Low-key trade for September Sale closer

Tattersalls Ireland: expanded Part II session saw turnover of €1,868,400

PICTURE: Zoe Vicarage Low-key trade during September Sale closer
By Aisling Crowe 6:46PM 23 SEP 2016

TRADE was on the quiet side during the second session of Part II of the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale, besides a ten-minute spell before lunchtime in which the day's two priciest lots went through the ring.

John Hussey almost gave up as the price crept higher for a daughter of Acclamation out of Sister Red, but he thought better of it and was rewarded for his perseverance when securing the Cooneen Stud-consigned filly at €46,000.

"I had to spend more than I planned but she had an awful lot going for her and I thought she was the nicest filly in this part of the sale. She is one for the breeze-ups," Hussey said of the filly, who descends from a Cheveley Park family.

It was Hussey's second purchase of the week, having bought a daughter of freshman sire Bated Breath for €72,000 during the first part of the four-day sale.

"The Bated Breath filly will be going into training with Willie McCreery. I tend to only buy fillies as you can't go wrong with a nice one," he added.

Hussey's latest purchase is the third foal out of the Diamond Green mare Sister Red, a winning juvenile. Her two-year-old filly by Dark Angel, named Miss Laila, is in training with Richard Hughes and won a 7f maiden at Chepstow earlier in the month.

Sister Red's granddam Red Azalea is a half-sister to Red Camellia, Britain's joint-champion two-year-old filly of 1996 and the dam of Group 1 winner Red Bloom.

Murphy keeps it in the family

Trainer Joseph Murphy has also enjoyed success with a descendant of Red Camellia in her Zoffany granddaughter Camellia Japonica, and it was his experience with that filly which piqued his interest in another daughter of the champion first-season sire on Friday.

Murphy trains the filly's unraced two-year-old Kodiac half-brother, and given the handler holds that colt in high regard he was determined to secure the Owenstown Stud-consigned filly.

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Signing as Crampscastle Bloodstock, Murphy was forced to go to €35,000 by underbidder Federico Barberini for the filly, who is out of the winning Silver Hawk mare Silver Tide.

"We have the half-brother and we like him. I looked at this filly and thought she was a nice horse too. Camellia Japonica has won for us this season and she's a daughter of Zoffany, so the sire was another angle for us," Murphy added.

The filly descends from the family of dual Classic winner Mysterious.

Walsh wades in for Kyllachy filly

Katie Walsh spent €24,000 on the session's third-top lot, a daughter of Kyllachy out of a winning Invincible Spirit mare.

"She looks like a quality breezer and she's a nice filly by a good sire. I had a bit of luck with a Kyllachy horse last year and the dam is by a very nice sire," said Walsh of her third purchase of the week.

The filly is the second foal out of Thinking Spirit, a granddaughter of Group 2 May Hill Stakes winner Midnight Air. Midnight Air's half-sister is Shadow Song, the dam of Group/Grade 1 winners Together and Jan Vermeer.

It was a good result for her consignors Careg-Wen Stables as the filly had cost Five Star Bloodstock just 1,500gns at Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

O'Callaghan delegates

The most expensive colt of the day was sold in the last hour of the marathon sale, with Tally-Ho Stud's Roger O'Callaghan going to €26,000 for son of first-season sire Delegator.

A half-brother to multiple winner Love Tale, the colt will join the team of Tally-Ho breezers for next year.

"I've waited all day for him," said O'Callaghan. "He's a nice colt by Delegator, who's made a good start as a stallion. That's one of the main reasons I was interested in him. Dad [Tony O'Callaghan] owned the fourth dam The Bungalow, so he's from a family we know."

Fallen figures

The clearance rate for the session was just 59 per cent, with 121 of the 206 lots offered selling for a turnover of €750,000. The median was €4,500 with an average price of €6,198.

Despite an increase of 97 per cent in the number of horses catalogued for the two days of Part II, both the median and average values for the sale as a whole showed significant drops from figures recorded during the one-day renwal in 2015.

The median dropped from €7,000 to €5,000, a decrease of 29 per cent, and the average dipped by 22 per cent to €6,998.

The clearance rates for Part II fell to 65 per cent from 86 per cent in 2015. The total turnover for the expanded Part II came in at €1,868,400.

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