Kapgarde son tops first day of August NH Sale

The session-topping son of Kapgarde who will be trained by Nicky Richards

Griffin secures standout €52,000 son of Kapgarde
By Ryan McElligott at Fairyhouse 9:25PM 9 AUG 2016

A €52,000 SON of Kapgarde topped the first day of the two-day Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale on Tuesday during a low-key opening session.

The first instalment of this year's sale, which has been compressed into two days, played host to a muted and selective level of trade with the clear standout being the son of Kapgarde who was making up for missing his engagement at the Derby Sale here in June.

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The Mocklershill-consigned French-bred is out of a useful four-time winner in France and he attracted plenty of interest before the hammer came down in favour of Gerry Griffin, who has long been one of the foremost purchasers at this sale.

"He's been bought to go to Nicky Richards and he's for an existing client of the yard. These nice ones are hard to buy," said Griffin.

"He's a nice type and we've bought just the one by the sire before and he turned out well. He won first time out for Nicky before being sold on to Dan Skelton and let's hope this one is as lucky."

The horse Griffin was referring to was Betameche, who is two from two in bumpers.

Kapgarde in demand

Kapgarde, who numbers the likes of Garde La Victoire and Ubak amongst his high-profile runners in Britain, was also responsible for a gelding from Dick Frisby's Glenwood Stud who fetched €35,000.

A €27,000 yearling purchase in France, the gelding is out of a useful dual-purpose mare and he was bought by leading point-to-point handler Denis Murphy.

"He's a good, correct type and has plenty going for him," said Murphy.

"I haven't had one by the sire before, but they sell well and they are well able to run too."

Murphy, who consigns under the Ballyboy Stables banner, supplied several high-profile lots at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sale this year, while his notable graduates on the track last season included the high-class mare Jessber's Dream, who recently topped the Goffs UK August Sale at £190,000.

A Milan three-year-old offered by Parkville Stud who also missed his Derby Sale engagement was snapped up by Margaret O'Toole for €35,000. He comes from the family of the brilliant Buck House, while his more immediate relations include Gordon Elliott's high-class chaser Jessies Dream.

"He's a nice, good moving horse from a good-quality jumping family and let's hope he's one to look forward to," said the agent, whose purchase is likely to remain in Ireland to go into training.

Order filled

Trainer Seamus Mullins filled a long-standing order when he outlasted Tom Malone and Liz Doyle for a son of Martaline who cost €32,000.

The grey was sold by Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables and he was providing his connections with a relatively quick return having been picked up for €18,000 as a two-year-old.

"He's been bought for an existing client of the yard, Dr Miller, who loves a grey. He was the first horse I saw here yesterday morning and I was impressed by him and I was pleased to be able to get him," said Mullins.

Over thirty

Over the course of the day just two others breached the €30,000 barrier and the first of those was a four-year-old son of Shantou. He was making his first visit to a sales ring and cost Richard Black €34,000.

At the very end of the day a representative of Five Star Bloodstock forked out €31,000 for a son of the outstanding international campaigner Apple Tree whose family goes back to Iris's Gift.

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