Kayf Tara colt steals the show at Tatts Ireland

The session-topping son of Kayf Tara draws admiring looks

PICTURE: Tattersalls Ireland Kayf Tara colt steals the show at Tatts Ireland
By Aisling Crowe at Fairyhouse 9:20PM 8 NOV 2016

TRADE picked up several gears on the third day of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale on Tuesday with several turbo charged bursts of selling activity.

Eight foals made €50,000 or higher with Kayf Tara, Flemensfirth and Milan all having two sons each in the top ten.

Overbury Stud's scion Kayf Tara was responsible for the top lot on Tuesday when Aiden Murphy went to €65,000 to secure a colt foal after a prolonged bidding war with Ben Case.

An April foal, he is the third foal out of the Listed-winning hurdler Whoops A Daisy whose first-born, a three-year-old filly by Presenting named Angel Of Harlem is in training with Mark Bradstock.

"He's by a top sire and out of a high-class racemare," Murphy said of his purchase. "He's a very good foal and ticked all the boxes. He has been bought with a view to coming back here as a three-year-old."

Case not denied this time

The Kenilworth House Stud draft dominated the late trade on Tuesday evening with a high quality draft of foals. Ben Case, who was underbidder on the top lot made sure that he was not going to be denied for a son of Shantou from the renowned Tipperary farm.

His purchase comes from one of the nursery's best families as his dam Vindonissa is a Definite Article half-sister to the six-time Grade 1-winning chaser Carlingford Lough, famous as the horse who gave AP McCoy his solitary victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup after announcing his retirement.

She is also a half-sister to the Paul Nicholls' pair of Grade 1 winner Thisthatandtother and to the multiple Graded winner The Tother One.

Vindonissa has a five-year-old Kalanisi gelding called Krugermac, a bumper winner for Gary Moore at Ascot last December. The foal's year younger brother, Waterloo Warrior, was second in a maiden hurdle at Chepstow last Wednesday for trainer Colin Tizzard.

"He's been bought for Lady Jane Grosvenor and he will probably come back here for the Derby Sale as a three-year-old," Case said. "He's a lovely sort by a sire that gets good horses over a variety of trips."

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One lot prior to his sale, another Kenilworth House Stud offering created a stir among the crowds of bidders crammed in around the entrance to the sales ring for a colt by Califet out of Quaspia, a winner on the Flat and over hurdles in France.

It is a family that is quite familiar to racegoers in Ireland and the UK with Notre Pere, Parrain and Osana all on the page and it was Richard Rohan of Ballincurrig House Stud who was forced to go to €58,000 to secure the brown colt.

"He's been bought for Nigel Collison, a client of Ballincurrig House Stud," Rohan confirmed. "He was one of the outstanding foals of the day and he looks like a real racehorse. It isn't definite that he will be offered for resale, he could go into training when the time comes."

Mill House Stud's Kayf Tara the early leader

For a time, a colt out of the Listed-winning hurdler Oligarch Society was not just the highest priced Kayf Tara lot of the day, he was the most expensive foal sold on Tuesday having been bought by Richard Frisby for €58,000.

Consigned by Mill House Stud and similar to the top lot, he too was out of a talented racemare and his dam has some very successful siblings.

Oligarch Society herself is a half-sister to Irish Grand National hero Thunder And Roses, multiple Graded winner Shirley Casper and Wrath Of Titans, successful in the Kerry National at Listowel. Her Presenting gelding, named Brahma Bull, is in training with Willie Mullins.

Frisby said: "He was a good-looking colt and he has a great pedigree, by a very good sire. You will probably see him back here for sale as a three-year-old."

The sale capped an excellent day for Overbury Stud's son of Sadler's Wells as eight foals by Kayf Tara were sold for an average of €42,250 with seven of them making at least €40,000 each.

Flemensfirth continues to be popular

Flemensfirth had been flavour of the day with buyers on Monday and he was popular again on Tuesday with two sons by Beeches Stud's behemoth making €56,000 apiece.

The first of these was the son of a very talented mare as Kevin Ross bought the fourth foal out of the Grade 2-winning hurdler and Grade 3-winning chaser Askanna, who is out of a half-sister to Henrietta Knight's talented chaser Racing Demon.

The colt was consigned by Peter Nolan Bloodstock.

"He's a young foal but a lovely foal and he has a proper pedigree and a lovely attitude, you couldn't fault him. He will come back here for the Derby Sale in the future," Ross added.

The second Flemensfirth foal to make €56,000 was from the first few Kenilworth House Stud foals through the ring and again, Richard Rohan of Ballincurrig House Stud was the successful bidder, seeing off Norman Williamson to secure the son out of the Mohaajir mare Shuil A Hocht.

A winning hurdler, who is a half-sister to The Outlier, Shuil A Hocht hails from the family of Liss A Paoraigh, Blazing Liss and Irish Hussar. Her first foal, the winning chaser Space Cadet, is a brother to Rohan's purchase and is in training with Gordon Elliott.

Shuil A Hocht's Kalanisi gelding named Jot'em Down, won his bumper for Simon Hunt earlier this year and her three-year-old gelding by Presenting made €61,000 at this year's Goffs Land Rover Sale.

The sale of the pair helped Flemensfirth to record an average of €31,450 for ten foals and he was the sire of the most expensive filly of the day, a sister to the Grade 2-winning hurdler Three Musketeers from the family of Strong Flow.

John Collins of Brown Island Stables paid €38,000 for the bay filly consigned by Bruce MacTaggart.

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