Flemensfirth foals all the rage at Fairyhouse

The Flemensfirth colt who topped the opening foal session

PICTURE: Tattersalls Ireland Flemensfirth foals all the rage at Fairyhouse By Aisling Crowe 7:22PM 7 NOV 2016

FLEMENSFIRTH dominated the first day of foal trading at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale on Monday.

The 24-year-old stalwart sired the most expensive foal and three of the top four prices were given for sons of the Beeches Stud stallion.

Four foals conceived on a €10,000 covering fee were catalogued by Flemensfirth in the session and they sold for a total of €166,000 and an average of €41,500.

Gearoid Costelloe and Carl Hinchy bought the most expensive Flemensfirth foal of the day, going to €58,000 for a colt out of the Supreme Leader mare Sleepless Eye. She is the dam of three winners from three foals to race including Foryourinformation, who was the main reason Costelloe and Hinchy were determined to buy the foal.

"I bought his half-brother [owned by Hinchy, in whose colours this colt will race] and he was a very good horse – we thought he would be a Grade 1 chaser before he died so we did not want to lose this one," Costelloe explained. "He is an outstanding foal and the nicest one here today."

Aiden Murphy bought both the second and third most expensive Flemensfirth foals to change hands on Monday.

The first was out of the Kayf Tara mare Glenside Tara and was knocked down to him for €55,000.

The April-born colt hails from a family Murphy is well acquainted with. He paid €95,000 for Cheltenham Festival winner Diamond King, a half-brother to Glenside Tara, at the 2011 Derby Sale and the eight-year-old is a promising novice chaser for Gordon Elliott and Diana Whateley.

Not that the foal needed it, but the pedigree received a further boost an hour before he walked into the sales ring as Just Minded, a full-brother to his dam, won a bumper at Carlisle for trainer Sue Smith.

Murphy had to go to €45,000 to secure a son of Flemensfirth out of the unraced Bollin Eric mare Jerica. Consigned by Thistletown Stud, the colt is from the family of RSA Chase winner O'Faolain's Boy and Oscara Dara.

"All of the foals have been bought to come back as three-year-olds for resale," Murphy confirmed. "I try to buy quality foals at the top end of the market and the two Flemensfirth colts were the nicest foals here today. They are lovely, easy movers and the sire is top-class."

Fame And Glory foal in favour

The most expensive Fame And Glory foal of the day was also bought by Murphy and will be back for the store sales. The colt cost €40,000 and the great Sadler's Wells features heavily close up in his pedigree as his sire and dam are both by sons of the legendary stallion.

He is out of the unraced Saddlers' Hall mare Which Thistle, who is the dam of three winners including Irish Thistle and Why Not Thistle.

Monsun mania takes hold

Monsun hit the headlines last week with his third winner of the Melbourne Cup and his prowess as a sire of sires is growing so it was not surprising that demand was high for the foals by his stallion sons.

Shirocco was the most popular numerically with 18 lots by the Glenview stallion selling for a total of €289,300 with an average price of €16,072. The most expensive was a colt out of the Bob Back mare Go On Eileen who cost Trickledown Stud €52,000.

A March colt, he is a half-brother to a couple of promising horses owned by JP McManus. His King's Theatre half-brother Regal Encore is in Saturday's BetVictor Gold Cup and the Hennessy Gold Cup, while his five-year-old Alkaadhem sister The Organist has already claimed black type and could enhance her burgeoning reputation for trainer Oliver Sherwood very soon.

"He has been bought with a view to bringing him back to sell as a three-year-old but he could be raced to sell or even syndicated for racing in the future, he has got plenty of options," said a spokesman for his new owners.

"It is a lovely family and both siblings are entered up in listed and graded races, The Organist is due to run in a Listed mares' novice chase at Bangor tomorrow [Wednesday]. He looks like developing into a nice horse with the size and scope for chasing."

Clearance rate down, average up

Trade was strong during the day although the clearance rate was just 63 per cent, a decline on last year when 177 lots were sold compared to 153 on Monday.

The reduction of eight per cent in takings to €1,872,000 reflected the fact that 24 fewer foals changed hands. However both the average and median prices rose from those achieved on the second day of the 2015 sale.

The average increased six per cent to €12,235, while the median jumped even more, up 11 per cent on last year's figure to €10,000.

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