picked up for €9,000 as a foal.

In the intervening period Havana Grey has made a sensational start at stud with his first crop of runners yielding 12 stakes performers which include two Group 3 winners and two listed scorers. The eight lots by the sire that were sold averaged an impressive €52,875.

Another nice dividend came in the shape of a son of Awtaad who cost the combination of Peter and Ross Doyle and Middleham Park Racing €87,000.

This half-brother to three winners was offered by Monksland Stables having cost €36,000 as a foal.