THE sport horse equivalent of the thoroughbred store sales, week two at Goresbridge focuses on the three-year-olds. An important date in the calendar for pinhookers and private buyers alike, and as of course a benchmark for the subsequent foal sales, trade over the three days is likely to be lively.

A strong catalogue features blacktype pedigrees in abundance, both for the show jumping and eventing disciplines.

Standing out among those forward is a close maternal relative to the Rome Grand Prix winner Zigali, as well others from the immediate families of the Grand Prix jumpers Solerina and Rincarina, On the event front, there is a gelding from the maternal family of several five-star horses, including the Andrew Nicholson-ridden Armada and Nereo.

Certainly, most of the influential sires are well represented, and heading the numerical list with a weighty 24 progeny is the Kennedy Brothers’ newcomer Vivant Van de Heffinck. The Co Wexford-based Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet is also well represented with 16 offered, while OBOS Quality and Sligo Candy Boy have 12 apiece. The thoroughbred sires also make an impact, with Pointilliste (6), Lucarelli (4), Island Commander (4) and Move To Strike (4) leading the way.


Lot 362 Otravola, reg 3yo b f 16.1hh by Van Gogh out of Utravola (Baloubet du Rouet). An exceptionally bred filly, who counts several international performers among her siblings. The most recognised of these is the sire Carbani (1.50m) as well as Mr Fuchs (1.50m) and Impossible 11 (1.40m). This stout pedigree extends to include the illustrious mare Caravola (1.60m) as a sibling to the dam. This filly is an exciting prospect for anyone looking for a horse to produce, and has obvious paddock potential.

Lot 393 Moygara Star, reg 3yo ch g 168 cms by Je T’Aime Flamenco out of Lissarina (Cruising). From one of Ireland’s renowned dam lines, this gelding is out of a full sister to the Grand Prix-winning mare Solerina (1.60m), to Rincarina (1.55m) and is a three-parts sister to Flexability (1.50m).

Lot 416 SVS Zemerald, reg 3yo b f 16hh by Emerald Van’t Ruytershof out of SVS Miss Zigali (Kigali). An attractively bred filly whose dam competed in the HSI classes as a five-year-old, and won the final of the Barnadown round. Dam is a full sister to the Nations Cup horse and Rome Grand Prix winner Zigali PS (1.60m), and a half-sibling to SVS Attraction.

Lot 437 Longstone Bahrain Captain, reg 3yo ch g 16.3hh by CC Captain Cruise out of Glenda Bahrain (Glenbar). One for the traditionalists, this gelding has enjoyed a successful showing career, counting the middle/heavyweight title at Balmoral as one of his many victories. He also carries a performance pedigree, being a half-brother to Mohill Rosetta (1.40m) who competed at the RDS in the seven-year-old classes, and to Brendan Murphy’s Shirsheen Lady Bahrain (1.30m).

Lot 443 Rosemounts Little Lion Man, reg 3yo b g 15.3hh by Jorado out of Valenca (Remo BT4). From the second crop of Jorado progeny, this homebred gelding has an interesting Spanish dam line, and is bred to perform. He is out of a half-sister to the Andrew Nicholson’s Andrea BT4 (CCI4*), while the second dam is a full sister to four CCI5* event horses including Nereo (Andrew Nicholson NZL), Armada (Oliver Townend GBR), Oplitas (Giovanni Ugolotti ITA) and Fencio (Andrew Nicholson NZL).

Lot 474 Unnamed, reg 3yo gr f 16hh by Vittorio out of Courage Princess (Courage). Another to feature the influential Courage as the dam sire and with a pedigree going back to Sky Boy, this filly is out of a half-sister to Zantus, who bred the event horse Santiago Bay (CCI5*). The latter, ridden by Gemma Stevens (Tattersall), was well placed at both Burghley and Pau.


Lot 520 Unnamed, reg 3yo b g 16.1hh by Capitol 11 out of Dream Maker (Master Imp). The Master Imp-sired dam is a half-sister to the dual Lanaken representative Cavaleve, as well as the event horse On The Edge (CCI3*). Bloodlines also include Quidam de Revel, King of Diamonds, Imperius and Jalisco B.

Lot 542 Unnamed, reg 3yo b f 16.2hh by OBOS Quality out of Rockville Star (Kings Master). A well-related half-sister to Florida Springs (150 SJI points) who is currently competing with Francis Derwin. The second dam is a half-sister to Rocklea, dam of the five-star event horse Shannondale Titan and also to the Pan Am Games gold medal-winning event horse Ballingowan Pizazz. Others in the maternal family include the British squad event horse SRS Kan Do (CCI5*).

Lot 558 Unnamed, reg 3yo b g 168 cms by HHS Cornet out of Lady Louisa (Royal Concorde). His dam is a half-sister to the event horse Capital T (CCI3*) and to the up-and-coming youngster Barrington 57 (Izzy Taylor) who is also competing at three-star level.

Lot 559 Lisdara Dubh, reg 3yo bl f 160cms by Sligo Candy Boy out of Lisdara Light Touch (Touchdown). This smartly bred filly is out of a full sister to the former Millstreet Grand Prix winner George (1.60m), ridden by Kenneth Graham. Adding depth, the second dam Solas Dubh is a full sister to Cnocnaseamre (1.60m) while also featuring in the dam line is the RDS six-year-old campaigner Lisdara Clooney and the speed derby specialist Castle Pollard.

