A Walk In The Park relation to Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere led the way during the opener to the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale, a session devoted to yearlings staged on Sunday.
Adrian Costello of Park Farm had to go to €85,000 to outbid Tony O’Callaghan of Tally-Ho Stud, standing with Hamish Macauley, to secure the gelding, who was sold by Walshtown Stables. He is the fourth foal out of Windermere Sky, an unraced Oscar half-sister to Lord Windermere, whose six victories also included the Grade 1 RSA Chase, and Sub Lieutenant, whose eight successes included the Grade 2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle and Grade 2 Skymas Chase.
“It is all about Walk In The Park, he is the top one around at the moment, and this horse has a top pedigree, and he is definitely the finest yearling here today,” said Costello. “He is fit to go to any sale, and anyone wold be glad to own him, he is definitely a bit special. He will come back to a store sale, with luck the Derby Sale. He is a lovely big horse, an athlete all day long.”
His sale was the highlight of a day in which 119 lots turned over a total of 1,543,850gns at an average of 12,974gns.
The Tally-Ho team had better luck in their pursuit of a Soldier Of Fortune gelding, for whom the outfit signed at €68,000.
Like the session-topper, the gelding boasts close Gold Cup connections, being out of Mo Bury, an unraced Bienamado half-sister to the 2018 hero Native River.
“He is for resale and will come back for the Derby Sale,” said Tony O’Callaghan of the gelding, sold by Railstown Stud. “He is a lovely sort, by a good sire and out of a well-bred mare.”
Meanwhile, a productive day for vendor Ballincurrig House Stud featured the sale of a pair of youngsters for €65,000 and €60,000 to Alan Harte, acting through agent Joey Logan.
Logan went to €65,000 for a son of No Risk At All out of five-time winner Lunaya, named Cinnamon Roll, and to €60,000 for a son of the French stallion Jeu St Eloi out of Listed-winning jumper Joly Nelsa, named Krocodile Rock.
“They will come back to the Derby Sale,” said Harte. “They are both beautiful horses and I loved them. I am delighted to get them. They will come back to the farm at Kildare.
“I came up this year and just liked these two horses. Both are well bred and from Ballincurrig, such a good consignor. I might buy a few foals now through the rest of the week.”
The sale continues on Monday.