THE prolific Layfayette has given the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale a huge boost this season, not that the sale needed it.

Noel Meade’s recent Group 2 winner was bought by the trainer for €54,000 at this sale in 2019, which incidentally was the last time the sale was staged in Fairyhouse. Due to Covid-19, the past two editions were moved to Newmarket.

Now Ireland’s only breeze-up sale is back home and the signs are good, based on business at Newmarket and Doncaster in recent weeks.

There are 236 juveniles in the catalogue, much the same as last year when the clearance rate was an astonishing 91%. The average price a year ago was £32,325 and the median was £20,000.

The results on the track have been extremely good too. Eight of the top 10 lots sold last year have won, some of them at stakes level. King X J is probably the star so far. Bought for £100,000, he won the €300,000 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Race and has since been listed-placed for Michael O’Callaghan.

Further down the list, French Claim (£36,000) stands out. He finished third in the Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday for Paddy Twomey.

Among the eyecatching lots in the 2022 catalogue are a Caravaggio half-brother to listed winner Sirici, an Invincible Spirit half-brother to the Group 2 winner Banimpire, whose half-sister is the dam of Twilight Payment, a Lope De Vega colt out of Group 1-placed Strathnaver from the family of UAE 1000 Guineas winner Siyaadah, a Sea The Stars full-brother to listed winner Rakan out of Group 2-winning Tarfasha, a No Nay Never colt out of Group 3 Musidora Stakes winner Aviate, and an Army Mule colt out of two-time winning two-year-old mare Glamnation.

Established stallions with progeny in the catalogue include Australia, Dark Angel, Exceed And Excel, Invincible Spirit, Kingman, Kodiac, Make Believe, Night Of Thunder. There are also juveniles on offer by young sires of note such as Ardad, Churchill, El Kabeir, Expert Eye, Harry Angel, Kessaar, Mehmas, Profitable, Sioux Nation, Tasleet, U S Navy Flag and Zoustar.

Some 18 two-year-olds are qualified for French owners’ premiums and 78 of those catalogued are qualified for the Swedish Derby and Oaks series.

Catalogue highlights

Lot 7: Elzaam half-sister to five US winners.

Lot 14A: Lope De Vega full-brother to six-time winner Mondammej.

Lot 16: Camacho half-sister to five winners including listed race winner Insignia Of Rank.

Lot 19: No Nay Never colt out of placed full-sister to Group 2 winner Battle Of Marengo.

Lot 20: Kingman filly out of French Group 3 winner Lil’wing.

Lot 21: New Approach filly out of Group 3 winner Local Time.

Lot 28: Sea The Moon colt out of an Italian listed winner who has bred a listed race winner in Germany and the dual purpose Green Book.

Lot 31: Caravaggio half-brother to listed winning juvenile Sirici.

Lot 33: Flower Desert, a Mehmas filly out of five-time Qatari winner Mojave Desert.

Lot 36: Mukhadram colt out of listed placed Mooakada, already dam of Group 3 winner Mahsoob.

Lot 42: Invincible Spirit colt out of dual listed winner My Renee, dam of six winners including Group 2 winner Banimpire.

Lot 43: Cotai Glory half-brother to Gimcrack Stakes runner-up and Dewhurst Stakes fourth Devilwala.

Lot 43A: Zoustar filly out of listed-placed dam.

Lot 47A: Showcasing half-brother to four winners, including Coventry Stakes runner-up Headway.

Lot 47B: No Nay Never half-sister to four winners, including listed winner Bebhinn.

Lot 50: Taaref (by Kitten’s Joy) half-brother to French listed winner Honey Cake.

Lot 60: Dutch Art half-brother to listed placed Significantly.

Lot 63: The Last Lion half-brother to 2021 European champion three-year-old sprinter Suesa.

Lot 80: Medaglia D’Oro colt out of listed placed juvenile So Stylish, dam of two winners.

Lot 82A: Expert Eye half-brother to six winners, including Group 3 winner Projection.

Lot 82B: No Nay Never filly out of placed full-sister to The Blue Brilliant, and dam of one winner from one runner.

Lot 85: Churchill half-brother to five winners including US Grade 3 winner Justaroundmidnight.

Lot 86: Lope De Vega colt out of US Grade 3 winner Strathnaver.

Lot 100: Sea The Stars colt out of Group 2 winner Tarfasha, already dam of stakes winner and full-brother Rakan and stakes placed Wuqood.

Lot 112: Kodiac half-brother to four winners including multiple Italian listed winner Zapel.

Lot 123: Zoffany colt out of a full-sister to Derby runner-up Dragon Dancer, own-brother to dual purpose winner Britzka and listed placed Nibbling.

Lot 127: Karakontie half-brother to three winners, including multiple US Grade 3 winner Change Of Control.

Lot 129: No Nay Never colt out of US Grade 2 winner and Group 3 Musidora winner Aviate.

Lot 130: Starspangledbanner half-brother to US Grade 1 winner Cambina.

Lot 132A: Mehmas half-sister to a winner.

Lot 133: Galileo Gold half-brother to six winners including listed winner Terror.

Lot 137: Areion own-brother to Italian Group 3 winner Binti Al Nar.

Lot 158: Siyouni filly out of Group 3 placed Clenor, dam of a winner.

Lot 163: Fast Company half-brother to listed winner Washaar.

Lot 176: Lightning Spear half-brother to three winners including Group 3 placed Dream Day.

Lot 179: War Command full-brother to listed winner Isaan Queen.

Lot 192: Sioux Nation half-sister to eight-time winner (including Australian Group 2) Sixties Groove.

Lot 193: Army Mule (grandson of A.P. Indy) colt out of Canadian dual winner Glamnation.

Lot 196: Exceed And Excel half-brother to French Group 3 winner Dibajj.

Lot 202: Kodiac half-brother to four winners including listed placed Tamadhor.

Lot 210: Gregorian half-sister to six winners including Group 3 winner Stormfly.

Lot 215: Zoffany half-brother to six winners including Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed Zacinto.

Sale Info

Sale: Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale at Fairyhouse, Co Meath.

Date: Breezing at Fairyhouse Racecourse from 10am on Wednesday, May 18th. Selling from 10.30am on Thursday, May 19th.

Lots: 236

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