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.
The two-month-old Weidyfleur II embryo was by far the top lot at the AES & Brightwells Elite Foal Auction
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This year some horses swapped hands for some serious money. Here we round up the top lots at some of
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
|1||MBF Hats Off||Gelding||6||Valentine Tourres||27,000|
|2||Dario Fo||Gelding||6||Miranda Loffet||10,000|
|3||Ballyshan MBF Flash||Gelding||6||Cormac Kennedy||15,000|
|5||Boleybawn Freedom||Gelding||6||Caithal Daniel||40,000|
|6||Stonehaven Penhills Cobra||Gelding||5||N/S|
|7||EPA Murray||Gelding||5||Helen White||24,000|
|9||Kilcandra Ocean Power||Gelding||5||Michael Jung||19,000|
|12||Ougtherard Royale||Mare||5||PJ Martin Ltd||16,500|
|14||Marinas Olivia||Mare||5||James Turner||13,000|
|16||Kilcannon Dude||Gelding||4||Samantha Wilson||35,000|
|17||Ballyneety No Rocket||Gelding||4||Sam Watson||25,000|
|19||MBF All In Time||Gelding||4||Emily King||30,000|
|20||D Millo Express||Gelding||4||N/S|
|21||Emerald Emoe||Filly||4||Miranda Loffet||22,000|
|22||Beechfields Nadal||Gelding||4||David Mitson||14,000|
|23||Grantstown Class||Gelding||4||Donal Barnwell||8,000|
|24||Kiltubrid Candy||Filly||4||Stella Benatti||40,000|
|25||Barretstown Wow||Gelding||4||Donal Barnwell||15,000|
|26||Saunderscourt Furisto||Gelding||4||Donal Barnwell||10,000|
|31||The Ridge Cavalier||Gelding||4||Cormac Kennedy||26,000|
|32||Ballymoyle Pilot||Gelding||4||Debbie Davies||40,000|
|34||Camross Cruise||Gelding||4||Sam Ecroyd||11,000|
|35||Shanroe Peeters||Gelding||4||Sterrebeek Equestrian Farm||28,000|
|37||Kilnamac Croga||Gedling||3||Richard Sheane/Oliver Townend||45,000|
|39||MBF Bite The Bullet||Gedling||3||GHF Equestrian||17,000|
|40||Kilpatrick Treasure One||Colt||3||John Bannon||8,000|
|41||Ballynoecastle Q||Gelding||3||Ibby Macpherson||18,000|
|43||FMSH Highway||Gelding||3||Trusted Accounts Ltd||46,000|
|44||Greannanstown Soolmoy Royal||Gelding||3||David Mitson||17,000|
|46||Portlaoise Radical Chick||Filly||3||Dominik Burger||8,000|
|47||Jordan Cobra||Gelding||3||Gearoid Costello||25,000|
|49||RNH Black Tie||Gelding||3||JS U Ltd.||14,500|
|51||Dourough Ferro Class Act||Gelding||3||Agnes Fabricius||20,000|
|52||Kiltubrid Danny||Gelding||3||Patricia Heffernan||16,000|
|54||BP KO Jax||Gelding||3||David Mitson||22,000|
|56||HVL Kilcannon||Gelding||3||Susan MacLachlan||10,000|
|59||MBF Countdown||Gelding||3||Bernie Warfe||17,000|
|61||The Last Of Adam||Gelding||3||Nicolai Aldinger||10,000|
|62||Royal Trend||Filly||3||Michael Jung||8,000|
|63||Classicals Smartie Pants||Gelding||3||Debbie Davies||11,500|
|64||Killaloe Flash The Cash||Gelding||3||Vicki Irlam||18,000|
|65||Keamore OBOS Cruz||Gelding||3||N/S|
NB: these results above are provisional and may be subject to change.
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