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Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale 2018

20-August-2018
20-August-2018 12:04
in General
by Admin

There are a number of Boutique sales now which adorn the NH season, in particular at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown. Highly select in their nature and the money follows. Its all very exciting to watch as the hammer goes down on sales for horses sold in excess of 300k.

However for me, the life blood of the industry and of NH Racing still resides in the major sales houses at Goffs Uk ( Doncaster), Tattersalls Ire (Ratoath) and Goffs Ire (Kildare) from May through to November.

With so many lots it is near on impossible to review every lot so here are my top four from the sale.

Fame and Glory seems to be the name on a lot of buyers lips at the moment and along with Court Cave seems to be the rising star in the National Hunt Stallion ranks. The Tattersalls Ireland National Hunt Sale, held in 2nd week of August seemed to have its fair share of Fame and Glory stock and it was not really a suprise when lot 207 a bay gelding by Fame and Glory out of a mare that has produced 5 winners including the Crafty Butcher, appeared in the ring and even watching on the live feed from the comfort of my office, I could tell he was a cut above all that had gone before, he looked a well made individual and a good mover. He had certainly caught the eye of Matt Coleman ( Anthony Stroud Bloodstock) who saw off all bid for the gelding to land him for the sale topping 80k. 

I spoke to Matt this morning and he confirmed the horse has been bought for Clive Boultbee-Brooks and has gone to Tom Lacey. Matt told me, he had spoken to Tom lacey who is delighted with the gelding and has already been broken and ridden away. Matt has strong connections with yard and the owner, as it was himself that bought Sebastopol, also in the care of Tom Lacey, and he won the extremely competitive NHF bumper on Scottish Grand National day back in April.

High profile and prolific buyer of winning stock, Tom Malone and his assistant Nick Taylor, were busy buyers at the sale, buying three of of the top six lots.

Falco Lux, a son of Falco, went for 65k. A lovely looking bay gelding is closely related to the enigmatic Labaik, who as we all know can be somewhat difficult at the start of the race and then when he does consent to start, can go and win at the Cheltenham festival !.

Lot 223 was a bay filly by by the French Sire Saint Des Saints already named Diama. Tom went in and secured the filly for Paul Nicholls for 60k and was quoted as saying " she is the pick of the sale from the geldings and fillies for me, she was entered in the Derby Sale but didnt get there and she has a real derby sale physique, she will go to Paul Nicholls"  It may well be, in monetary terms, that Tom has a bargin here as the filly may well have cost more money had she made the stronger markets of the Derby sale.

Lot 123 is a very interesting one, and to my eye of the pedigree, I have not seen the horse in the flesh, this could turn out to be a bit of a dark horse. I just love the breeding. A bay gelding by Oscar out of a Bob Back mare, From the family of Tullow Tank, Many Clouds and prolific Hurdler Forge Meadow. A Staying, Jumping pedigree if ever there was one. Cant see it being an early type for NHF races but long term, fences and staying trips will be the order of the day. The horse has been bought for Richard Gilbert whose horses run under the Straightline Construction Ltd banner. Its my understanding that the horse will go to Brian Harding to be broken and ridden away, sometime after that a trainer will be decided. Whoever gets this lad is going to be in for a real treat in my opinion. I will keep a track of the horse and once named I shall update and notify you all and as to which yard this will be sent. Will be a future tracker horse if pedigree is anything to go by.

The Tattersall's August sale is not always one for the fancy prices that other sales in the summer attract, but its quality and its undoubted value remain a constant in fluctuating equine sale markets, lets not forget at this sale in recent years, Summerville Boy Thistlecrack and River Wylde all went throught he ring here, so there is substantial value to be had.

 

Pete Ingram  

 

 

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