Lot 577 Unnamed, reg 3yo b g by Ramiro B out of Woodhouse Gael (Gael Force). By the hugely commercial Ramiro B, this gelding is a half-brother to the British-based advanced event horse, MGH Regent Street (Millie Dumas).

Lot 582 Unnamed, reg 3yo b g 16.1hh by Luidam out of Mrs Quinn (by Laughtons Flight). Hailing from one of the best-known Irish pedigrees, this gelding is out of the prolific show jumping mare Mrs Quinn, and is a half-brother to CBS Khantastic (Kevin Gallagher), winner of the Breeders’ Classic five/six-year-old final at Barnadown last year.

Lot 600 Ballykealy Fan, reg 3yo gr f 166cms by Phil VD Wezelelse Heihoeve out of Ballykealy Rose (by Harlequin du Carel). By a young sire who carries Cornet Obolensky, Clinton, Mr Blue, Heartbreaker and Darco bloodlines. On the maternal side, the dam is a sibling to no less than six FEI registered horses, including the Blyth Tait-ridden WEG event horse Dassett Courage (CCI4*), the American-based Trendy Fernhill (CCI4*) and also the jumpers Electric Kiss (1.45m) and Courageous (1.40m).

Lot 630 BP Wonderwall, reg 3yo b g 16.1hh by Luidam out of BP Flight (by Ars Vivendi). From the Olympic family of Going Global, the dam is a sibling to the Breeders’ Classic-winning BP Limitless, as well as to BP Goldie and to BP First Editions. The second dam is the international mare Ballypatrick Flight (1.60m).

Lot 640 Unnamed, reg 3yo b f 16.3hh by Colandro out of Aster (by Crown Z). A half-brother to the Spanish-ridden Poison (1.40m) as well as a full brother to Kilcannon Hot Shot who realised €38,000 at the Go For Gold sale two years ago. Adding weight, the dam is a half-sister to Queen Z (1.50m).

Lot 642 Louvre, reg 3yo b g 15.3hh by Paris Blue Merelnest Z out of Ballyshan Merdiva (by Verdi). Described as an exciting prospect, this filly is a sibling to Ballyshan Hero who was placed runner-up in the HSI four-year-old class in 2021 under Madeline Allen. The dam is a sibling to the American-based Ballyshan Arkansas (1.40m) who also qualified for Lanaken as a five-year-old. Others in the maternal family include Ballyshan Bellagio (1.50m), Ballyshan La Rochelle (1.45m), the event horses Ballyshan Cooley (CCI 3*) and Ballyshan Contender (CCI 3*).


Lot 663 HVL Chiquitita reg 3yo b f 16.1hh by VDL Orestus out Highland Lady C (Cavalier Royale). By the sire of the recent RDS potential event horse champion, this filly is a sibling to Susan Fitzpatrick’s junior European jumping team partner HVL Consun (1.50m) as well as to Highland Elegance (1.35m), Cavalux (1.30m), Highland Guidam (1.30m) and Oz Royale (1.30m).

Lot 670 Ballinaguilkey Blue, reg 3yo ch g 16.3hh by Zirocco Blue out of Aidensfield Flamenco (by Je T’Aime Flamenco). By the very popular Zirocco Blue, the dam is a sibling to two graded jumpers, while the second dam is a sister to a host of top performers including HHS Charmer (1.50m). Others to feature are Royal Charmer (1.60m), Cavalier Charisma (1.50m) and Prince Cavalier (1.50m).

Lot 695 Donail Viva Annett, reg 3yo b f 16.1hh by Vivant Van De Heffinck out of Donail Bennett Belle (by Shannondale Sarco). Carrying a stout eventing pedigree, this well-related individual is out of a full sister to the high-class Woodstock Bennett (CCI5*). Ridden by Ryan Wood, Woodstock Bennett was listed for the World Equestrian Games in 2019, and won the CCI4* in Bromont.

Lot 705 Touch of Panache, reg 3yo ch g 16.2hh by Conthargos out of Faded Grandeur (by Golden Master). A full brother to the €25,000 sale-topper 12 months ago, this smart sort is the second foal of a full sister to the American-based Cillbhrid Rose (1.25m), while adding real depth, the second dam is a half-sister to Punjab (1.60m) and also to the dam of Solon (1.60m).

Lot 727 Unnamed, reg 3yo gr g 170cms by Vivant Van de Heffinck out of Russell Angel (by Russell). This very well-related gelding is out of a half-sister to the Tholm Keane-ridden jumper Future Storm (1.45m) as well as to the American-based event horse Sportsfield Candy (CCI5*) and the British campaigner Doonaveeragh Elise (CCI3*). The second dam is by Cruising.

Lot 731 Dermish Katie, reg 3yo gr f 16.1hh by Radolin out of Daytime Cruise (Cruising). Another to feature the influential Cruising, this filly is a half-sister to Hilton Up The Banner (1.40m) who is currently competing for Switzerland. A sister to the dam is Castle Rock (1.40m) as is the grade A performer Thomascourt BGS (Danielle Clarke). Dam’s breeding includes both Diamond Serpent and Cloverhill, with prominent eventing and jumping progeny appearing in number.

Michael Donohoe

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Date: September 12th-14th 2022

Week Two


Time: 11am Monday–Wednesday.

Total lots Week Two: 420 lots

Top Lot Week Two 2021: Bill Toomey’s Touch of Grandeur, three-year-old gelding by Conthargos (dam by Golden Master) €25,000.