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in the clearance rate. At this sale that figure would not have been helped by an additional 66 horses entering the ring, and it slipped back from 88% in 2017 to 79% – Part 1 of the sale showed an 84% clearance, but Part 2 one of 73%. The 393 horses who found buyers – 13 more than the previous year – helped turnover rise by 11%, and those sky-high valuations at the top of the market lifted the average price by 6%, but the median fell 11%. Highflyer Bloodstock’s 17 purchases put €1,152,000 into the till (more than double the sum they spent in 2017 when also top buyer), while the remarkable Team Doyle of Monbeg Stables – noted pinhookers of horses bought to run in Irish point-to-points – reduced the number of horses they bought from 13

Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale

Two female stars, backed up by some highly-prized males, gave this sale the gloss for which the breeze-up trade had been yearning, but the figures continued the tale of downturn in this sector of the market. A combination of consignor Katie Walsh – whose riding career had been brought to a close a few weeks earlier – and a Frankel filly she had prepped for the breeze, proved potent after the two-year-old recorded a fast time, with the result that she made €315,000 in the ring. That was easily a record for this one-day event, and was created by agent Stephen Hillen, who brought the

TALKING POINTS • Tom Lacey is Britain’s leading exponent of the art of buying a store, racing it once or twice – usually in point-to-points – and then reoffering it to the market. His successes this year include Larkhill winner Interconnected, who at Cheltenham made £220,000, a UK record for a pointer at auction – no less pleasingly his former inmate, Blackbow, became one of the season’s leading bumper horses at Willie Mullins’ stable. Herefordshire-based Lacey is not resting on such results, judging by his purchase at the Land Rover Sale of a Presenting gelding for €80,000 – a figure few jump pinhookers would rise to – and a son of Stowaway for €52,000. It might not be long before Lacey takes one to Cheltenham or Aintree and tops the sale. His lead has encouraged other UK-based players to try their luck, not least jockey Charlie Poste and his partner Fran Nimmo – they bought three at the sale, investing a total of €68,000 on sons of Presenting, Court Cave and Maresca Sorrento. to 12, but increased their average spend by €10,000 to one of €42,833. Ireland’s champion point-to-point trainer, Colin Bowe, was also in fighting form, gaining seven at an average of €42,286. Michael Moore’s Ballincurrig House

Stud had the biggest draft and duly headed consignors, selling 13 lots for €589,000, while Richard and Sally Aston’s Goldford Stud proved the pick of UK vendors, trading three horses for €225,000.

hammer down for an unnamed client. Hillen was in good form during the breeze-up season, not least when landing the 900,000gns top lot – Legends Of War, a subsequent winner for Qatar Racing – at the Craven Sale. Slade Power’s first foals and yearlings achieved high marks, and his breezers have been generally well received, too. A colt by the Darley sire made €220,000 when leaving Norman Williamson’s Oak Tree Farm bound for trainer Michael O’Callaghan, while any Scat Daddy horse is likely to prove popular – he hardly needed Justify to win the US Triple Crown to boost his appeal – and a filly by the late sire

made €200,000 to a bid from John Lenihan. In common with other 2018 sales of this type the figures fell, but vendors had seen the warning signs at other auctions, set reserves accordingly, and the clearance rate of 83% was only marginally below that of the previous year. However, turnover fell 17%, the average by 14% and the median by 24%. BBA Ireland led purchasers, gaining nine horses for a spend of €685,000, while Tally-Ho Stud’s 19-strong draft resulted in 17 sales for an aggregate of €693,000, ensuring it held on to leading vendor honours.

Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale Top lots Sex/Breeding


F Frankel - Vital Statistics (Indian Ridge)

Greenhills Farm


C Slade Power - Tallulah Bell (Gone West)

Oak Tree Farm


Michael O'Callaghan

F Bated Breath - Hurry Home Hillary (Deputed Testamony)

Greenhills Farm


BBA Ireland

F Scat Daddy - Akris Queen (Arch)



John Lenihan

C Exceed And Excel – Kaabari (Seeking The Gold)

Brown Island Stables


De Burgh Equine

C Quality Road – Rhagori (Exceed And Excel)

Mayfield Stables


Global Equine Group

C Society Rock - Deeday Bay (Brave Act)

Tally Ho Stud


BBA Ireland

F Starspangledbanner - Noisy Feet (Tapit)

Brown Island Stables


BBA Ireland

C Siyouni - Louve Rouge (Gold Away)

Grove Stud


Maura Gittins

C No Nay Never - Laber Ildut (Whipper)

Ardglas Stables

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Price (€)


Buyer Stephen Hillen


Rabbah Bloodstock


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