Bleahan family watching Lot 260 sell for €320,000 Tattersalls Derby Sale Thurs 25 June 2015:  Image by Caroline Norris

Bleahan family watching Lot 260 sell for €320,000
Tattersalls Derby Sale Thurs 25 June 2015:
Image by Caroline Norris

The month of June stages Ireland’s two flagship sales for unbroken three and four-year-old store horses. Following on from a highly successful Goffs Land Rover Sale two weeks ago, further evidence of a thriving National Hunt sector was evident this week at Tattersalls Ireland. Turnover for the sale was just under €12.3 million, with an average price of €42,893 and a record median for the Derby Sale at €36,000.

Top billing went to Lot 260, a son of Robin Des Champs purchased by Harold Kirk for €320,000 from the Bleahen family’s Lakefield Farm in Co. Galway. This represented the fourth-highest price ever for a store horse sold in Ireland and the highest price anywhere for a store horse in the last four years. Sixteen lots made in excess of six figure sums with a large number of horses purchased by British clients.

Bleahan family pictured with Lot 260, sold for €320,000 Tattersalls Derby Sale Thurs 25 June 2015: Image by Caroline Norris

Bleahan family pictured with Lot 260, sold for €320,000
Tattersalls Derby Sale Thurs 25 June 2015: Image by Caroline Norris

In hot demand were well-bred fillies, including Lot 94, a Kayf Tara filly purchased by Harold Kirk on behalf of Willie Mullins for €105,000.

The excellent returns at both Goffs and Tattersalls continued the trend for rising bloodstock sales figures this year, with the total bloodstock sales aggregate now at €38,831,500 for 2015. This is an increase of over 8% from this time last year.

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing’s Chief Executive, Charles O’Neill, said: “The omens were good for this week following on from a hugely successful Goffs Land Rover Sale. It is great to see Irish breeders rewarded in the sales ring in Ireland through a strong domestic market and vibrant British buyer base. Furthermore, I’m delighted to see fillies in such high demand, and enhancing the appeal of fillies at store sales will continue to be a focus for ITM and the ITBA.”