Success at sales
Over €1 million paid for local horses
A couple of Wexford trained and owned winners at the Wexford Hunt meeting at Ballinaboola last Sunday week attracted big interest at the Tattersalls Ireland sale held after racing at Cheltenham on Friday evening, with Co. Wexford horses fetching £945,000 on the day (over a million Euros).
There was a lot of pre-racing talk about Seán Doyle's four-year-old Flemensfirth gelding, Know the Score, and he impressively obliged in Division 1 of the Horse and Hound Hotel maiden, winning by six lengths under local jockey Harley Dunne.
This one cost the Monbeg Syndicate €55,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby sale last year, but that looks very good value now after David Pipe went to £380,000 to bring him home.
Seán Doyle was in no doubt about the quality of his horse at Ballinaboola: 'This is as good a horse as I have had…if this lad doesn't go the whole way to the top, I really don't know what you need.'
Division 2 of the four-year-old maiden that day was won by Clondaw's Answer for Michael and Catríona Goff, the bay gelding by Ask making all under stable jockey Shane Fitzgerald.
Good judges were impressed and they were right - the horse going to Tom Malone for £60,000.
Goff and owner Richard Frisby had hit the jackpot earlier when Good Man Jim, a grey gelding by Martaline which had won by 14 lengths at Dowth Hall, Co. Meath, on October 29, was bought by Roger Brookshaw for second highest of the day, £360,000.
At the same sale last year, trainer Denis Murphy, Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh, was the star turn with two of his trainees, Finian's Oscar and Poli Roy, fetching over half a million sterling between them. Both have gone on to striking success on the track since, with Finian's Oscar winning at Cheltenham on Friday just days after the death of his owner, Alan Potts.
Murphy was in the money again on Friday. His big seller on the day was his own Lust for Glory, a bay filly by Getaway, a winner under Jamie Codd at Lisronagh on October 28, which went to Highflyer Bloodstock for £240,000, the biggest price paid on the day for a filly.
The day before Ballinaboola, Codd and Murphy went to Loughbrickland in Co. Down to win a four-year-old maiden by twelve lengths on Derby, a son of Policy Maker. This one went for £60,000 to Willie Mullins.
Other Murphy sales on Friday included Frozen Motion, a five-year-old Black Sam Bellamy mare for £60,000, and Upsettheodds, a five-year-old by Oscar - £15,000 to McCain Racing.
Colin Bowe's Milestone Stables at Kiltealy also sold well - Rath an Iuir by Flemensfirth, a clear winner at Loughrea under Barry O'Neill on October 15, went for £100,000; Rocco, winner at Tinahely for Graham Morrow - £90,000; Risky Gold by Gold Well, second at Lisronagh on October 28 - £38,000.
Other Wexford sales noted included:
William Codd, Mayglass - Agent Memphis, a five-year-old mare owned by Jamie Codd's wife, Robyn, second at Ballinaboola to Jimmy and Vincent Devereux's Lady Mantilla - £42,000.
Shantaluze, a five-year-old winner at Tinahely on October 22 for owner/trainer Richard Black from Bunclody, under Rob James - £40,000 by Donald McCain.
The leading Wexford point-to-point trainers have established a proven track record over recent years and there seems to be no end in sight to the insatiable demand for their horses, particularly in Britain.