Day 2 Friday, Mares and Fillies at the Mart
The efficient and good humoured management of the Sales was evident throughout and for this the organisers and workers deserve credit.
The top price on Friday, €4,500, was paid for a Belgian bred 2yr.old filly , Loreena of Hazelfield (El Larry – Cailín of Hazelfield) .
This filly of substance was due for another overseas trip after her short Irish stay with Seamus Keady in Spiddal, as she was purchased by P.J. Watson on behalf of an English client and is bound for Marlyn Chapman’s English yard. Her breeding is impressive as her sire El Larry was Supreme Champion in Germany and traces back to the likes of Killyreagh Kim, Mac Dara, Inver Rebel, Abbeyleix Owen with Frederiksminde Hazy Match on the dams side.
An English registered pony the 3yr.old bay Croppers Celtic Star (Boden Park Finnard – Glanaclara Velvet (Dale Haze) a Class 1 mare, , was also produced for the Sales by P.J. Watson. who kindly supplied photos. She was Champion 3yr.old at the British Breed Show, is scanned in foal to Rosscon Sunrise and is bound for a cash buyer for the sum of €3,800. Not a huge price to pay, you will agree, for top class breeding in both these Lots. Manus Victory (Derrymore Duncan – Manus Lady) a 4yr.old Class I mare, scanned in foal to Castlestrange Fionn, with Smokey Duncan, Mervyn Kingsmill and Ganty Blazer in her bloodline, sold for €4,000 as did Western Doll a 6yr old in-foal mare by Glencarrig Prince.
Jennie Wardell from Limerick led round the 12yr.old dun Mare, the 14hh. Brownstone Lass 326(Island Lad – Rennel Hill). She had been ridden and jumped but was now in foal to Andy’s Pride but her owner was not happy with the €3,000 bid and she returned home also.
Clara Whelan from Wexford sold her 3 yr.old class 1 mare, Lally’s Maggie (Tempo Active Atlas – Primrose Lady) for €2,780, and Lally’s Maggie is bound for an English client of Galway trader Peter Glynn who bought a batch of ponies for this market on Friday. In all 49 ponies were en route for England after the Sales.
The Class 1 3yr.old Meelicksland Hazel (Cloughill Island – Derroe Alanna) was sold by Michael McNamara from East Galway for €1,100. She has Silver Heaven and Westside Mirah in her bloodlines.
A quality grey/dun yearling filly Moneen Girl 255(Caherlistrane Prince – Cool Breeze) went for €2,400, one of the best prices achieved by a yearling. The top price for a 2yr.old filly was 3250.
The French trade team from Brittany were here to buy for clients at home and they purchased 11 lots in the Mart. These included 1 stallion, 2 4yr.old geldings, a 2yr.old, a yearling filly (plus a second yr. filly bought in Spiddal) and 5 foals.
Pictured are the 6yr.old stallion Buachaill Bán (Glencarrig Prince – Drucht an tSleibhe), the 2yr.old Colt Derryronane Victor (Wings of Victory – Ballinacurra Rose)
and the 4yr.old roan gelding Creevy Earl (Robe Earl – Robe Dun Alainn)
In all 28 ponies were sold to France.
end Days 3, 4, 5. Foals and Brood Mares Impossible not to feel sorry for the hundreds of foals held in the mart pens on the three days; separated from dams, landed into a noisy brightly-lit crowded environment: a sharp contrast with quiet hillside or mountainy field.
With over 700 foals going under the hammer there was more quality here than in any other category, and still many came trotting out of the ring after very low bids. Anyone selling for over €1000 was doing well.
The highest priced filly foal which sold for €3,500 on Sunday was the dun Carracanada Tara (Starsky – Doorty Lucky Lady): the stallion Ross Loobeen features in the pedigree. Gun Smoke and New Beginnings are also in the bloodline. The buyer Declan Glynn liked her bone, conformation and presence and will take this well-developed foal back to Claremorris, just down the road from vendor James Byrne of Swinford who received the Clifden Mart Cup for the highest priced foal.
Shakespeare, Caroline Lydon’s Colt foal by Streamstown Mickey – Dancing Maggie, was yet another dun, a handsome colt with a memorable name who sold for €1,350 to Michael O’Looney from Clare
A number of filly foals fetched between E.2,000 and E.3,000 and manyfilly foals werefetching in the high one thousands. A grey Spiddal Playboy filly out of Derrartha Nellie sold for €1,900 on Saturday another out of a Frederiksminde Hazy Match mare went for €1,800. One of the highest bids on Monday was for Attymon Misty (Rosscon Castle King- Clooneenagh Lass) a dun filly foal who made €2,600. One of the best bargains of the Sales had to be a grey colt foal with Supreme Champion sire and multiple prize-winning dam who sold for only €1,100 on the final day, Monday. This colt, Moyabbey Prince (Currachmore Cashel – Glencarrig Heather) has as grandam Coosheen Breeze who was All-Ireland Broodmare. (sorry no pics of the last few)
A good quality filly foal Lily Beag by Clonberne Boy – Lickeen Lily went to a local buyer for €1,150. This is an overview of the marketplace at this point in time.