STRONG pre-sale interest in the Sligo Candy Boy mare ‘Candy’ translated into the five-year-old making the sale’s top price at Mullingar last Saturday.

When the bay Irish Sport Horse (Lot 52) came under the hammer in the Co Westmeath ring, there was a bid in already for €8,000 and, with plenty of online activity, the price quickly rose to €11,900. At this stage, the mare was knocked down to the absent Barbara Miles from Devon who has purchased previously at the venue.