Buyers fight over Kayf Tara son at Fairyhouse

Gordon Elliott: winning bidder on the gelding named Master Of Tara

PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos) Buyers fight over Kayf Tara son at Fairyhouse By Ryan McElligott 1:14PM 10 AUG 2016

A €75,000 SON of Kayf Tara has emerged as the clear standout at this year's Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale after selling to Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Gordon Elliott on Wednesday.

Already named Master Of Tara, the Ballincurrig House Stud offering (Lot 387) attracted quite a large following into the auditorium and it was clear that he was in some demand when the bidding kicked off at €20,000.

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Tom Malone, leading owner Trevor Hemmings and Aiden Murphy all bid over €60,000 on the gelding but they had to give best to Elliott, whose purchase is the second produce of a half-sister to the Group 3 Prix Eclipse heroine Top Shape.

On what would already appear to be a livelier day's trade than Tuesday's opening session, trainer Peter Bowen had to go to €42,000 to secure a well-bred son of Beat Hollow (Lot 396) from Limekiln Stud.

The attractive grandson of Sadler's Wells is a half-brother to the Listed-winning chaser and Celebration Chase runner-up Pepite Rose.

Earlier in the day Tom Malone paid €38,000 to secure a Milan gelding (Lot 340) belonging to Jean Cullen. The three-year-old is a brother to the promising pointer Templenaboe, whom Malone purchased on behalf of Lucinda Rusell after he made a winning debut for Colin Bowe in a Ballynoe point-to-point earlier this year.

A Doyen half-brother to the hugely popular Balthazar King came within touch distance of the €75,000 sale topper before eventually falling to Aiden Murphy for €62,000.

The Sunnyhill Stud-consigned gelding, who had to miss the Derby Sale, was widely expected to play a leading role at the August Sale and he did not disappoint, with Murphy having to fend off a host of would be purchasers for the half-brother to the top-class cross-country performer and Grand National second.

In addition, the gelding's other siblings include the useful winners Wicked Spice and For Good Measure along with the promising point-to-pointer Minella Rebellion.

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