Dougie Douglas expected to be the highlight of sport horse sale
The Irish Sport Horse Dougie Douglas, who has represented Britain in a number of Nations' Cups in the last two years, is expected to be the highlight of the Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Showjumpers which takes place at the Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey this evening following two days of viewing at Barnadown Stud.
Sold through the same venue as a four-year-old in 2009 for a modest sum of €5,800, the 10-year-old by Ard VDL Douglas has been produced up the ranks by Holly Gillott.
Recent wins include the Hickstead Derby trial in June, however, Gillott, along with her partner Graham Smith, has now made the decision to sell the horse in order to allow for future purchases as her career progresses.
"We are delighted to be associated with Graham Smith and Holly Gillott who have bought a number of top class horses at Goresbridge over the years," commented Martin Donohue of Goresbridge.
Dougie Douglas is just one of 33 lots due to go under the hammer at the dispersal which, last year, gained much positive feedback following the sale of the 2014 world championship silver medallist Ard Ginger Pop (€95,000) and this year's bronze medallist Talks Cheap (€50,000) to Enda Carroll and Carl Hanley.
This year's catalogue is equally impressive and one of the other highlights will be the embryo from Ard Ginger Pop and sired by Cornet Obolensky on offer from Carroll's Ashford Stud.
Also listed is the RDS six-year-old winner Beech Hill Lucia (Luidam), as well as the year-younger Cooley By Name (OBOS Quality), a winner of the HSI series in Mullingar. Another to stand out is RDS runner-up, the seven-year-old Dekato, by Upgrade, and another by Luidam, RVS Lui Fortunas, winner of his five-year-old title at the Dublin Horse Show.
Following the older lots will be an impressive group of 12 three-year-olds, with prominent sires including Numero Uno, OBOS Quality and Zirocco Blue.