A colt by Walk In The Park (Ire) led the way with a €49,000 final bid at Tuesday’s one-day February National Hunt Sale at Fairyhouse. Sold by Walshtown Stables on behalf of breeder Liam Flavin, lot 109, who is out of Be Mine Tonight (Ire), was purchased by pinhooker Dick Frisby.
Consignor Donie Murphy said, “We always thought he was a nice sort, this is the right sale for him as he was a June foal. The mare is three from three and there are a few more from her to run. We had plenty of interest yesterday and were very busy. We are very happy.”
The day’s session finished on a similar level to 2022–the median of €8,500 and the average of €12,451 saw a marginal drop, and the turnover of €1,624,500, from a 21-lot leaner catalogue than in 2022.
“The focus today was clearly on quality with strong competition for the better yearlings from a large group of pinhookers who turned out in force at the first sale of the year at Tattersalls Ireland,” said Tattersalls Ireland CEO Simon Kerins.
“Figures held up well with the average dropping ever so slightly to €12,451 and a median of €8,500. The top of the market was strong with 13 yearlings selling for €30,000 or more and those with sought after individuals were well rewarded.”