Lot 89 (g) Nathaniel –

Miss Wells

Vendor: Railstown Stud

Purchaser: Bobby O’Ryan/Gordon Elliott

Price: €100,000

In the aftermath of his son Desert Crown winning last weekend’s Derby, Nathaniel was represented by two geldings at this week’s sale and the first of those was a half-brother to four winners who was showing a tremendous yield on the 8,500gns he cost at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale a couple of years ago. A career with Gordon Elliott beckons for this grandson of Galileo.

Lot 151 (g) Affinisea –

Princess’s Choice

Vendor: Peter Nolan Bloodstock

Purchaser: Peter & Ross Doyle/Tizzard

Price: €72,000

The first crop of four-year-olds sired by Affinisea have certainly been making an impression over the last few months and the level of interest in the second crop of the Sea The Stars horse was amply underlined by this gelding who was showing a good return on the €10,000 he cost as a foal. This half-brother to a winner is out of an own-sister to the talented Bog Warrior.

Lot 185 (g) Masked Marvel – Shabby Gold

Vendor: Treannahow Stables

Purchaser: H. Kirk/W.P. Mullins

Price: €100,000

The former St Leger winner Masked Marvel, who is based in France, has achieved some interesting results from his first few crops of racing age. In terms of Ireland his best representative is Gordon Elliott’s classy hurdler Teahupoo, while in France his five-year-old son Sel Jem was a most impressive winner of last month’s Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. These results clearly weren’t lost on purchasers with the eight three-year-olds on offer by the sire this week returning an average of €71,125. The second most expensive was this son of a winning Irish Wells mare who will join the champion trainer’s all-conquering team for the coming seasons.

Lot 258 (g) Brave Mansonnien – Virgata

Vendor: Gibberpatrick Stud

Purchaser: Ian Ferguson

Price: €75,000

Brave Mansonnien had just two representatives in this year’s sale and the first gelding on offer by the sire of Bravemansgame looked an intriguing prospect for the future. Already named Vicomte Le Brave, he is a half-brother to Gavin Cromwell’s Albert Bartlett winner Vanillier and comes from a family that has enjoyed plenty of success over jumps and on the flat across Europe. He was bought by Ian Ferguson who has secured so many quality jumpers in their formative years.

Lot 321 (f) Walk In The Park – Betty Roe

Vendor: Ballincurrig House Stud

Purchaser: Highflyer

Price: €80,000

In what was a strong sale for fillies the Highflyer team looked to have picked up an interesting prospect in this granddaughter of Montjeu. She is a half-sister to two winners including one of the more promising bumper performers of last season in Paul Nolan’s Sandor Clegane. Furthermore, she is out of a half-sister to a Grade 1-winning bumper horse in Supreme Developer and all this points to her having the capacity to develop into a quality sort in the early stages of her career.