British rider spends €59,000 on top lot at Goresbridge Go for Gold sale

It was a Who’s Who of the eventing scene as a host of top riders gathered for this year’s Go for Gold select event horse sale in Gorey, Ireland (12-13 November). Michael Jung, Oliver Townend, Izzy Taylor and Sam Watson were among the 500-odd people attending the auction.

An unnamed three-year-old by OBOS Quality 004 topped the sale at €59,000 (£51,000) and is bound for Britain, having been bought by Sam Ecroyd. The bay gelding combines the jumping prowess of his sire with plenty of thoroughbred blood, via his damsire, the top event stallion Ghareeb.

OBOS Quality offspring were the order of the day — he had seven selected for the sale, although the others proved less popular with buyers.

While this ninth renewal of the sale lacked the show-stopper of last year, when Gurtera Mattie Clover made €130,000, many more horses made their reserve price than in 2017. The overall average of the 48 horses sold was around €20,000, and six going for over €40,000.

Three of the older horses — four- five- and six-year-olds — shared top lot in this category, selling for €40,000 each. Boleybawn Freedom (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet x Courage II) wowed Monday morning’s crowd at Barnadown Showjumping in Co. Wexford, with his flatwork and showjumping display. His maternal granddam is international showjumper Ardenteggle Flight (by Errigal Flight), and he looks to have inherited that scope. The five-year-old bay gelding will stay in Ireland, with World Equestrian Games team silver medallist Cathal Daniels.

Two four-year-olds joined Boleybawn Freedom on €40,000: a bay filly Kiltubrid Candy (Sligo Candy Boy x Lombardo) and Ballymoyle Pilot, a chestnut gelding by Pappenheimer x Nearly A Nose.

Kiltubrid Candy — whose three-year-old full-brother Kiltubrid Danny later sold for just €16,000 — went to Berkshire-based Italian rider Stella Benatti.

Oliver Townend went home with two whom he will be hoping might emulate his Go for Gold graduate Cooley SRS, runner-up at Badminton this year. Together with Richard Sheane, Oliver paid €45,000 for third-top lot, three-year-old Kilnamac Croga (Courage II x Cruising), a delightful dark grey whose loose-jumping display mirrored his impeccable breeding.

Oliver also bought an unnamed three-year-old by Samgemjee x OBOS Quality 004, with his favoured Ramiro B lines in the sire line, for €15,000.

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Meanwhile Emily King looks to have a cracker on her hands in MBF All In Time (Emperor Augustus x Ballintogher Leo), a four-year-old who went under the hammer for €30,000.

There were bargains to be had, too. Donal Barnwell scooped up four, with an average price of €11,375. And Michael Jung purchased one of the second cheapest horses of the night, Royal Trend, a three-year-old filly by Future Trend x Cult Hero. Michael, still sporting a sling from breaking his shoulder at Le Lion last month, also bought Kilcandra Ocean Power (BGS Ocean Wave x Bonnie Prince) for €19,000.

Goresbridge Go for Gold 2018 sale results

NB: these results above are provisional and may be subject to change.

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