Elliott has final say on 75,000 Kayf Tara son

The in-demand Kayf Tara gelding knocked down to Gordon Elliott

PICTURE: Tattersalls Ireland Elliott has final say on €75,000 Kayf Tara son By Ryan McElligott 9:28PM 10 AUG 2016

A BETTER day’s trade during the second and concluding session of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale produced the week’s standout lot, a €75,000 son of Kayf Tara.

After getting off to a decidedly subdued beginning on Tuesday, the sale picked up yesterday and this was amply illustrated by the top lot, who was showing a good return on the €26,000 he cost as a foal at the Goffs December National Hunt Sale. From Ballincurrig House Stud, the gelding had missed his intended date at the Land Rover Sale two months ago but he was well worth waiting for.

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Bidding for him opened at €20,000 and Tom Malone, Aiden Murphy and owner Trevor Hemmings were all doing battle for the relation to the French Group 3 winner Top Shade. However, they all had to give best when trainer Gordon Elliott brought the price to €75,000.

“He’s a very good looking horse who has a lot going for him and he comes from a good dual-purpose family,” said Elliott. “He’s been bought for an existing owner and we’ll just take our time and decide in due course what route we take with him.”

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Another King
Although he missed out on the top lot, Murphy did secure another choice lot when going to €62,000 for Sunnyhill Stud’s Doyen half-brother to the hugely popular Balthazar King. A kingpin of the cross-country scene for several seasons and also a runner-up in the Grand National, Balthazar King won 16 races having initially cost Murphy €110,000 in 2007.

“This horse is a nice type from a good family,” said Murphy “He’s different to Balthazar King in that he’s taller and has more scope.

“Hopefully he’ll give his owners half as much fun as Balthazar King did. He’s been bought for Russell and Lesley Field, who own Duke Of Lucca and were involved in Primitivo, who won at Royal Ascot this year.”

Hollow for Bowen
Peter Bowen picked up one of the best bred three-year-olds on offer when he paid €42,000 for a son of Beat Hollow from Limekiln Stud. The gelding is a half-brother to the Celebration Chase runner-up Pepite Rose and the useful Velocity Boy.

“He’s a proper chasing type by a good stallion,” reflected Bowen. “He’s been bought for John Andrews, who has a few in the yard with us and we bought one for him yesterday as well.”

More Marienbard magic
Neil King already has a decent son of Marienbard on his hands in Big Meadow and, acting through agent Matt Coleman, he picked up another son of the Arc hero when giving €38,000 for a half-brother to the Grade 2-placed Blakemount.

“Neil and I bought Big Meadow at the Cheltenham Sale in November after he won his point-to-point at Maralin and he was very impressive in winning his bumper first time out,” reported Coleman. “This horse is a nice type and the mare has already produced a couple of decent horses.”

At its conclusion the sale posted an aggregate of just over €3 million, which was an 18 percent decline on 2015. The average of €8,291 fell by ten points while the €5,000 median dropped by eleven percent. The clearance rate witnessed a decline of two points as it came in at 67 percent.

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