JIM Derwin confined himself to a single purchase at the premier sale of three-year-olds in Cavan on Tuesday and was just slightly more active the following day when signing for three lots who, too, were all three-year-old Irish Sport Horses.

Derwin’s purchases included the top-priced Lot 196, a Tyson gelding consigned by his Co Sligo breeder, Tony Carrabine. The bay, who made €16,500, is the second recorded progeny out of the Balou du Rouet mare Sligo Grannus Lady. She did a small bit of jumping herself but is a full-sister to Sligo Hard Times who competed on five-star Nations’ Cup teams for Spain.


A bid of €10,000 from Derwin secured another Co Sligo-consigned gelding, Seamus Cawley’s unnamed Lot 213. Bred by Stephen Howley, this bay by Sligo Candy Boy is out of the traditionally bred Dunbeggan Coevers Girl who is by Dunbeggan Coevers Hill out of a Master Imp mare from the family of Dunbeggin Imp (CCI3*).

Minutes earlier, the hammer came down when Derwin offered €9,300 for Philomena II (Lot 211), a filly by the Cornet Obolensky stallion Phil VD Wezelse Heihoeve. Consigned by her Co Mayo breeder Sean Judge, the grey is out of the Dutch-bred Tres Bien who jumped up to 1.35m Grand Prix level under Showjumping Ireland rules.

Irish purchasers signed for seven of the nine five-figure lots with Aoife Cassidy giving €13,500 for Madeline Duggan’s Aughlin Mr Van (Lot 231).


Another three-year-old, this chesnut gelding by Vancouver was bred in Co Leitrim by Seamus Gallagher. He is out of the Mohill Treble C mare Aughlin Miracle whose previous produce include the Oberon van Fyandra D’09 mare Keeford High Rise (210 SJI points).

UK bound

England’s Candida Martin purchased the top-priced older horse when having the final bid at €12,000 for Rebecca Chow’s GA Mr Cruiser (Lot 115). Bought by his vendor as a foal, this nine-year-old Cobra gelding has 148 SJI points and hunter trials experience. Marketed as a Junior/Young Rider horse, the grey is out Caribbean Cruise (by Cruising).

Co Monaghan’s Colleen Moffett went to €10,500 to purchase Wilson Equestrian’s Quantino van’t Heike (Lot 134), a six-year-old grey Quantino gelding who, it is said, will make a top working hunter/show jumper. He has been schooled cross-country and competed at training shows.

The USA’s Ian Michaels made two purchases, the more expensive being Chris Hourigan’s Nethercross Sebastian (Lot 122), a seven-year-old bay gelding by Out Of Touch who has been schooled over ditches and is jumping a course of fences. For €5,900, Michaels also purchased Pauric Kelly’s traditionally bred Bella (Lot 184), a four-year-old 151cms roan filly by Ballycapple Diamond Cruise out of the Templebready Fear Bui mare Covers Temple Hill.

Co Sligo’s Tiernan Gray parted with €10,200 to secure the top-priced older mare, Lee Johnston’s five-year-old Dignified Mosstown (Lot 146) who has 11 SJI points and has jumped up to 1.10m level. The chesnut daughter of Dignified van’t Zorgvliet, who has been schooled cross-country, is out of the Boherdeal Clover mare Torboy Lady, dam previously of the Pacino gelding Latte Macchiato (CSI4*).

Top four-year-old

Co Sligo’s Felix Burke secured the top-priced four-year-old in Wednesday’s sale when going to €10,200 for Patrick Walpole’s traditionally home-bred Tullyoran Silver Flash (Lot 160). This dappled grey gelding by Fast Silver is out of the Hillviewfarm Superstar mare Tullyoran Cailin Deas who comes from the family of Direct Tullyoran Cruise (CCI4*-L).

The top price paid for a pony was €8,400 which was given by Peter and Louise Moloney for David Reilly’s Tohgherstown Casper (Lot 86), a five-year-old 148cms dun gelding who is jumping a track of fences and has been hunted with the Meaths.