THE store sales season kicks off next Tuesday when Tattersalls Ireland hosts its one-day May Store Sale.
This sale is in its fifth year and has quickly established itself as a significant auction, even though the past two editions have been staged in August due to Covid-19.
Last year’s sale saw a record top price of €115,000 and the clearance rate of 78% was also a record.
The recent Aintree Grand National meeting produced a couple of a big winners for May Store Sale graduates. Lookaway, winner of the Grade 2 bumper, was picked up for just €6,200 at the sale in 2020. After winning a point-to-point he was moved on for £170,000.
Party Business won the opening race at Aintree on Grand National day, a Grade 3 handicap hurdle, and he was a €40,000 buy at the 2019 May Store Sale.
Other notable graduates to have made headlines last season include Shantreusse (€50,000), an impressive winner of a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Clonmel for Henry de Bromhead, and the Grade 3 Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle winner Suprise Package, who cost only €4,200 as a store here.
The 2022 catalogue features own or half-brothers and sisters to several blacktype winners including the own-brother to Grade 1 Challow Hurdle winner Poetic Rhythm, a half-brother to the Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Handicap winner Show Court, a half-brother to the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase winner Apache Stronghold, a half-sister to the Grade 3 Sandown Gold Cup Handicap Chase winner Talkischeap, and a half-brother to the Grade 3 handicap hurdle winner Invicta Lake.
All horses catalogued for the May Store Sale are eligible for the €100,000 Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper 2023.
Lot 5: Sandmason half-brother to four-time winner Enemy Coast Ahead.
Lot 16: Milan half-sister to two winners, including five-time winner Avondhu Lady.
Lot 41: Golden Lariat full-brother to high-class handicap chaser Dingo Dollar.
Lot 42: Getaway half-sister to useful handicap chaser The Hollow Ginge.
Lot 43: Flemensfirth half-brother to Grade 1 Challow Hurdle winner Poetic Rhythm.
Lot 46: Mahler half-brother to US Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick Hurdle winner Show Court.
Lot 54: Cloudings half-brother to four winners including six-time winner Wymott and five-time winner Testify.
Lot 58: Youmzain half-brother to four winners including Grade 1 placed Colour Squadron and Cheltenham Festival winner Milan Native.
Lot 70: Getaway half-sister to two winners including listed hurdle race winner Cedarwood Road.
Lot 113: Asacalon half-sister to Sandown Gold Cup Handicap Chase winner Talkischeap.
Lot 121: Jet Away half-brother to three winners including Grade 3 handicap hurdle winner Invicta Lake.
Lot 122: Court Cave half-sister to five winners including six-time winner Louis’ Vac Pouch and five-time winner Kilkishen.
Lot 135: Kalanisi gelding out of winning own-sister to Forpadydeplasterer.
Lot 145: Let The Lion Roar half-brother to Grade 2 hurdle race winner and Grade 1 placed Apache Stronghold.
Lot 155: Doyen half-brother to blacktype bumper mare Hats And Heels.
Lot 164: Califet half-sister to high-class handicap chaser Musical Slave, placed second in the Sandown Gold Cup last month.
Lot 173: Rajj gelding out of Grade 1-placed hurdler Keppols Queen.
Lot 177: Affinisea half-brother to blacktype chaser Any News.
Lot 178: Leading Light half-brother to six-time winner Mount Mews, Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed.
Lot 192: Milan gelding out of placed own-sister to Peregrine Run.
Lot 196: Bogo, a three-year-old gelding by Petillo out of a multiple French Grade 3 winner.
Lot 203: Shantou half-brother to five European winners including Memphis, a listed winner on the flat in Germany.
Lot 206: Sandmason half-sister to six-time jumps winner Sea Light.
Lot 212: Affinisea half-brother to four winners including six-time winner Benbens and four-time winner Join The Clan.
Lot 215: Jukebox Jury half-sister to three winners including blacktype chaser Ben Dundee.
Lot 226: Ocovango half-brother to blacktype hurdler Golden Jewel.
Sale: Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale at Tattersalls Ireland, Ratoath, Co Meath.
Date: Tuesday, May 10th (10.30am)