WELL-BRED National Hunt fillies led the way at the inaugural July Store Sale at Tattersalls Ireland, which saw solid trade throughout the one-day session.
They were bought both as racing prospects, with broodmare duties the long-term aim and it was a daughter of former champion NH sire ‘Flemensfirth’ (Lot 325), who claimed the top price of €50,000.
“She has been bought as a racing and breeding prospect on behalf of Niall Flynn and his family,” explained purchaser, Michael Tobin. “She is a lovely model with a good mind, a good ‘Flemensfirth’. The pedigree speaks for itself and the first dam is still breeding, so there is more to come, hopefully. A trainer has not yet been decided.”
Sold by Sunnyhill Stud, the filly is out of ‘Princess Gaia’ (‘King’s Theatre’), an own-sister to Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (G1) winner ‘Voler La Vedette’. ‘Princess Gaia’ is also a half-sister to ‘Hennessy’, winner of the Gold Cup Handicap Chase (G3) at Sandown, and to the dam of ‘Shishkin’, the dual Grade 1 Festival winner of the Supreme Novices Hurdle and the Arkle Challenge Trophy.
Lot 284, a three-year-old daughter of ‘Saint Des Saints’, created interest all around the sale ring, but it was agent Matt Coleman who was successful at €45,000.
“She is for Semore Kurdi, who is based in the north of England. She will go back to the farm and be turned out for a year before coming in to be broken,” said Coleman of plans for the Springhill Stud-consigned April-born first foal out of ‘Milanteea’ (‘Milan’).
“Semore was particularly after a ‘Saint Des Saints’ filly to race and then breed from and this is a lovely, good moving, racy filly. Her dam is a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner ‘Identity Thief’, and ‘Saint Des Saints’ is a phenomenal sire and is a very good broodmare sire, too,” added Coleman.
The session’s most expensive gelding was consigned by Boardsmill Stud and bought by Colin Bowe’s Milestone Bloodstock as a point-to-point resale prospect (Lot 312). The son of ‘Crillon’ cost his new connections €43,000.
“I have had two by the sire and they have both been very lucky for me,” said Bowe of the gelding already named ‘I Will Be Baie’. “They are not making ‘Crillons’ anymore, so let’s hope this lad goes on okay.”
Commenting on the July Store Sale, Tattersalls Ireland CEO Simon Kerins said: “It was a shame that the new July Store Sale didn’t get to take place on its original date, but we are very pleased with the trade that has been achieved throughout the day and we would like to thank all vendors and purchasers for their participation. It has been encouraging to see so many people descend on Fairyhouse and to see strong demand with a clearance rate of 68% and some good prices.
“We firmly beleive that this sale has a big future, and we look forward to following our graduates on the track as they fly the flag for the July Store Sale.”