Beat Hollow colt tops final day of Sportsman’s

Goffs: will review the format of the Sportsman's Sale

PICTURE: RP GRAPHICS Beat Hollow colt tops final day of Sportsman's
By Aisling Crowe at Goffs 5:32PM 30 SEP 2016

GOFFS will review the expanded format of the Sportsman's Sale after the 2016 edition continued the downward trend in sales towards the middle and lower end of the market as the problems of overproduction become a bigger worry.

The average and median dropped back to 2014 levels and clearance rates were in line with those of the 2015 foal sales, an outcome that had been expected.

Henry Beeby, group chief executive of Goffs, issued a stark warning about the continued decreases in the yearling market first noted at Doncaster, which continued through Fairyhouse and on to Goffs.

He said: "Part two returned figures in line with market expectations which should not avoid the harsh realities we flagged last autumn as clearance rates at the middle to lower end have dropped which would appear to be a direct consequence of foal crops that are rising again.

"This presents breeders and sales companies with challenges as we cannot necessarily source the numbers of buyers required to service a growing foal crop. The worrying signals of 2015 are becoming a trend that will clearly require us to review our Sportsman's format."

Creighton gets the one he was after

Daniel Creighton had waited all day, through 148 lots for the one horse he wanted to buy in the catalogue from Part two of the Sportsman's Sale at Goffs on Friday, and there was no way he was going to miss out on his chance to buy this particular yearling.

Salcey Forest Stud snapped up the only yearling by Beat Hollow, Ballylinch Stud's ace dual-purpose sire, for €62,000.

He is a half-brother to the Listed winner Asidious Alexander, who finished second in the Group 3 Prix du Calvados and third behind Toulifaut, the unbeaten daughter of Frankel who is favourite for Sunday's Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly, in the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale over course and distance earlier this month.

Creighton said: "Obviously Asidious Alexander was an attraction but the mare has produced every time and she has not been bred to the most fashionable of stallions, which makes her all the more impressive.

"This colt was the only one I was interested in today and I've waited all day for him so I hope he is worth the wait. He will probably go into training in England."

Mount Nelson filly headed early trade

The second yearling into the ring on Friday morning, a daughter of Mount Nelson, was top of the charts for much of the day at €31,000 before the Beat Hollow colt eclipsed her.

Bought by BBA Ireland, the filly was consigned by Clonmut Stables and comes from an Aga Khan cultivated family.

Out of the winning French mare Darmiana, who is a half-sister to the dam of dual Group 1 winner Almanzor, she if from the family of champion mare Darjina and Prix du Jockey Club winner Darsi.

Patrick Cooper of BBA Ireland said: "She' been bought for an American syndicate who have bought four fillies this week and they will all be going into training with Jessica Harrington."

Fillies were in demand on Friday and of the ten most expensive yearlings sold in the session, seven were fillies.

Duke Of Marmalade colt off to Malaysia

Malaysian-based trainer Danny Murphy, sitting with James Mescall who buys horses for trainer James Feane amongst others, bought the most expensive colt of the morning paying €30,000 for a son of Duke Of Marmalade.

He said: "I train in Malaysia and Singapore and I had a good horse by Duke Of Marmalade who won a few races for me so he is a sire that I have been lucky with before and he was the only one for sale by him today. He was a nice colt too and I really liked him.

"I don't know if I will bring him back to Malaysia to train myself or put him in training here with John Feane. We bought a couple earlier in the week for him, including a Dandy Man colt, and this one could join them."

"I bought her on spec," admitted trainer Michael Callaghan about his purchase of a daughter of Red Jazz for €30,000 .

"She's a lovely filly and was the standout of the day for me. She walks very well and she is very athletic. I like the stock by the stallion that I have seen so far. She may look a bit light in the book but she is out of a winning two-year-old Kodiac mare out of a Galileo mare."

BBA Ireland busy once again

BBA Ireland's agents were busy again on Friday and Eamon Reilly went to €25,000 for a filly from by the late Big Bad Bob from the renowned nursery of Owenstown Stud.

She comes from one of John Tuthill's, her breeder, most active and developing young families as her dam Grecian Artisan is an unraced Mastercraftsman half-sister to the Listed winner and the Group-placed Choose Me. She is the dam of Persuasive, runner-up in the Group 1 Matron Stakes earlier this month and won at Royal Ascot for John Gosden and Cheveley Park Stud in June.

Reilly said: "This was a lovely filly from a very, very current family. She has been bought for a Dublin-based client and goes into training in Ireland."

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