Fresh from topping the Tattersalls Ireland September and Goffs Autumn Online Yearling Sales, Clare Manning of Boherguy Stud found herself in a familiar position on Wednesday when fielding the sale-topper for Tattersalls Ireland’s final auction of 2020, the November Flat Foal & Breeding Stock Sale.

On a day that consisted of moderate fare, it took a transaction of €45,000 for fledgling vendor Manning to top the event with the sale of a Dawn Approach filly, bred by her grandfather Jim Bolger, to Clongan House.

The filly was bred by Bolger out of the placed My Fere Lady, a Mr. Greeley granddaughter of Grade 3 winner Theresa’s Tizzy, and is a sister to minor scorer Feminista.

A daughter of successful first-crop sire Belardo was next best on a bid of €33,000 to Patrick Cooper of the BBA Ireland.

Sold by Ballybin Stud, the filly is a half-sister to a winner and out of two-time scorer Fashion Line, a Cape Cross half-sister to the dam of Prix Royallieu heroine Princess Yaiza.

Plans call for the filly to join Jessica Harrington on behalf of the Its All About The Girls Syndicate.

The day’s highest priced foal was a colt from the first crop of Prix Morny winner Unfortunately, who sold for €25,000 to Ivor Andray Bloodstock. He was sold by Kilmore Stud on behalf of Audrey Thompson, who bred the colt out of Celestial Dream, a winning daughter of Nunthorpe Stakes heroine Lochangel who is the dam of six winners to date.

Overall, it was a low-key day that resulted in gross sales of €441,300, a drop of 20% from 2019. Particularly disappointing was the clearance rate of 53%. However, against that the average fell by only six per cent to €6,045 while the median was unchanged at €3,000.