Doyle snaps up Dandy Man filly for 46,000

The Dandy Man filly who topped the session at Fairyhouse on Thursday

PICTURE: RP GRAPHICS Doyle snaps up Dandy Man filly for €46,000
By Aisling Crowe in Fairyhouse 7:47PM 22 SEP 2016

THE Doyle father-and-son team has mined a rich seam at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale over the years, striking gold on a number of occasions.

They will be hoping history can repeat itself after Ross Doyle signed for the two most expensive lots on the first day of Part II of the auction on Thursday.

Doyle parted with €46,000 for the day's top lot, a daughter of Ballyhane Stud resident Dandy Man who was offered in the latter stages of the first session.

A half-sister to a pair of winners, she is from the family of Group performers Imperial Monarch, Mount Athos and Derby runner-up The Great Gatsby.

"I bought her on spec," Doyle said. "She's a very nice filly with good size about her. She's typical of Dandy Man as she has plenty of strength. She has a great attitude and she moves really well."

With such an illustrious pedigree, she may well be a potential broodmare but before thoughts turns to that, she has a racing career ahead of her.

"She has a nice pedigree and if she does it on the track then she would make a good broodmare but she was the most important part of the equation. She'll go to Richard Hannon but I don't have an owner for her yet."

Larchmont Lad, winner of the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, is the most recent Group performer bought by the Doyles from this sale.

The son of Footstepsinthesand was purchased by the agents for €110,000 at last year's sale. His trainer, Richard Hannon, publically declared Larchmony Lad a horse for next year's 2,000 Guineas after the race.

Colt brings back memories

Arakan was responsible for the second highest price of the day with Doyle paying €40,000 for a son of the Ballyhane Stud sire, a stallion who the agents have enjoyed success in the past with through the likes of Group 1 hero Dick Turpin and Group 2 scorer Trumpet Major.

Ardreigh Stud's colt had a similar build and look to both of those Doyle success stories for Richard Hannon snr, and this yearling will be trained by his son Richard.

The fourth foal out of the winning Oasis Dream mare Gassal, the colt is from the family of Promptly and Racing Post Trophy runner-up Fantastic View.

"We've been very lucky with Arakan horses over the years and this is another big bay colt by Arakan. He's like Trumpet Major in his physical make-up and being out of an Oasis Dream mare is a big bonus. He was produced very well too," said Ross Doyle.

Laurel Stables Pimpernel snapped up by O'Ryan

Aidan O'Ryan went to €31,000 to secure the third highest price of the day, an Elusive Pimpernel colt consigned by Laurel Stables

His dam is the winning Lomitas mare Love Knot and he is a half-brother to ten-time winner Tio Luis. Love Knot is a half-sister to Grade 2-winning hurdler Sweetheart and Listed scorer Playfellow.

It was an excellent sale for vendor Laurel Stables who picked him up for just €4,500 at the 2015 Goffs November Foal Sale.

"He'll probably be gelded as I think he'll make up into a dual-purpose horse," said O'Ryan. "I thought he was an outstanding colt, a great looking horse and by far the nicest horse today."

Figures for Part II, which has been spread over two days this year, showed declines with the median dropping by 21 per cent to €5,500 and the average decreasing 14 per cent from €8,990 to €7,711. Turnover declined 32 per cent from 2015's total sales figure of €1,636,200 to €1,116,400.

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