WARRINGTON show jumper and coach Eddie Moloney had good reason to pay €7,500 for Edel Reel’s Pegase van’t Ruytershof April-foaled colt which topped the day’s trading at the youngstock and breeding stock sale in Cavan Equestrian Centre on Wednesday.
Consigned as Lot 19, Carnally Reuben is out of Reel’s Porsch mare Carnally Lavender Belle who did a small bit of registered jumping herself under the name Porshas Sister. “What I noticed when looking at the catalogue was that the dam is a full-sister to Porscha, who I well remember jumping. I only saw the colt at the sale and he struck me as a rangy, athletic, modern-day foal that should make a jumper down the line.
“I didn’t breed many foals myself this year so decided to buy a couple but this was the only one I bought here,” continued Moloney. “I thought there were a lot of nice, well-bred foals in the sale but, I think, that when you have an elite section (here, the Premier Selection), breeders expect to get a lot more for those animals than the non-elite ones are making and I’d say a lot of very nice foals went home.”
In addition to being a full-sister to Porscha (CSI3*), the sales-topper is a half-brother to the Cavalier Two For Joy gelding Cartoon (CCI3*).
A late substitution in the Premier Selection, the Stephanie Vallet-bred My Name Is (Lot 59), was knocked down to Britain’s Graham Smith for €7,250. This June-foaled chesnut colt by Qlassic Bois Margot is out of a Trizano Masseure mare from the family of the 1.60m siblings Chat Botte du Ruisseau Z and Heidi du Ruisseau Z.
Randalstown’s Gillian Creighton went to €7,200 to secure Annaghquin Foxy (Lot 43), an early April-foaled filly by Zirocco Blue VDL. Consigned by Philip Swaile of Ballynakilly Farms, the chesnut, who is out of the Royal Concorde mare Annaghquin Lady Jane (CSI4*), a half-sister to the Ard VDL Douglas gelding Shannondale Douglas (CCI4*).
Connor Wilkinson’s Sirlandro Boy (Lot 39), the last lot before the start of the Premier Selection, was purchased by Michael Condon for €7,000. This April-foaled bay colt by Colandro is out of the Sandro Boy mare Kilcorig Legacy.
Padraig Connolly’s late May-foaled colt CSF Olympic Playboy (Lot 83), who was knocked down to Philip Murphy for €6,700 may well be by Cornerado VDL, but his dam, Olympic Clover, is by Clover Hill out of a Sky Boy mare. The grey is a half-brother to the Cruising stallion CSF Olympic Cruz (CSI3*) among others.
Connor Wilkinson's Colandro colt (Lot 39) fetched €7,000 at Cavan youngstock and breeding sale \ Cavan Sales
Back to the Premier Selection where Hartwell Stud’s Jonathan McCann’s Valkafcruz (Lot 58), a late April-foaled filly by Kafka Van De Heffinck was purchased by Ray Thornton for €6,250. The bay is out of the Valent mare Valmay Cruise, a full-sister to Clovalent (1.40m).
The early June-foaled SIEC Livello filly LHE Tilly Lady (Lot 44), who was consigned by her Co Wicklow breeder Louise Hegarty, was secured for €6,000 by Omagh’s Michelle McIlhatton. The bay is out of the Ramiro B mare Its Too Easy whose previous produce include the BGS Ocean View gelding SRS Newgrange (1.40m) and the Quidam Junior I mare Ballinteskin Gaia (1.30). Its Too Easy is a sibling to Dam Easy (CCI3*-S and 1.35m).
Foals certainly dominated trade with the top-priced yearling being Joshua Russell’s home-bred Annie Be Sure (Lot 42), a chesnut filly by Creevagh For Sure who was purchased by Trade Horse Ltd for €2,500 while the top-priced broodmare was Samantha Fegan’s Atlantic Bounce (Lot 107) who was knocked down to Ralph Trenier for €2,600.
In total, 53 of the 92 lots offered found new homes, a clearance rate of 58% (64% last year). The turnover was €188,500 (compared to €225,600 12 months ago) for an average of €3,250 (€3,525 in 2021).