Colts by Soldier Of Fortune dominated the first day of the November NH Foal Sale achieving the top two prices of €63,000 and €52,000.
A busy ring greeted the Chancery Stables offered son of the Beeches Stud sire and the February-born foal (Lot 312) lived up to expectations selling for the session’s top price. Underbidder was Tim Hyde, but the successful purchaser was pinhooker Mark Dwyer of Oaks Farm.
Purchaser Adrian Costello of Park Farm was another full of compliments about the 14-year-old Galileo sire after spending €52,000 on the Limekiln Stud-offered colt out of Hear The Thunder (Lot 383).
Chancery Stables also sold two lots by the popular dual-purpose sire Mount Nelson, headed by the colt out of Garryduff Eile (Lot 311). JK Bloodstock spent €45,000 on the colt and John Dwan reported of the acquisition: “He is a good-walking colt and is a half-brother to a smart horse, he will be back here for resale.”
Pinhooker Timmy Hillman, who was described by the auctioneer as “resilient”, got reward for his perseverance when successfully buying the session’s top price filly for €32,000 (Lot 411).
Offered by Ballincurrig House Stud, the February-born foal is from a real fillies’ family – she is the second offspring out of the talented Listed-winning mare Golden Gael, a daughter of Generous and a half-sister to another talented mare, Bitofapuzzle. She won the Irish Stallion Farms Mares Novices Hurdle.
Hillman was the busiest purchaser of the session buying five lots for a total spend of €113,000.
The first session of foals concluded with an aggregate for the day’s sale of €1,677,050, an average price of €11,728 and a median of €8,500.