FOALS by Walk In The Park continued to dominate trade at Goffs on Wednesday as the December National Hunt Sale entered its third day.
On Monday five of the top nine lots were by Walk In The Park and the Grange Stud stallion was responsible for five of the top 10 lots during Tuesday’s session, including the record-breaking €155,000 colt foal.
And on Wednesday, six of the day's top eight lots were by that son of Montjeu, sire of Jonbon, Facile Vega, Douvan, Min and other stars of the National Hunt game.
Heading the day's business was a €100,000 Walk In The Park colt from Pa Doyle's Galbertstown Stud in Co Tipperary, on behalf of breeder Sean Ronan. This foal is just the second out of Duhallow Gesture, a daughter of King's Theatre who won a listed bumper for trainer Anthony Honeyball five years ago and also won three times over hurdles.
The foal was bought today by Corkman Richard Rohan and is likely to be offered for resale as a three-year-old.
Goffs agent Ronan Griffin gave €68,000 for a Walk In The Park colt foal from breeder Oliver Loughlin. From the family of Albertas Run, the colt is out of an unraced dam who is an own-sister to Presence Of Mind who won blacktype over jumps in the US.
Michael Fitzpatrick’s Kilminfoyle Stud, trading as JC Bloodstock, bought a Walk In The Park colt foal from Frank Motherway’s Yellowford Farm for €66,000. This colt is out of a placed half-sister to Hurricane Fly.
Pinhooker Dick Frisby is always to the fore at this sale and he spent €58,000 on a Walk In The Park filly, the first foal out of five-time winner Ask Susan. She was consigned by William and Patricia Doyle’s Ashwood Stud in Arklow.
Galway's Niall Bleahen secured a Walk In The Park half-brother to Cheltenham winner Labaik for €58,000. The vendor was John Dwan's Ballyreddin Stud and the dam, Avanguardia, is due to be sold here tomorrow.
In between all those Walk In The Park foals, a colt by Boardsmill Stud's Poet's Word made €75,000. His dam Dinaria Des Obeaux won graded races over hurdles and fences and a full-brother to this foal fetched €85,000 last year. Today's buyer was agent Kevin Ross on behalf of British trainer and producer Ben Case.
After three days of the sale, 386 of the 551 lots offered have sold, setting a clearance rate of 70%.
The sale concludes on Thursday, when approximately 120 foals will be offered, followed by around 50 fillies and mares, including Grade 2 winner Royal Kahala and dual Grade 3 winner Grangee.