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.
The sale of show jumpers precedes the well-established Go For Gold Sale of event horses tomorrow.
Now in its sixth year it attracts riders and owners from across the globe and this year will be no exception with a top-class catalogue of 62 animals.
This year regular visitor Oliver Townend has put forward a number of horses for sale and this includes the eight-year-old gelding Perusing. By the hugely successful eventing sire Puissance, he carries ISH on both sides of his pedigree with Cruising as the damsire.
Together with Andrew Cawthray, Townend also sends up the eight-year-old Red Andes Fanfare, by the thoroughbred Andes, and LCC Cooley, an eight-year-old by Ramiro B, also at advanced level.
Kicking off the sale as Lot 1 is the home-bred mare Gorsehill Pearl, a 10-year-old with 175 Eventing Ireland points and numerous wins to her credit.
Others include the five-year-old Grovine Class Act, winner of the Discovery Final at Millstreet just two months ago and joint-winner of the four-year-old class at the Breeders' Classic 12 months ago.
Brian Sheahan, meanwhile, sends up Keamore Lord Cruis. This four-year-old by Lux Z was placed third in the Masterclass for young event horses at the Camphire International and won the Horse Sport Ireland prize for the highest placed four-year-old at the National Championships during the summer.
Among the pick of the four-year-olds is Vincent Meaney's LCC Black Jack, one of the few remaining four-year-olds by Cavalier Royale, while the three-year-olds list includes KC Noble Class, winner of his potential event horse class at the RDS in August.
The Go For Gold and Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers concludes a busy week of sales which saw the annual Monart Sale taking place in Wexford last week.
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