The first European Breeze Up Sale of 2018, Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Breeze Up Sale concluded with a median of £19,250, an average of £25,105 and an aggregate of £1,405,900.
It was a profitable day for Carol Benson and her son Danny's Co Meath based Dunsany Stables who sold the top lot of the sale. Lot 49, a colt by Excelebration was purchased as a yearling at their local Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale Part II and today retrieved a tidy profit after being knocked down to agent Alex Elliott for £120,000 on behalf of Excel Racing. The colt, out of five-time winning dam Wooded Glade will go into training with Newmarket based George Scott.
Commenting on the sale, a very happy Danny Benson said;
"He has always been a very nice horse since day one of buying him at Fairyhouse. The prep went really well and it was smooth sailing this week. It has been my best day so far since starting pinhooking and I hope he is lucky for his new connections.'
Tom Morley, notably the owner of Group 1 King's Stand winner Prohibit, signed for the second six-figure sum of the day. Lot 123 , an impressive and easy-moving son of Swiss Spirit from a family of winners including MISTER CRAVEN and JAZZ PRINCESS was knocked down for £100,000, consigned by CAJ Stables.
Lot 95; Matt Coleman of Stroud Coleman Bloodstock saw off competition from under-bidder Steven Hillen for the son of Kodiac offered by Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables. The colt who is closely related to Poet's Voice was knocked down for £88,000.
At the conclusion of the sale, Tattersalls Ireland Director of Horses in Training Sales Richard Pugh commented;
"I would like to commend vendors, Ascot Racecourse and our own team who, in challenging and inclement conditions earlier in the week, successfully staged a breeze yesterday on ground which was less than suitable ground for this element of the sale.
"The trade today has undoubtedly been selective. While it was pleasing to sell the fourth highest price on record at this Breeze Up for £120,000 and to have another six-figure lot, we have to acknowledge that trade today was very challenging and polarised. We will analyse today's trade in full once the breeze up season has concluded and in consultation with our vendors and purchasers, we will respond to that feedback."