Flemensfirth foals dominates Tatts Ireland

It has been an auction dominated by Coolmore’s sires and on Wednesday at the Tattersalls Ireland November Sale, it was the turn of Flemensfirth to head trade.

Leading the way was €92,000 March-born grandson of the outstanding mare Fortune’s Girl who was snapped up by former trainer Henrietta Knight.

“He’s going to head to the UK and he’s been bought to race,” said Knight after seeing off Ian Ferguson for The Beeches Stud offering. “I would say that he is the nicest foal that I’ve seen here so far this week. He’s a colt with everything. He’s by a sire I love, he’s from a good family and he’s got the size, scope and movement.”

A Flemensfirth son of Listed-placed Liss Na Tintri, offered by Five Naughts Stud for Niall Flynn, was picked up by Ivor McGrath for €90,000.

“We’ll see what he grows into, but the intention at the moment would be to bring him back to the Derby Sale. He could be kept to race too, but we’ll see how he goes,” declared McGrath.

The Old Vic mare Old Moon has produced high-class performers such as Noble Endeavor, Minella Daddy and Planet Nine from her previous liaisons with Flemensfirth and Ian Ferguson is hoping that record will be added to by her 2018 colt foal.

The trainer and agent paid €80,000 for the youngster and said: “I very much doubt that he will be coming back, he’s been bought to race. He’s just a very nice horse and the way trade was here on Tuesday we are just delighted to have been able to get him.”

Aiden Murphy also spent €80,000 on a Flemensfirth colt, a half-brother to G1-placed Campeador offered by Ennel Bloodstock.

“He’s been bought for Ciaran Conroy’s Glenvale Stud to come back here as a three-year-old. He’s by a top sire and he’s a half-brother to a very talented horse – he had plenty going for him,” said Murphy.

Cyril O’Hara of Ennel Bloodstock added: “The mare is back in foal to Flemensfirth. He is a very good sire, but there are not too many on the open market now and so they are collectors’ items."