Announce Colt Colt Shines Brightest at Sapphire Sale

The colt from Advertise (GB) (lot 123) was the most expensive lot of the day at Tattersalls Ireland’s Sapphire sale at Fairyhouse on Saturday. The Sapphire Sale featured flatbred yearlings, colts and broodmares and was the final sale of the year for Tattersalls Ireland.

Slaughtered for €38,000 to Micheal Orlandi on behalf of Ballyphilip Stud, the bay is a three-winner half-brother to his winning dam, herself a Fusaichi Pegasus half-sister to champion and classic heroine Misty For Me (Ire) ( Galileo {Ire}), and juvenile champion and Group 1 winner Ballydoyle (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) among others. Part of Olive O’Connor’s best draft (five sold for a total of €79,500), the colt was born on February 23.

Ballyphilip Stud’s Paul McCartan said over the phone: “I saw some of the stallion’s stock throughout the fall at the yearling sales and liked them. I also like the fact that Advertise was a juvenile Group 1 winner and went on to win the [G1] Commonwealth Cup. Saw this colt yesterday and this morning – he has a great pedigree and has four champion 2-year-olds on his page.

The 4 year old daughter of the late Pivotal (GB) Super Proud (GB) was the most expensive mare to go through the ring at €35,000. BBA Ireland have snatched the winning bay of Rockview Stables from the family of Australian Group 1 winner Beaten Up (GB) (Beat Hollow {GB}).

Paul Curran was in charge of the auction and said: “She’s for a client and we love her dad, that was a huge factor. There are some well-behaved, unreleased half-siblings to come and it’s a great page. She is an outcross, which gives a lot of options.

A chestnut daughter from Calyx (GB) (lot 20) was the most expensive yearling sold, catching the eye of sire-daughter duo Con and Amy Marnane, who paid €30,000 for the Listed winner’s half-sister and G2 Queen Mary S. and G2 Lowther S. finalist Easton Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}).

Marnane said of Browne Brothers Bloodstock’s offer: “We’ll take her home and get her ready for the breeze-ups next spring. She has a magnificent pedigree with black-type under each mother on the page.

“Calyx was amazing the day he won at Royal Ascot and we supported him with our own mares. We sold a colt by him out of Mia Divina (GB) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) to Andrew Balding in book 2 for 145,000 gns.

A total of 100 lots (54%) sold out of 184 offered for a gross amount of €599,400. The mean was €5,994 and the median €4,000. Valfredo Valiani spent €43,500 on six lots to attract all buyers.

CEO Simon Kerins said: “Once again, we are indebted to every seller and every buyer for their trust and support in the Sapphire sale. European buyers, particularly from Italy and Poland, made their contribution and Tattersalls Ireland’s network of international agents played an important role in today’s sale. It was very evident as we inspected the yearlings in the spring that there was genuine enthusiasm for our new yearling sale and we are now in a position to work on it and move it forward for next year.

“As the year draws to a close, we can reflect on a year of so much achievement with Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale’s smashing records, led by a historic lot of €520,000 and a record six-figure lot number and best all-time average of €38,155 The September yearling sale continued in much the same way setting its own records with 70 lots sold at €50,000 or more as well as a record median and average and sales just below 2021 records. These results prove that when we are provided with the best horses we can deliver. We hope these results and our improved facilities will continue to convince more shippers that they can obtain and will obtain the best results in the sales circle of Tattersalls Ireland.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team for their hard work and dedication throughout the year and ITM for their continued support. We can now look forward to following the careers of our new graduates and resuming the road in search of the class of 2023.”

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