Following a terrific autumn of selling, pinhookers Michael and Laurence Gleeson of Aughamore Stud were back reinvesting on Tuesday, notably when going to €120,000 with Matt Houldsworth for a Camelot colt sold by Stanley Lodge.
It was at this sale last year that the Aughamore – Houldsworth team paid €50,000 for a Mastercraftsman colt from the same stud who later blossomed into a 150,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2 yearling. Naturally, the brothers are hoping that lightning is going to strike twice.
“He comes from a good farm,” said Michael Gleeson. “We’ve had a brilliant year of selling – we had a very good result with a Mastercraftsman colt that we bought off Stanley Lodge out of this sale last year – and we’re trying to do the same this year.
“We’re big fans of the stallion and we thought that he was an outstanding individual.”
The colt was bred by John Kennedy out of Lady Magdala, a Teofilo half-sister to Zetland Stakes winner Max Vega and the stakes-placed pair Camphor and Quickstep Girl.
Shadwell horses in demand
The day had started with a bang thanks to the second lot through the ring, a son of Exceed And Excel for whom Tony O’Callaghan’s Tally-Ho Stud paid €130,000.
Part of a cluster of horse sent through this sale by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Shadwell Estates, which are in the midst of a reorganisation following the death of its principal Sheikh Hamdan, the colt in question is the third foal out of the Listed-placed Ejaazah, an Acclamation daughter of high-class two-year-old English Ballet.
His half-brother, Elsals, ran a good third on debut at York for Richard Hannon last month and subsequently sold to Kevin Philippart de Foy for 140,000gns at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale.
Tally-Ho’s haul also included a pair of €80,000 colts, both of whom boast ties to the stud. The first was a Starspangledbanner colt from the Irish National Stud who is related to recent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf runner-up Malavath, herself bred and sold as a yearling by Tally-Ho. He was later followed a son of the stud’s first-crop stallion Inns Of Court, a half-brother to this season’s Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Gubbass sold by Ringfort Stud on behalf of breeder Tom Lacy.
Gay O’Callaghan’s Yeomanstown Stud also enjoyed a productive day as the purchaser of €513,000 worth of stock.
They were led by a first-crop son of Advertise, for whom the stud struck a winning bid of €98,000. The colt was bred by A & N Bloodstock out of True To Love, an unraced Es Que Love half-sister to Futurity Stakes winner Bintalreef.
Yeomanstown also came away with a Zoustar colt out of Field Of Stars, a winning Acclamation relation to champion two-year-old Superstar Leo. At €90,000, he provided yet another good result for his breeder Airlie Stud.
Advertise and Inns Of Court weren’t the only young sires to enjoy a big result on Tuesday.
Foals by Coolmore’s Ten Sovereigns and Magna Grecia each made the top ten, and in both instances courtesy of pinhookers John Cullinan and Roger Marley, signing as JR Bloodstock.
The pair went to €90,000 for a Ten Sovereigns grandson of Cheshire Oaks heroine Sail from Castletown Stud and to €70,000 for a Magna Grecia filly from the immediate family of Grade 1 scorer Amorama.
“He’s a good, square model who’s well-developed; strong, good bone and a good walk,” said Cullinan of the Ten Sovereigns colt. “He’s what we all want. Obviously he’s by a first-season sire who was a very talented racehorse. I haven’t seen that many by the stallion but I’ve been impressed by the few I have seen.
“There’s some fantastic racehorses among this year’s bunch of first-season sires so it would be hard to pick a standout from among them. We bought one earlier by Magna Grecia, who’s another of those. They’re a cracking bunch and I hope we’re on the right ones.”
He added: “It’s strong for the desirable foals. It’s a bit polarised but there’s been a great clearance rate all year and there seems to be a great hunger for horses right down through the whole spectrum from top to bottom. It’s frustrating buying in a strong market but I’d sooner be buying in a strong market than a weak one.”
The €90,000 mark was also reached by a Kodiac filly out of Leyburn, a Shamardal half-sister to Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Centennial. Sold by Phoenixtown Stud, she was snapped up by RC Bloodstock.
The sale continues tomorrow.