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News: 13 June 2010


Court Cave enhanced his rapidly growing reputation this week at the 2 day Goffs Land Rover Sales.

His 4 offspring offered for sale all sold and realised an average selling price of almost €20,000. This was one of the highest averages of any sire. In fact, of all sires with 2 or more lots sold, Court Cave was the 3rd leading active Irish Sire behind none other than Presenting (€12,000 fee) and King’s Theatre (€9,000 Fee). See enclosed table for the full list of sires’ averages.

First up for sale was a 4 year old gelding out of Ardagh Princess, offered for sale by his breeder Sean Naughton from Co. Longford. A big athletic individual, he attracted a lot of attention and was knocked down for €11,000 to Donnacha Doyle from Wexford.

His 2nd offering was a 3 year old gelding out of the Orchestra mare Broken Rein. Bred by Ian Downey from Slane in Co. Meath, this gelding is closely related to top chasers Light The Wad (Arkle winner), Aherlow (Feltham Chase winner) and Chow Mein, who won the Galway Plate in the Downey colours. He was purchased by amateur jockey Kevin Power who was standing with Phillip Fenton and realised €17,500.

Better was to come on Day 2. Two more Court Cave 3 year olds were very much in demand and despite being catalogued towards the end of the sale, this wasn’t a deterrent to the many prospective buyers.

Lot 503 from Boardsmill Stud was a home bred gelding out of the Orchestra mare Theatral. He is the last foal out of the ill fated Theatral, a mare who served us well at Boardsmill having bred 6 winners to date both on the flat and over jumps. The most notable of these being the Grade 3 juvenile hurdle winner Spirit Dancer. Hailing from a very precocious family (Theatral was a rare 3 year old hurdle winner by Orchestra and her dam Roselita was a 2 year old winner at the Curragh by Deep Run!), it was no surprise to see this gelding popular in the sales ring. He was knocked down to Welsh trainer Evan Williams, who has enjoyed considerable success with progeny of Kalanisi.

Last but not least, Court Cave’s final representative was a 3 year old gelding out of Tipsy Miss (also by Orchestra). Described by many judges as a real chasing type, this gelding was bred by the late Jim Ruane from near Tara in Co. Meath. Jim was a great supporter of Boardsmill Sires and gained great pleasure when Tipsy Miss’ 1st runner Amalfitano (by Semillon), won a Listed Hurdle at Limerick. Sadly, Jim passed away in 2007 and this was the last horse he bred. Purchased in February 2008 by Monaghan based Susan Traynor for just €6,500, this gelding yielded his new owner a handsome profit by selling this week for €30,000. The purchaser was Peter Vaughan of Moanmore Stables.

To view a full list of sales results for SIRES with two or more lots sold at the June 2010 Land Rover Sale please click here.

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