Walk In The Park

Walk In The Park In Demand On Day 1 Of Goffs

Following a fantastic start by his first Irish-conceived four-year-olds, Walk In The Park proved popular on the opening day of the Goffs Land Rover Sale, where Denis Murphy’s Ballyboy Stables went to €100,000 for Lot 211 from Ballincurrig House Stud.

The bay gelding is a half-brother to three black-type horses, while his winning dam counts Grade 3 performer Mrs Wallensky amongst her siblings. Tuesday’s result bodes well for Shannon Rose’s yearling filly by the same sire.

Earlier in the session, Jerry Hinds and Ash Head combined to secure Manister House Stud’s son of Walk In The Park for €70,000 (Lot 123). Another gelding by the Grange Stud sire was sold by White Horse Stud to Mags O’Toole for €68,000, while Monbeg Stables went to €65,000 for Rathturtin Stud’s offering.

Walk In The Park’s popularity with the point-to-point fraternity comes as no surprise, given that the sire was responsible for two record prices last November. JP McManus gave £570,000 for Jonbon, a full-brother to Douvan, who has since won his only other start for Nicky Henderson. Bective Stud, meanwhile, stretched to €470,000 for impressive newcomer Ginto, who later stretched clear in a Navan bumper for Gordon Elliott.