14 September 2018

We spoke to three leading consignors ahead of the Irish yearling sales, to get their star picks and thoughts on the weeks ahead at Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland.


What is the best horse you have sold at the Irish yearling sales?

David Cox, Baroda & Colbinstown Consigning: We’ve sold lots of winners at both Tattersalls Ireland and Goffs including a home bred of Philip Myerscough's, the Group 3 winning Luminate (IRE), who has given a lot of enjoyment to her Highclere Syndicate crew.

Luke Barry, Manister House Stud: Wicklow Brave, a Group/Grade 1 winner under both codes.

John McEnery, Rossenarra Stud: Dimenticata (IRE), by Danetime out of one of my foundation mares. She was bought by Frank Barry at Tattersalls Ireland for €50,000. Trained by Kevin Prendergast for Lady O’Reilly, she was second in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, beaten a neck by Finsceal Beo (IRE).


Who is the star of your drafts this year?

David Cox: Of course it is hard to split them at this stage as we are selling some serious yearlings in the Goffs Orby sale by Galileo (IRE), Acclamation, Invincible Spirit (IRE), Camelot, and Dark Angel (IRE).  Some standouts are Lot 203, a full-sister to Group 1 sprinter Tasleet, while a daughter of Zoffany (IRE) (Lot 278) is an athletic looking filly with a nice pedigree. And let’s not forget our draft of 23 in Tattersalls Ireland, a couple that come to mind are Lot 386, a good colt by Make Believe, and Lot 476, a racey filly by sire-on-fire No Nay Never.

Luke Barry: There is no obvious one. Some smashing types, but there isn’t one that stands above the rest.

John McEnery: There’s no obvious star, but our colt in the Goffs Sportsman sale (Lot 656) is a lovely athletic sort with a great attitude. He is out of Ittasal, a winning half-sister to Signora Cabello (IRE) and three other Stakes horses.


Is there another yearling, with less obvious appeal, who you think will develop into talented racehorse?

David Cox: We have a lovely individual, Lot 162 in the Goffs Orby Sale, an Acclamation colt out of Affirmative who has bred four winners. The yearling is really athletic and has the look of a proper racehorse.

Luke Barry: On physical, it’s probably a filly selling in Part II at Tattersalls Ireland as Lot 823. She has size, scope and strength...she’s very likeable.

John McEnery: A Morpheus filly out of Carpet Lover (IRE), Lot 727 in Part II of the September Yearling Sale at Tattersalls Ireland. Her dam is a half-sister to Molecomb Stakes winner Misty Eyed, who also finished second in the Flying Childers Stakes and King’s Stand Stakes.

First season sire pick for 2019?

David Cox: The Night of Thunder (IRE) yearlings look very racey and precocious. 

Luke Barry: Gutaifan (IRE). 

John McEnery: Gutaifan (IRE) because of his numbers on the ground, but I think Gleneagles (IRE) will also have a good season.


How do you think trade will be over the next month?

David Cox: I’ve been at Saratoga, Deauville, Goffs UK and Keeneland yearling sales so far, where the market seemed very good. A lot of the key owners in Europe have had a fantastic season on the track so far, so hopefully they will come back in to invest, as well as new syndicates being put together.

Luke Barry: Buyers will have a lot of choice... all these sales have stock selected so they will get value if they work it hard. The nice ones will come at a premium but vendors need to be very realistic with lesser stock.

John McEnery: I think trade will be steady as trainers require new horses each year to keep their business progressing and improving their quality of stock. Irish-bred horses are always needed for the English market and people should remain positive.


Give us a sales graduate to follow.

David Cox: The highest priced yearling we have sold in Ireland was a beautiful colt at Gopffs last year, selling for €650,000 to Roger Varian for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Obaid. His dam is a full-sister to Immortal Verse (IRE), from the family of Last Tycoon. He hasn’t run yet but we are excited to see how he does.

Luke Barry: We sold a Camelot filly at the Orby last year for €40,000. Named Perfectimperfection (IRE), she might be above average.... her trainer told me that AFTER we sold the half-sister last month!

John McEnery: The Dark Angel (IRE) colt out of Thawrah (IRE), who we sold for €340,000 at Goffs November Foal sale last year. He is a full-brother to Heeraat (IRE) and sells under the Coulonces sales banner at the Goffs Orby Sale.


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Click here for more information on the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.

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