Subdued trade at Tatts Ireland’s new sale
Alsalwa: sale-topper is believed to be in foal to Exceed And Excel
PICTURE: RP GRAPHICS Subdued day of trade at Tatts Ireland's new sale
By Aisling Crowe at Fairyhouse 7:22PM 4 NOV 2016
THE FIRST Tattersalls Ireland Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale in Fairyhouse on Friday gave the market the first chance to purchase foals by a host of new sires, and buyers were impressed with what they saw as the new boys forced their way into the top ten lots.
Top of the charts was Heeraat with the only foal catalogued by the Mickley Stud resident selling to Peter Hughes for €25,000. The colt was one of the last foals in the sale but the son of Lexington Rose still caught the attention of purchasers.
The first foal of his winning dam, he hails from the successful family of Group 1 performers Golden Silca and Silca's Sister.
Leading the way for the established sires was Footstepsinthesand whose son out of the Theatrical mare Highland Miss went to Flash Conroy for €22,000. The March-born colt is from the family of Graded stakes winners Solartic, Polemic and Cyrillic.
Yesterday's appearance in the sales ring won't be his last as Conroy already has him earmarked for the yearling sales in 2017.
"He's a very attractive colt and moves very nicely," Conroy remarked. "He's by a proven sire in Footstepsinthesand, a stallion I like a lot. The plan with him is to sell him as a yearling."
Morpheus upholds family name
The Frankel effect was felt in the Fairyhouse ring on Friday as the first foal to sell by his Oasis Dream half-brother Morpheus came under the hammer. Rockton Stud consigned the colt out of the Galileo mare River Beau who has already produced three winners.
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Successful over a mile as a three-year old, Morpheus stands at Tally-Ho Stud and it was Tony O'Callaghan of the County Westmeath farm who beat off all comers for the son of his stallion with a bid of €20,000.
Morpheus is proving popular with breeders, offering the chance to buy into a piece of the Frankel magic at a fraction of the cost.
"He's a lovely foal and he will probably be sold as a yearling or maybe he could be one for the breeze-ups, it's too soon to tell," O'Callaghan said of his purchase.
"We're pleased with how Morpheus's first foals have turned out, they're very well made and well put together. We have a few of them at home and they really are lovely.
"Frankel has done so well which makes Morpheus even more attractive. I think his progeny will be earlier types, two-year-olds probably, and we are really looking forward to seeing them in the sales ring and on the track."
O'Callaghan keeps busy
O'Callaghan bought three of the five most expensive foals, including the most expensive filly of the day, a daughter of Ballyhane Stud's Elzaam out of the winning Bertolini mare Ladytown.
A half-sister to two winners, the filly has an eye-catching page with this year's champion three-year-old colt Almanzor found under her third dam along with dual champion and multiple Group 1 winner Darjina. It is also the family of the Aga Khan's Prix du Jockey Club winner Darsi.
"She has a great pedigree and is by a sire that I like. She will probably be sold as a yearling or at the breeze-ups," O'Callaghan added.
O'Callaghan also signed for a colt by another Ballyhane sire, Dandy Man, for €20,000. The January-born colt is the first foal of Shortmile Lady, an Arcano half-sister to the Group 3 winner Indian Maiden from the family of Kentucky Derby heroine Winning Colors and Tap Dance City, winner of the Japan Cup.
Rathasker Stud has two stallions with their first foals on the ground and it was Bungle IntheJungle who broke into the top ten lots, with two colts consigned by the Kildare farm selling for €19,000.
Philip Gilligan bought the colt out of Tamaletta who is related to Grade 1 winner Fraulein while Amy Marnane signed for the colt who is the first foal out of the unraced Authorized mare Eileenlilian, a daughter of Welsh Diva.
Alsalwa grabs limelight among broodmares
A day after her yearling colt by Iffraaj was sold for €34,000 at Goffs, Alsalwa took centre stage among the selection of broodmare on offer at Fairyhouse. In a battle with Maurice Burns of Rathasker Stud, it was Gay O'Callaghan of Yeomanstown Stud who emerged victorious, claiming the daughter of Nayef for €78,000.
Consigned by her breeders Derrinstown Stud and successful twice as a three-year-old Alsalwa has produced two winners from two runners and is in foal to Exceed And Excel. She is a half-sister to Kate The Great, the dam of Eastern Impact and Miss Katie Mae, from the family of Japanese superstar Deep Impact.
Overall trade was quite lethargic with the clearance rate only 52 per cent, a worrying statistic in light of the poor clearance rates from the yearling sales earlier in the season. Just 90 of the 172 lots offered changed hands with turnover of €726,400. The average stood at €8,071 and the median value was €4,400.
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