TWO home-bred mares topped the Monart Sale on Thursday, when the average grew from €9,000 to €12,800 and the clearance rate improved to an excellent 85%.

All three members of the sales team, Niall Griffin, Bill Levett and Polly Jackson, who acted as purchasers as well as organisers, were delighted with the outcome, with Levett saying that the horses on offer had improved since being inspected.