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IRISH BLOODSTOCK SALES RISE IN FIRST HALF OF 2018

05 July 2018

The blistering hot trade seen at the Irish store sales in June produced a 5% increase on 2017 figures, with turnover from both Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland totalling €33,707,100. The demand for Irish national hunt horses rises with their victories on the course, none better demonstrated than a half-brother to the top-class Altior (IRE) setting a new world record when selling for €365,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.

Sold by John Dwan’s Ballyreddin Stud, it was British bloodstock agent Aiden Murphy signed for the world’s most expensive store horse on behalf of Coolmore’s MV Magnier, while Murphy also signed for four of the top five most expensive horses sold that week.

British buyers also contributed to new record at the Goffs Land Rover Sale, where the previous highest price of €215,000 was surpassed on three occasions. Ditcheat trainer Paul Nicholls secured the €325,000 top lot from Ballincurrig House Stud, while Henry De Bromhead was next highest at €235,000 and Highflyer Bloodstock nearly matched at €230,000.

One of the most encouraging elements of both sales was the improved demand for national hunt fillies, buoyed by increased opportunities and prize money, as well as the impressive exploits of mares on the track. Fillies sold at the Goffs Land Rover Sale sold for an average €38,900, while those at Tattersalls Ireland averaged €39,638.

Competitive trade in June has contributed to an overall 2% increase in Irish bloodstock sales in the first six months of the year, currently standing at €47,148,894.

CEO of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Charles O’ Neill, commented, “ The work done over the last few years to significantly  enhance the racing programme for mares is finally starting to paying off and the substantial increase in demand for fillies across both sales has to be great news for the industry. The increased quality of horses catalogued across the store sales was a common theme throughout the sales and was welcomed by all the local and overseas buyers.  I would like to thank all purchasers for their continued support and wish them every success in the future.”

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