Lot 50 by Doctor Dino Image supplied by Tattersalls Ireland

It was a red-hot start to the 2019 November NH Sale for Ballyreddin Stud, the consignor selling two of the top three lots on the opening day of the sale.

The first in the ring for John Dwan’s consignment was a gelding by Doctor Dino (Lot 50) bought as a pin-hook store horse prospect by Oak Tree Farm’s Norman Williamson for €100,000.

Already named Ecrin Vert, the gelding is a half-brother to DREAM WISH (Dream Well), the winner of the Grade 2 Prix Congress and the Listed Prix Noiro Chase, both at Auteuil since the catalogue was published.

Those thwarted underbidders included Katie Rudd, Joey Logan and Ian Ferguson.

The day’s second-best price of €62,000 was given by pin-hooker Timmy Hillman for a son of Shantou consigned by Burgage Stud (Lot 68).

The gelding is a full-bother to Sevarano, winner of a bumper in 2018 and over hurdles at the end of October this year. 

Ballyreddin’s second lot in the ring, a gelding by young sire Kitkou (Lot 76), sold for €45,000, bought by James Mernagh.

The half-day session concluded with 41 lots sold for an aggregate of €535,200, a median price of €9,000, an increase of 13% on 2018 and an average price of €13,054, a rise of 6%.