Wexford horses were in great demand once again at the final big sale of the year, the Tattersalls event at Cheltenham, with the Colm Murphy trained Es Perfecto (IRE), getting the top local price, the December 8 Meath winner (by Shirocco) going to top trainer Alan King for £170,000.
Nineteen Wexford horses were sold for a total of £1.3 million, maintaining the remarkable faith that the English based buyers have in horses coming over from the Wexford stables. The big hope now is that Boris Johnson will 'Get Brexit Done' in a manner that does the least possible damage to this positive business for the county.
This was Murphy's first P2P winner since 2015, after which he retired from the racing end of the game until early this year, and he was mighty impressed by the 12 length success.
Other big prices achieved included: Across The Channel (by Dunkerque), trained by Colin Bowe, recently won at Mainstown and went to Philip Hobbs for £150,000.
Corran Cross, (a four-year-old son of Doyen), won his maiden on debut at Tinahely last month for Denis Murphy, and Gordon Elliott paid £130,000 for him.
Liz Doyle, Crossabeg, sold Valleres, her French bred four-year-old gelding, to Alan King for £80,000 after his win at Tattersalls Farm in Meath on Dec. 8.
As usual, the Monbeg Stables and the Doyle brothers, Donnchadh and Sean, were very prominent and sold eight horses between them. Donnchadh bought Ocean Drifter (4yo gelding by Aizavoski) for €36,000 in May of last year and realised £100,000 from Gerry Hogan Bloodstock following on from his Lingstown win on Nov. 24.
Bowe also sold Askinvillar (by Jeremy) to Colin Tizzard, and Visionarian (by Vision d'Etat) to Peter Fahey Racing for £60,000 each, and Whitechurch (by Scorpion) for £40,000.
Denis Murphy also sold Wild Romance (4yo filly) to Dan Skelton Racing for £55,000, and Honestchange (a five-year-old gelding by Gold Well) to Colin Tizzard for £45,000.
Donnchadh Doyle's other sales included: Hometown Hero (four-year-old gelding by Darsi) which won at Borris House on Dec. 8, for £62,000 to Dan Skelton Racing; Jerminnie Green (five-year-old mare by Jeremy) to Alan King for £35,000 after winning at Tatts Farm on Dec. 8 and the same price for Paradise Run (four-year-old filly by Fame And Glory), to Derek O Connor/D McCain Racing.
Older brother, Sean Thomas Doyle, sold Oscar Thyne (by Oscar) to Gavin Cromwell and another by Oscar to Charlie Longsdon Racing for £36,000, and Shoot To Fame (five-year-old mare by Fame And Glory) to David Pipe for £15,000.
Michael Goff of Moate Stables, Clondaw, Ferns, made a couple of valuable sales for two winners from Mainstown on Dec. 1 - Sir Sholokhov (by Sholokhov) to Highflyer Bloodstock for £80,000, and Hes A Hardy Bloke (by Aizavoski) to Margaret O'Toole for £50,000.
Finally, I noted Robincollette (five-year-old mare by Robin des Champs), sold by Benny Walsh, Crossgales Stables, Tomhaggard, to Philip Kirby for £35,000.
I wish all racing people a happy and peaceful Chjristmas and every success in 2020.
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