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Rise of team Monbeg continues on day two of the Derby sale

Rise of team Monbeg continues on day two of the Derby sale

The 2018 edition of the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale drew to a close on Thursday on a day where the strength of the buying power held by those from within the point-to-point sector reached a new high.

For the first time, the Monbeg team, which includes leading handlers Donnchadh and Sean Doyle, became the number one purchasers at the Derby sale, Ireland’s top store sale.
16 purchases on Thursday, saw the Monbeg team bring home a total of 33 horses to Wexford after spending a total sum in excess of €1.36 million.
Chief among their day two purchases was lot 281, a Jeremy gelding from Ballooley Townland Stables, and at €90,000, he is certainly one of their most expensive individual purchases to date.
Given the remarkable level of success enjoyed by the off-spring of Jeremy, it is no surprise that they were keen to secure the bay three-year-old, from the late Sunnyhill Stud resident.
Interestingly, the Jeremy gelding hails from a family in demand at the Derby sale, with his one-year older half-sister, who is now named Scarlet And Dove, having been bought by Joseph O’Brien for €70,000 in the Fairyhouse sale ring last year.
At €85,000, lot 325 a son of Martaline was one of three further €50,000-plus purchases for the Monbeg team on Thursday, which included, lot 298 a Presenting gelding for €60,000, and a Robin Des Champs filly (lot 242), who they gave €52,000 for.
A sale ending average spend of €41,409 represents their highest ever average purchase price at the Derby sale, up 9% in 12 months. 
Bowe retains faith in Glibin
Colin Bowe, who was out of luck when outbid on a number of horses on day one of the Derby sale, certainly made amends on day two when acquiring seven three-year-old’s for his 2019 team.
Five of those purchases by the reigning champion handler were for prices varying from €47,000 up to €70,000.
That top price being paid for Glenwood Stud’s Oscar gelding (lot 345), the first produce out of Glibin, a Luso mare that he trained to win a Taylorstown point-to-point and to pick-up black type in a Grade 3 at Cork.
Paurick O’Connor has introduced a number of smart sorts in recent times, and he struck early in the day, picking-up two lots by lunchtime, including a French-bred son of Le Havre named Pozo Emery, who came with a price tag of €62,000.
Having parted with €240,000 to pick-up four horses on day one, Joey Logan continued to re-stock on Thursday, giving €75,000 for another French-bred, this one which is named Fanamix, by Haras De Mirande’s Al Namix, the same sire as of star points graduate Petit Mouchoir.
Logan had earlier added another son of Oscar to his 2018 store sale purchases when going to €35,000 for lot 271.
Wexford bidders out in force
Wexford natives Denis Murphy, Richard Black and Rob James, who were all among the buyers on Wednesday, were back in the thick of the action on day two.
Murphy’s Ballyboy Stables will add lot 386, a Jeremy gelding that is closely related to black type performer Casey Jones and a Getaway gelding (lot 439) for €30,000. 
Murphy was not alone in adding progeny of the young stallion Getaway to his 2019 team, with his fellow Wexford countyman, Richard Black, going to €60,000 to secure lot 238, a bay gelding that is from the family of star Staying Hurdler Big Bucks. 
Rob James’ spending on day two entered six figures as he picked-up three horses for a total of €100,000, two of whom are by the late Stowaway, including Moyneard Stables’ lot 260, which cost the former southern champion €42,000.
James was not the only point-to-point jockey signing a purchaser’s docket on day two, as Harley Dunne, picked-up a trio of stores – lot 279 a Califet gelding for €21,000, lot 313 an Oscar filly for €19,000, and lot 400 a son of Milan at €32,000, whilst former jockey Patrick Turley, who has made a great start to his foray into the buying and selling market over the past number of years, was also in action.
Turley gave €42,000 for a Stowaway gelding (lot 334) that is out of an own-sister to Irish National-third Sizing Coal and also related to Albertas Run and Mister Moose.
The likes of Pat Doyle, Colin McBratney, James Doyle, Jason Higgins, Aidan Fitzgerald, Eugene O’Sullivan, Virginia Considine, James Dullea, Ciaran Murphy, David Christie, Paul Power, Colin Motherway, John Paul Brennan, Sam Curling, Andrew Latta and Tom Keating, were among the other owners and handlers that regularly feature between the flags, to have picked-up new recruits on Thursday. 
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