Doyle's world record
Wexford point-to-pointers continue to attract remarkable interest at British sales, and last week nine of them were sold at the Tattersalls Ireland sale at Cheltenham for £1.233m (almost €1.4m), including the second and third top prices ever achieved and a world record £410,000 for a five-year-old.
The Doyle brothers from the Monbeg operation at Ballindaggin were active once more, and it was Donnchadh who achieved the world record price for Dlauro, a five-year-old by German sire, Lauro, which went to Joseph O'Brien.
The horse was a very impressive debutant winner under Rob James at Belharbour in Clare on February 5. Doyle had commented after that win: 'This is a proper horse…he's a super jumper and one of the nicest horses we've ever had.' Doyle had bought him for £33,000 at Goffs Spring sale in 2016.
Colin Bowe and the Milestone Stables, Kiltealy, sold Envoi Allen, a four-year-old bay by Muthathir, owned by Walter Connors, for £400,000 to agent Tom Malone for Gordon Elliott.
This was the third best price ever for a pointer, and matched what he achieved for Trevelyns Corn at the December sale. He had romped to a ten-length win at Ballinaboola on February 5 under Barry O'Neill.
There could be more to come as Bowe has revealed he has three more at home by Muthathir and 'they're all lovely horses'.
A second Doyle brother, Cormac, sold Some Operator, by September Storm, for £68,000. Jointly owned by Cormac and his brother, Gearóid, this one won at Tallow in Waterford on February 5 under James Walsh. They had bought him last year for £15,000.
Ironically, Denis Murphy's Notachance, by Mahler, was a narrowly beaten favourite in that race under Jimmy O'Rourke, but he outsold the winner, going to trainer Alan King for £80,000.
Murphy also sold Storm Arising by Yeats, third in a four-year-old maiden at Belharbour, for £80,000 to trainer Paul Nicholls, and got £40,000 from trainer Charlie Longsdon for Always On The Ball, by Kapgarde, second in a five-years-old maiden at Dungarvan.
A third Doyle brother, Seán Thomas, sold Hotel du Nord, a five-year-old by Voix du Nord, to Kate Harrington, daughter of trainer, Jessica, for £50,000, having won on debut at Kirkistown, Co. Down, on February 10 under Rob James.
Shirley Berry, Tomhaggard Murberry Stables, sold Ask Dillon, a five-year-old by Ask owned by Benny Berry, to Fergal O'Brien stables for £40,000. This one won under a good ride by Tiernan Power-Roche at Nenagh on January 29.
Andrew and Paul Pierce of the Blackhall Stud, Killurin, sold Alsa Mix, a six-year-old grey mare by Al Namix, to Alan King for £65,000 after an impressive ten-length victory under Jimmy O'Rourke at Aghabullogue in Cork in January. This was a good price for an older mare, highly regarded by the Pierces.
(All horses sold were four year old geldings unless otherwise stated).