The opening session of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, the sale held in Ireland for the first time since 2019, was headed by a son of the first-crop Tally Ho-based sire Inns Of Court (Invincible Spirit), who sold for €110,000.
The Mountain View Stud-consigned colt headed up a fantastic day's trade which produced an average of €31,861, a five per cent increase on 2021's figure, a median of €27,000, a 15 per cent increase on 2021 and a record for a single session of the September Yearling Sale, while the aggregate of €6,436,000 was a small fall of 5 per cent from 2021 albeit a smaller catalogue.
The first yearling colt by the young Tally-Ho Stud-based stallion Inns Of Court to go through the Fairyhouse sale ring was bought by agent Ed Sackville, who signed for the colt on behalf of John and Jess Dance's Manor House Farm.
He is out of the Listed-placed Unfuwain mare Silk Fan, a half-sister to the dual Group 2 winner Gutaifan. She is the dam of seven winners, including the Group 3-placed Haikbidiac.
Sackville said: "He is a lovely stamp of a horse and a really big, strong and imposing type – I have never seen so many people bid on one horse! John and Jess will decide on a trainer once the horse has got back to England and they have seen him.
"Inns Of Court is an unproven stallion, but he is by a proven sire of sires in Invincible Spirit. If he is anything like Tally-Ho Stud's recent first-season stallions he is going to have a very good chance of being successful; I would hope we are in safe hands."
The first lot to a six-figure sum at this year's sale was Lot 176 – the colt by Footstepsinthesand (Giant's Causeway) bought on one bid of €100,000 by trainer Sheila Lavery's brother John Lavery.
The delighted trainer said: "He is a stand-out for us – he has a lovely attitude, he was up here watching everything with his ears, looking around but going forward the whole time. He is a very straightforward horse. He is for John to own, and I will train for him."
Out of the Listed winner and Group 2-placed Sciolina (Oratorio), the colt has the benefit of a recent pedigree update – his 2018 half-brother Erosandpsyche (Sepoy) finished second in the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend.
The September Yearling Sale continues on Wednesday with a further 230 yearlings. The sale commences at 10.00am. Click here to view the