A top-class selection of National Hunt’s finest foals, yearlings and breeding stock have been catalogued for this year’s Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale, which takes place from Saturday, November 5 until Thursday, November 10. The catalogue is now available to view online.
The November National Hunt Sale is the largest NH sale in the world and, as such, the format is reviewed annually based on the number of entries of yearlings, foals and mares. This year, the new format will see 111 yearlings sell from 11.00am on Saturday, November 5, followed by 1,151 foals selling from 10.00am on Sunday, November 6 through to Thursday, November 10, with 112 broodmares selling on Thursday afternoon after the foal session. Following feedback from vendors and purchasers, Tattersalls Ireland have reduced the number of foals selling daily from approximately 280 to 260, allowing the Sale to finish at an earlier time each day.
With strength, depth and diversity at every level of the market, each session of the November National Hunt Sale holds appeal, as the spread of quality lots from start to finish is notable. The yearling session kicks off the Sale with multiple siblings to black-type horses including the ‘City Light’ half-brother to Triumph Hurdle winner ‘Burning Victory’; the ‘Sea Moon’ half-brother to dual Grade 1 winner ‘The Storyteller’ and the ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ half-brother to Grade 1 winner ‘Foxy Jacks’. Yearlings out of black-type mares feature prominently, including the ‘Crystal Ocean’ daughter of Grade 1 placed and Listed winning ‘Polly Peachum’ and the ‘Telescope’ son of dual Grade 3 winner ‘Tally Em Up’.
The cream of the National Hunt foal crop will be offered from Sunday, featuring 133 foals out of black-type dams, 113 siblings to black-type horses and 29 siblings to Grade 1 performers. Amongst the many highlights include Grade 1 winners ‘Benie Des Dieux’ and ‘Colreevy’s’ first foals by ‘Walk In The Park’; the ‘Yeats’ full brother to dual winner of the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle, ‘Flooring Porter’; as well as a ‘Milan’ half-brother to ‘Waiting Patiently’ and ‘MCFabulous’. Other Grade 1 performers whose siblings are represented across the five-day foal sessions include ‘Ballycasey’, ‘Cabaret Queen’, ‘Champ’, ‘Hewick’, ‘Minella Cocooner’, ‘Relegate’, ‘Stattler’, ‘Summerville Boy’, ‘The Shunter’, ‘Zanahiyr’ and more.
The catalogue boasts an impressive sire profile headed by ‘Affinisea’, ‘Blue Bresil’, ‘Capri’, ‘Crystal Ocean’, ‘Elusive Pimpernel’, ‘Getaway’, ‘Harzand’, ‘Highland Reel’, ‘Jet Away’, ‘Jukebox Jury’, ‘Mahler’, ‘Malinas’, ‘Maxios’, ‘Milan’, ‘No Risk At All’, ‘Order Of St. George’, ‘Poet’s Word’, ‘Shirocco’, ‘Sholokhov’, ‘Soldier Of Fortune’, ‘Success Days’, ‘Telescope’, ‘Vadamos’, ‘Walk In The Park’, ‘Westerner’, ‘Wings Of Eagles’, ‘Yeats’ and more.
Quoted as being ‘The Derby Sale for foals’, the November National Hunt Sale has proved to be a profitable hunting ground for pinhookers, with the 2022 Store season seeing several impressive touches. At the Derby Sale examples included a €43,000 foal that developed into a €220,000 Store; €20,000 that evolved into €130,000; and €9,200 to €92,000 to name just a few.
The November National Hunt Sale graduates also deliver in style on the racecourse and Grade 1 success follows. Headed by catalogue cover star ‘Constitution Hill’, who landed the Grade 1 Tolworth Chase at Sandown before following up with an emphatic victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival; other recent Grade 1 graduates of the November National Hunt Sale include the unbeaten Albert Bartlett winner ‘The Nice Guy’, who went on to win his second Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival; while his runner-up ‘Minella Cocooner’ scored Grade 1 spoils at the Dublin Racing Festival earlier in the season. Irish Gold Cup winner ‘Conflated’ and Mersey Novice Hurdle winner ‘Three Stripe Life’ also changed hands at the November National Hunt Sale as foals.
Leading consignors have once again supported the penultimate afternoon with top quality breeding stock including drafts from Ballincurrig Stud, Ballyreddin Stud, Baroda Stud, Bishopstown Stud, Boardsmill Stud, Castledillon Stud, Closutton Stables, Goldford Stud, Hobby Horse Stud, Martinstown Stud, Railstown Stud, Springfield Stud, Sunnyhill Stud and more. A number of mares catalogued are black-type performers themselves, as well as several who have produced black-type individuals. Some of the highlights include the dam of Grade 1 winner ‘Allmankind’, who is in foal to ‘Jet Away’; an own sister to ‘Rubi Ball’ and ‘Quecy De Chadzeau’ covered by ‘Mirage Dancer’, as well as ‘Arizona Flyer’, in foal to ‘Blue Bresil’, who is half-sister to Grade 1 winner ‘Tornado Flyer’.
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