The five-day November National Hunt Sale 2019 concluded with a superb set of figures boasting a record median price of €12,000, the second-best average in the sale’s history of €16,600 following on from last year’s record-breaking average of €16,866, and gross sales of €12,167,650.
The four foal sessions also produced a record median of €13,750, an increase of 20% on 2018, and its second-best average price of €16,830. The clearance rate was a healthy 71% with 642 foals changing hands, while 28 lots sold for €50,000 or more.
Thursday’s final foal session produced a joint top-price of €40,000 given for colts by Malinas (Lot 960) and Soldier of Fortune (Lot 1069). They were bought by Redpender Stud and Moanmore Stables.
The concluding broodmare session was topped by Camelia De Cotte (Lot 1136), the former Willie Mullins-trained and Susannah Ricci-owned three-time graded chase winner. By Laveron, she sold for €140,000 and was bought by Treasa O’Keeffe and partner Rowland Crellin, breeder of the brilliant eight-time Grade 1 winner Cue Card.
Earlier in the week, Peel Hall Stables sold a Kayf Tara colt (Lot 435) for €65,000 and they reinvested funds in two new National Hunt mares, the most high-profile being the dual graded-winning hurdler Limini (Lot 1137). The Peintre Celebre mare is also in-foal to Australia and was offered by Closutton.