Six horses fetch €1m at sales
The rude health of point-to-point racing in Co. Wexford was starkly illustrated once again last week at the Tattersalls Ireland's first Cheltenham Festival sale, held in the parade ring immediately after racing on Thursday.
Fourteen of the 24 lots were sold for a total of almost £1.5 millon sterling; six of those came from Wexford, including the two most expensive deals of the day, and the six realised £828,000 Stg. (just over one million euros).
The top price of £225,000 Stg. was achieved for Timewaitsfornoone (a bay gelding by Oscar-Trendy Attire), part of a great Barry O'Neill four-timer in the Bray Hunt meeting at Tinahely a month ago, trained by Colin Bowe and owned by Barry's partner, Brigid Bowe. He was bought for prominent owner, Barry Connell.
Donnchadh Doyle saddled five-year-old Monbeg Chit Chat (Kayf Tara-Sophie) to win at Lismore earlier this month for the Monbeg Syndicate, under Rob James; he was knocked down for a cool £200,000 Stg. to all-conquering trainer, Willie Mullins, via his agent, Harold Kirk.
The same pairing coughed up £110,000 for the mare, Three Swallowsnick (Westerner-Sitges), owned by Enniscorthy publican, Nick Doyle, which had provided Bunclody trainer Ivan Walker with his first-ever wins at Borris in December and at Lismore.
Donnchadh Doyle and the Monbeg Syndicate put up four-year-old gelding Orchard Thieves (a son of the stallion Ask, out of Ballycleary), who joined David Pipe's stable following a bid of £115,000.
Colin Bowe also offered Daklondike, a four-year-old bay gelding by Gold Well, which was a maiden winner at Lingstown on Sunday week for the Milestone Racing Partnership under Barry O'Neill.
Purchased at the sales last August for €46,000, he realised £140,000 Stg. to a bid from trainer, David Pipe.
Newtown Craig (a bay gelding by Craigsteel-Form a Circle), from Colin Bowe and the Milestone Stables, fetched £38,000 for Tom Malone and the English-based Lucy Wadham Stables.