Whats on this Week?

On the Track:

CHELTENHAM 11th …….. 14th!

14th Dundalk (e), 15th Limerick,16th Limerick, Navan.

Point to Points:

15th Ward Union (S), North Down (F), 16th Kilworth & Araglen (H), North Galway (F), North Kilkenny (F).



Surely this sale has the one for you?

Tattersalls Ireland get their November National Hunt Sale underway on Monday the 11th with the six day sale running right through the week until Saturday the 16th with 1475 lots in total.
Offering a broad range of horses, the first day has 273 yearlings listed with foals offered over the next four days until the final day with 234 horses catalogued being a mixture of stores and broodmares.

Ballincurrig House Stud in Cork is the biggest consigner of yearlings with 17 entries, Baroda and Colbinstown Studs from Co Kildare offering 8, Co Wexford based Jamestown Consignment have 7 the same number as the Mill House Stud.

Scanning the stallion names in these lots quickly shows a theme developing, with Stowaway, Mahler, Ask, Scorpion, Shantou and Black Sam Bellamy all appearing. This is not an exhaustive listing but it is interesting one non the less. It shows the current fashion very clearly and should be noted. Whether these yearlings are been pinhooked for the future is open to debate as some may be bought to race by their purchaser this time rather than to be resold as 3 and 4 year olds.

The four day foal sale shows page upon page of horses with great pedigrees and even though the Derby Sale and Goffs Landrover Sale showed some sort of improvement in the bloodstock sector the market for foals will be a better indication as to its health. I am sure we will have some good headline prices quoted at us but I prefer to look at the numbers unsold and those that go through the ring for less than €4000.  This of course won’t be clear till after the sale but its a pretty basic figure to judge a sale on. Very few foals cost less than this figure for any breeder to get to the sale, between stallion covers, entry fees and registrations. So lets keep that simple figure in mind.

In the meantime the sire list for foals shows the strength of the Coolmore operation covering Grange, Castle Hyde and the Beeches for this purpose.  Oscar tops the list with 66, Scorpion 64, Flemensfirth 61, before Ronnie O’Neills Stowaway 56 pops up in fourth for his Whytemount Stud, Rathbarry Stud comes in on 51 with Presenting, with Getaway 46 and Milan on 42 for Coolmore again before Court Cave registers on 40 for Boardsmill Stud. These wont get all the top prices needless to say but their shear volume will have an impact. Other stallions of note include Beneficial, Robin Des Champs and Shantou and these will be very popular in my view and they have a good number on offer on the foal sale days.

The broodmare sale totalling 154 and store horse sale of 79 is interesting as they offer two sides of the coin with in foal mares full of hope and expectation that they will have an animal that will develop into a saleable 3 and 4 year old.

The covering sires make interesting reading with Fame and Glory topping the list with 10, Stowaway on 8, followed by Jeremy, Kalanisi and Milan with 7. First season sire Fame and Glory has been marketed well, I think that this shows an indication that foals in 2014 will have a strong showing for Fame and Glory, Stowaway and Jeremy in particular.

This of course is purely a review by numbers, it doesn’t look at the page, pedigree nor confirmation, thats really up to you! Don’t forget that success and value can be found at the right price and that the house doesn’t need to be mortgaged to achieve it. That’s of course if you are a buyer, a seller on the other hand looks at it a different way, when was it any other way?

It’s a very big sale, probably the biggest one in the national hunt sector. Surely this sale has the one for you?