Airlie Beach’s brother sells for € 230,000 as owners of Gordon Elliott take the lead | Blood Stock News
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Airlie Beach’s brother who dominated Tuesday’s session at € 230,000
The sun shone on the Kildare paddocks on Tuesday as Ireland emerged from lockdown gloom at the perfect time for the Goffs Land Rover 2021 sale, restored to its June date but, exceptionally, the first live sale to take place in Ireland this year.
Freed from lockdown chains, buyers’ appetite for stores was insatiable and the day one liquidation rate was 91%, with 183 of the 202 lots on offer finding a buyer. The total was € 8,532,500, the average € 46,626 and the median € 42,000.
The first lot honors went at the end of the session to the brother of the prolific Grade 1 hurdles winner and Listed Flat winner Airlie Beach, who finally followed the path of Noel and Valerie Moran’s Bective Stud at € 230,000.
Recorded by Peter Nolan, Shantou’s retired son of Burgage Stud, one of the most successful National Hunt stallions of recent years, was seen as a potential for sale early in the inspections at Kildare Paddocks.
Days after turning three, Brilliant Berry lived up to those expectations when he stepped into the ring. When an opening bid of € 100,000 was secured, the stage was set for an exciting show, and it turned out.
Six months ago, at the December Goffs National Hunting Sale, Bective Stud set a record for a national hunting mare sold at public auction when buying Jade from Apple for € 530,000, demonstrating so their willingness to spend big to acquire the highest quality for their new Meath Farm, and the Morans have shown the same determination here.
Eddie O’Leary was acting on behalf of the couple and said of their latest acquisition: “He is a wonderful horse from a large farm and from a very good family so I hope he will be as good looking as he is. ‘it looks like it. “
He will join the Bective Stud roster formed at Gordon Elliott’s Cullentra House, which includes Zanahiyr and Grand Roi.
Nolan has made his consignment business one of the largest and most successful, and this sale achievement was the culmination of a long drawn out plan.
“He’s a unique horse to breed and we had him booked for this sale for a long time, so it’s great that it all came together,” he smiled.
Airlie Beach’s first scheduled foal, a gelding from Mount Nelson, is one of the headlines in Wednesday’s second session of the Land Rover Sale.
Martaline in the foreground
There are huge expectations for the final productions of Martaline, the most expensive bred by the first stallion of Haras de Montaigu, who is responsible for top performances including her sire-son Beaumec De Houelle, Dynaste and Kotkikova.
The Aide Mémoire, from Walter Connors’ Sluggara Farm, is well known to Joey Logan and his clients Andrew and Gemma Brown, in whose colors Mighty Potter, the one year older brother of Tuesday’s € 200,000 gelding, runs for Elliott’s stable.
Mighty Potter was an impressive four-year-old bumper winner at Punchestown when he debuted in March under Jamie Codd, and Aide Mémoire will join his brother at Cullentra House Stables. The offspring of the late grandfather of Haras de Montaigu have already proven themselves in the red and white bristles of the Browns for Elliott.
Logan said, “He’s a beautiful horse and what helped me was the way he moved; he has a really impressive stride. It’s for Andrew and Gemma Brown and the plan would be the same as for Mighty Potter.
“Gordon thinks Mighty Potter is a good horse, and Gemma and Andrew also have Grand Paradis, 3rd year winner, by Martaline, in training with Gordon, and he’s a good horse.”
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Aide Mémoire, which followed Andrew and Gemma Brown to € 200,000
Michael Shefflin and Paul Holden were busy restocking, with the most expensive of their purchases a son of Authorized making € 145,000. He is descended from Leah Claire, who got the black type on the flat and over the hurdles for her owner-breeder Frank McNulty.
Trained by Willie McCreery, Tomba’s daughter was listed in the Listed Loughbrown Stakes at Curragh and Listowel Stakes, and finished second in a level 2 handicap hurdle at Leopardstown.
Her third foal is the son born in March to the 2007 Derby and Juddmonte International Stakes winner, who was presented by Johnny Collins’ Brown Island Stables. The sale was a nice return on the € 20,000 he brought in when he was sold as a yearling in France.
Shefflin said: “I love the sire and this horse moves really well, he is the most beautiful of the licensed horses in the sale. He’s a horse that should do well on the track and he has options – he could go point-to-point route or go for a bumper.
“He comes from a black type mare and he is a beautiful Authorized, which was the main thing.”
© Peter Mooney
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Authorized’s son who made € 145,000 on an offer from Michael Shefflin and Paul Holden
© Peter Mooney