Horse Racing: Connell bid captures Moscow Society colt foal for EUR105,000; BLOODSTOCK DESK Ryan McElligott reports from the ninth day of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale.
A COLT foal by Moscow Society dominated proceedings on the ninth day of the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale when selling for EUR105,000.
The chestnut, who shares his sire with the great Moscow Flyer and, like that horse, is out of a Duky mare, was bought by Peria Stud man Pat Connell on behalf of owner Pat Betts.
From Hugh Williams' Ballyvolane Stud, the colt comes from a family with which Betts is familiar as he owned his Grade 2-winning siblings, Rouble and Kopeck.
Connell had to see off several different rivals for the foal but his final bid proved sufficient. He said: "It's been a lucky and unlucky family for Pat Betts as Rouble was killed at Cheltenham and Kopeck, who we bought here at the Derby Sale, won his Grade 2 first time out over hurdles but has terrible trouble with his feet. Hopefully, this one will be lucky for him."
He added: "This foal was a nice individual from a good family and he will go back to my place until he is a three-year-old."
Earlier, Aiden Murphy picked up one of the most sought-after lots of the afternoon after outbidding Walter Connors for an Oscar colt from Bishops town Stud that made EUR58,000.
He is out of a sister to two star performers for Edward O'Grady in the supremely talented chaser Nick Dundee and the AIG Champion Hurdle hero Ned Kelly.
"He's an immature foal but he is from a good family and Nigel Twiston-Davies likes his half-brother, Golden Child, who won a bumper at Worcester last month," said Murphy.
Phonsie O'Brien picked up several of the top lots, which included a EUR47,000 son of Flemensfirth, from Ballincurrig House Stud, who supplied Wednesday's EUR91,000 session topper.
O'Brien's Landscape Stud earlier signed for a son of Old Vic out of a half-sister to Jim Dreaper's top drawer chaser Merry Gale, who cost EUR43,000.
Also in action was John O'Byrne, who struck early when giving EUR40,000 for a son of King's Theatre from South Lodge Stud. His dam is a half-sister to decent chasers Corket and Market Lass.
Elsewhere, Rathmore Stud man Peter Molony was on hand to secure a Presenting colt from Hollygrove Stud for EUR40,000. His family includes the Summer Plate Chase winner Yes Sir.
"He's a good-looking foal by a sire who's doing very well and will be for resale," said Molony.
Rouble: the ill-fated Grade 2-winning hurdler is a brother of the top lot
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 10, 2006|
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